NYC Votes 2013: John Liu

NYC Votes 2013: John Liu

June 26, 2013 at 5:22 pm

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Democratic candidate John Liu is the Comptroller of the City of New York, independently elected and sworn into office in January 2010. He served on the New York City Council from 2002 to 2009, representing District 20 in Queens. Liu entered the New York City comptroller election in 2009 and won the race on November 3, 2009, becoming the first Asian American to be elected to a city-wide office in New York City.

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On a fair wage:
"I think the $9 movement makes sense for the state as a whole, for the country as a whole. But the reality is that $9 buys a lot more in Buffalo or Binghamton than it does in the Bronx or Brooklyn. $9 buys a lot more in Salt Lake City or Oklahoma City than it does in New York City."

On stop and frisk:
"What I’m saying is there are alternatives to police strategies. Community policing such as focused deterrents, where the NYPD works hand in hand with members in the community what the stop and frisk is doing right now, given that you’re stopping hundreds of thousands of people, almost all of them have done nothing wrong. It’s creating a huge amount of distrust and a separation between the community and the police. When that happens its more difficult for the police to do their job and everybody is less safe."

On affordable housing:
"I also have an ambitious plan to build more affordable housing by using a principle called mandatory inclusionary zoning that essentially unlocks the value of our air rights to fund the creation of affordable housing without having to tax , to dig deep into taxpayers pockets. It’s something that we clearly need to do."

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