Allie Ryan for City Council District 2, 2021
I ran as an independent and created The Neighborhood Party (following the Board of Election’s rules) for City Council to represent NoHo, Union Square, Lower East Side, East Village, Kips Bay, Gramercy Park, Murray Hill, and Rose Hill. I conceded to the incumbent, Councilmember Carlina Rivera, as the winner of the Council District 2 General Election (Nov. 2021). A high-quality voter base of 2434 and counting (absentee ballots are being tallied now) representing 12% of vote agreed with my platform that we needed accountable leadership, who would put all CD2 constituents first, save East River Park – implement a less destructive flood prevention plan for East River Park plus interim flood protection and improve Quality of Life with long-term solutions not short-term solutions, (such as chronic trash and litter, noise pollution, restaurant sheds, homelessness & mental health, drugs & crime, and rooftop parties).
I am a mom, documentary film producer, writer, 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 the deBlasio administration’s proposed “SoHo / NoHo Neighborhood Plan”. My family has deep roots in the East Village and the Lower East Side.
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 floodplain and into a flood wall.
I was motivated to run for City Council because I wanted to save East River Park and I wanted to work for an adaptation of an earlier less destructive community-led flood prevention plan plus interim flood protection. I also wanted to preserve the historic buildings and districts such as Soho and Noho that make our neighborhoods unique, livable, friendly and engaging. And finally I wanted to preserve local neighborhood based schools and academic programs for advanced learners of all grades.
I live here and experience many of the same issues other residents experience and even though I was not elected, I will continue to use my experience and passion to help solve the problems facing District 2 as well as call for good governance of our city elected representatives.