Roosevelt Islanders were there, and they responded enthusiastically. “My office is already drafting legislation to address the governance of Roosevelt Island that takes into account the governor’s veto of past legislation while maintaining the principle of increased community representation,” Seawright said.
She spoke of trips to Roosevelt Island with Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney to “examine leaks on the F line, have lunch at the firehouse, tour the exciting new construction of Cornell Technion, and stuff the local WIRE newspaper with inserts.”
“We will continue to fight,” Seawright said. She then listed some priorities:
• Affordable housing
• Senior citizen services
• Open space and green space
• Safer bike lanes
• The Dream Act
• An increased minimum wage
• Better quality of life
“We need many reforms in Albany, including campaign finance, ethics, and more transparency and disclosure,” she said.
Seawright paid tribute to Julia Richman, an activist for women’s rights born 160 years ago, and her grandmother, born the same year. “Imagine them, smiling today, as I stand before you as the first woman to be elected to the New York State Assembly from the 76th District.”
Seawright invited residents of her district to an open house and Women’s History Month celebration on Friday, March 20, at 1365 First Avenue (time to be announced).