On the Campaign Trail, April 17, 2013


April 17, 2013

Real Talk -- A Letter from Laurie

Dear Community,

This month I’d like to talk about an issue that matters to all of us — housing. New York City is the most expensive housing market in the country and Brooklyn is busting at the seams with new families and a thriving immigrant population. Ensuring that we have long-term “real affordable” housing options is essential to eradicating homelessness, displacement and gentrification.

We need to save the affordable housing that we have, while finding ways to leverage current development into new affordable housing. By strengthening our rent laws, preserving affordable units, combating predatory lending and helping small landlords maintain below market rates, we can keep the economic diversity that makes New York the greatest City in the world.

As I have attended several tenant meetings, I remain committed to working with tenant leaders to make sure that the proper infrastructure is put into place so that every development in the community has all of the tools and resources necessary to provide every family with a safe, healthy and nurturing environment.  As your Council Member, I will work to make sure that:

  • A comprehensive security plan is implemented in every development
  • The appropriate repairs/renovations are completed in each development
  • An environmental study is conducted throughout each development to determine if there are toxic health issues that are adversely impacting residents, and
  • Community Centers, Senior Centers and out door spaces will be activated with job fairs, intergenerational activities, after school and tutoring services, cultural and athletic activities, green markets and mental health services.

One of the major factors that led to the great housing crash and economic collapse at the end of 2008 was predatory lending. Many homeowners in our area were victims of predatory lending practices and have now found themselves dealing with toxic mortgages and on a path towards bad credit or even worse, bankruptcy. As your City Councilmember, I will introduce legislation to combat predatory lending practices as well as help those who are being hurt by these practices. No New Yorker should be held hostage by their toxic loans.

Read more about my plans on housing at the campaign website: www.lauriecumbo2013.com

The past two weeks have been very exciting for our campaign. An article profiling our campaign was posted by the Brooklyn Rail be sure to check it out!

Just last week I received the Inspiring Individual award from VeloCity at their Annual Benefit and Awards Reception. VeloCity develops innovative cycling-based urban planning and design education programs for youth from diverse, underserved communities and I am proud to have been recognized by them.

Thank you for tuning in; lookout for more updates from the campaign on Facebook and Twitter. Next time we’ll be looking more in depth into housing issues in our neighborhood.

With warmest regards,




Laurie Cumbo 







Upcoming Events  

Meet the Candidates Forum

Thursday April 18, 6:30-8:00pm, Ingersoll Community Center, 177 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn

This is one of our first candidate’s forums in the community. I hope you’ll make it out to support my campaign and to hear my responses to the issues that matter most here in the 35th! I have arranged for Ralph McDaniels of Video Music Box to host the forum and so I know that we will have an in depth discussion on the future of the 35th Council District. Be sure to bring your friends to this important event! 


Phone Banks

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-9:00pm, Marcus Attorneys, 13 Greene Ave, Brooklyn

Check out our new volunteer section of our events calendar! Get in on the team fun at these phone banks happening regularly now!  Just choose a phone bank on the date(s) that work best for you and rsvp.  We'll keep you posted from there.  And stay tuned for more volunteer opportunity postings because our ground game is truly underway!


A Prayer...   Pray_for_Humanity.jpg

Laurie shared Profound Aesthetics FB photo and comments on Tuesday:

"Praying for those in Boston today. For those in Iraq where 20 bombs were set off today. For the 30 people at a wedding in Afghanistan who were killed from a bombing today. Praying for the 29 that were killed in Somalia because of a bomb that was set off yesterday. Praying for the thousands of innocent victims of U.S. drones in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia. Praying for everyone. Praying for this whole world. Because every life matters and because they are equally important."


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