Wishing you a Happy New Year on behalf of my family, staff, and I.

At the dawn of every new year comes excitement for a fresh start and the new opportunities that await us. After a challenging year, we hope that 2021 will be full of promise and prosperity.   

As the confetti settles and loud cheers fade in the background, may the happiness that we feel on January 1st last a lifetime. With 2021 on the horizon, I know that our future will be brighter than ever because we overcame adversity. By working together, these next twelve months will serve as stepping zones to unify and uplift one another. 

With the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine underway, the end of this pandemic is near. I hope that the number of confirmed COVID cases and hospitalizations will steadily decline. Consequently, we can begin to heal and explore how our city could resume its normal operations. 

Due to the unprecedented circumstances, the Council had to prioritize the bills that protect public health and safety while promoting economic growth and sustainability during a crisis. When the City Council reconvenes on January 6, I know that we will conduct committee hearings on legislation that will help our beloved city pivot from response to recovery mode.

We must ensure that tenants and small landlords are not displaced from their communities, preserve the viability of our not-for-profit organizations, reform the police oversight process, amplify cases of missing girls and young women while identifying trends that could be tied to human trafficking. As the representative for District 45 and Co-Chair of the Women’s Caucus, I look forward to advancing legislative policies that address the many challenges that arose in our community throughout the pandemic.