Platform Summary

The following policies are an action plan to build a sustainable prosperity in Syracuse that uplifts poor and working-class people and retains and attracts middle-class people and businesses.

 

Progressive Tax Reforms: Prevent city bankruptcy and fully fund city services.

  • City Income Tax: A progressively graduated income tax on residents and commuters.
  • State Revenue-Sharing: Restore to pay for unfunded state mandates.
  • Countywide Property Tax Sharing: As recommended by the Consensus Commission.
  • NY Health Plan: State-level Medicare for All to take health care off the city budget.
  • Cut Regressive Sales and Property Taxes once other progressive tax reforms take effect.

 

Jobs for City Residents and Minorities

  • Equal Employment Opportunity Program: Improve and enforce it so that city residents and minorities get their fair share of city-funded jobs with city departments and contractors.
  • Community Hiring Hall: Create to serve as a primary source for hiring for city and city-contractor jobs in order to meet affirmative action goals for city resident and minority hiring.

 

Build Community Wealth

  • Worker Cooperatives: Develop worker co-ops where the wealth created by workers' labor stays with working families as increased income and assets.
  • Public Power and Broadband to lower the costs of living and doing business.

 

Reduce Poverty: End Syracuse having the most concentrated (segregated) poverty in U.S.

  • Inclusionary Zoning to desegregate housing by race and class.
  • Desegregate Schools: End tracking within the district and pursue inter-district desegregation by race and class.

 

Crime Reduction and Police Reform

  • Invest in poor neighborhoods: schools, jobs, housing, and youth recreation and mentoring.
  • Divest from militarized “broken windows” policing and mass incarceration.
  • Invest in community policing, de-escalation tactics, and restorative justice programs.
  • Diversify the police force.
  • Support the Citizen Review Board.
  • Support Sanctuary City policies.

 

Environmental and Economic Sustainability

  • I-81: Replace elevated highway with a community street grid and rebuild the 15th Ward as a residential and commercial neighborhood that is mixed-income, mixed-use, and walkable.
  • Deer: Employ dogs to shepherd deer out of the city.
  • Sidewalks: Municipal responsibility for snow removal and maintenance.
  • 100% Renewable Energy: Public power to move the city toward affordable clean energy.

 

Inclusive Democracy

  • Neighborhood Assemblies: Neighborhood-directed planning and participatory budgeting.
  • Proportional Representation on Common Council.
  • Ranked-Choice Instant Runoff Voting for Mayor, Auditor, and Council President.
  • Public Campaign Fund: Public funding for candidates who opt out of private funding.
  • Metropolitan Government:
    • No to the Consensus Commission proposal that disempowers Syracuse residents and consolidates segregation.
    • Yes to metropolitan government based on Proportional Representation, the Federation of Cities and Towns, and includes Public Schools and Housing Authorities. A democratic metro government is necessary to desegregate housing and schools, plan land use, and coordinate economic development for shared prosperity and ecological sustainability.

 

 

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