Allie Ryan for City Council District 2, 2021
I’m running as independent and created The Neighborhood Party (a new political party) for City Council to represent NoHo, Union Square, Lower East Side, East Village, Kips Bay, Gramercy Park, Murray Hill, and Rose Hill because we need accountable leadership, who will put all CD2 constituents first.
I am a mom, documentary film producer, and community organizer. I have dedicated most of my time as of late to preserving high quality education for all children, saving East River Park from being demolished and preventing over development such as what is proposed for Governors Island. My family has deep roots in the East Village and the Lower East Side with myself living here 13 years and my husband nearly 30 years.
I got active in NYC politics a few years ago because Mayor deBlasio’s school policies directly impacted my children’s learning as well as the switchero from the community-led East Side Coastal Resiliency Project with the current project that plans to demolish East River Park and transform it from a flood plain and into a flood wall.
I am motivated to run for City Council because I want to save East River Park and I want to champion an adaptation of the community-led East Side Coastal Resiliency Project. I also seek to preserve the historic buildings and districts such as Soho and Noho that make our neighborhoods unique, livable, friendly and engaging. And finally I want to preserve local neighborhood based schools and advanced programs for advanced learners of all grades.
I want to create genuine affordable housing and finish repairs on NYCHA buildings and push for more lower middle class and low income affordable homeownership programs.
I want to use my experience and passion for the neighborhood to be an effective politician who preserves the quality of downtown Manhattan living for the future generations of the residents who live here now.