Dianne Morales

Democratic Mayoral Candidate

A non-profit executive running as an outsider who promises to radically transform the way the city is run in the name of equity and justice for minority communities and the poor

Candidate's Standing On The Issues

Education

  • Focused on improving public schools instead of charter schools to help the communities with low-income families. (Bloomberg)
  • Wants to get kids out of the classroom in a traditional manner. Introducing them to different industries and careers. (Bloomberg)
  • Wants to desegregate schools and remove all policing from schools. (TheChief)
  • “I certainly don’t think that police-free schools are the only mechanism to move towards equity, [but] I do think it is a critical first step towards bringing equity into our schools.” (TheChief)

Public Safety

  • Wants a $3B cut to the police budget. (Bloomberg)
  • Believes that the police do not prevent crime, they respond to it. In the last year murders in NYC are up 40% despite the fact that there has not been “a substantive decrease in the police budget”. Morales states that this “counters any notion that police and more police equate to or result in safer communities.” (Bloomberg)
  • Believes in a community-first service that sends responders to calls that are not officially crimes yet. The community-first service would only be a fraction of all the services she hopes to have such as clinics, human-services organizations and mental health specialists. (Bloomberg)
  • Believes that poverty is criminalized to such an extent when it should not be. The $3B she plans to take from the NYPD’s budget will go towards the community-first service. (InTheseTimes)
  • Under her plan, the social issues that the NYPD would not respond to include housing, mental health, substance abuse and so on. (InTheseTimes)

Housing & Homelessness

  • The community-first teams would respond to mental health situations, connect individuals to services to help them address a condition, instead of being held for a night and then released the next day. (Bloomberg)
  • “In my first 100 days, I’m launching NYC 5000, a five borough culturally responsive intervention strategy to connect New Yorkers with the critical support they need in light of the pandemic and the poor vaccine roll-out that disproportionately impacted Black, Brown and immigrant communities.” (NYCFoodPolicy)
  • Believes that housing is a human right. Wants to move away from the model of providing housing that gives tax subsidies and incentives to housing developers. (InTheseTimes)
  • Services will be created for individuals with mental health issues. The community-first service will also deal with any crime-progressing situations that are reported due to mental illness. (NYDaily News)

Small Businesses

  • Wants to prioritize tax relief efforts to small and mid-sized businesses to regenerate the economy. (Bloomberg)
  • Morales talks about the basic income and how low-income New Yorkers would be able to have access to many services including rent relief for tenants and small businesses, and housing for the homeless. Morales has not released any information on how much the pledge would cost or the specific details. (Spectrum)

Who is Dianne Morales?

Dianne Morales, a non-profit executive who has never held political office, is running as a progressive outsider. She notes she would be the first Afro-Latina mayor and promises to be a champion for the poor. Her biggest plan is to slash funding for the NYPD and use the $3 billion she would save to fund programs for the poor. Morales is clearly the farthest left of any of the major candidates.

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