I’m Erin Hussein. I am the daughter of a public school teacher and a retired US Army general and the granddaughter of Muslim immigrants. In 1988 I came to New York City to go to college and then law school at Columbia, and the City has been my home ever since.
I have been a lawyer, a stay-at-home mom, and a fundraiser, and for the better part of two decades, I have dedicated myself to serving as the president of one of the largest coops in District 2. Together we have watched our district become unrecognizable and decisions be made that don’t reflect the will of the community. We have felt unheard and powerless, and this is why I am running for City Council.
We never got the protections promised by the current councilmember to prevent the vibrant, mixed-use neighborhood south of Union Square from being torn down and rebuilt as Silicon Alley. Instead of affordable housing at a transportation crossroads, a tech hub rises to house market-rate offices which now may never be fully occupied. The East River Park and its one thousand trees are slated to be destroyed. Historic districts in SoHo and NoHo are targeted to be upzoned for super-tall buildings, maybe luxury apartments or maybe more offices. The Seaport and Chinatown, and neighborhoods all over the city, are under gentrification pressure, and half of Governors Island is to be converted to hotels and a facility that could easily be occupied by Amazon dabbling in climate change research.
This is the best district in the best city on earth. It deserves a better listener in our neighborhoods and a stronger voice in City government. It deserves a choice. If you agree, please join me.