Together, we can solve our problems

Tom Shcherbenko is both the Democratic and Working Families Party candidate for Staten Island Borough President.

Community participation is crucial, as people don’t trust “top down solutions.”

Together, We Have It All

by Doña Oxford

Tom is endorsed by the following organizations:

 

              

                                             

        

“His support of our picket lines during the [Verizon] strike was instrumental to our victory.”

Steve Lawton

President, Communications Workers of America Local 1102

“A former teacher, Tom instills strong civic values in our youth by dressing up as George Washington every year for our annual student essay contest using his community activism and teaching skills.”

Rosemarie Mangano

President, South Shore Democratic Club

Let’s Work

Together

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Too many

green spaces have been replaced by empty and neglected buildings

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Our plan

will inventory all of our empty and neglected buildings, lots, and our undeveloped woodlands. With community participation, we will suggest best uses for these properties, and generate support for their improvement or preservation.

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Too many

of us worry about how we will afford the rent for our apartments or our small business.

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We need to

incentivize building owners to rent to “mom-and-pop” stores, keep rent affordable, and encourage continuous tenancy.

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We need

visionary and independent leadership dedicated to finding the common ground to bring together our diverse communities

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Tom will be

a Borough President for everyone!

Read more about the solutions
Tom will bring to our Staten Island community.

  • Too many small businesses have closed down – or are teetering on the edge.
  • Too many of our island’s beautiful old homes are falling into disrepair.
  • Too many of us worry about how we will afford the rent for our apartments or our small business.
  • Too many green spaces have been replaced by empty and neglected buildings.
  • Too many of us worry about how we will afford rising utility bills.
  • Too many of our children can’t afford to live in the same neighborhood where they grew up.
  • We need a comprehensive master plan to address our need for quality schools, dignified and economical houses, transportation, recreation centers, parks and playgrounds, and full service, top-notch hospitals.
  • We need long term planning to protect our entire shoreline from future storm surges.
  • We need visionary and independent leadership dedicated to finding the common ground to bring together our diverse communities.
  • Our comprehensive master plan will inventory all of our borough’s empty and neglected buildings and lots, and our undeveloped woodlands. Relying on community participation, we will suggest best uses for these properties, and seek both government and private funding for their improvement or preservation.
  • Our plan will determine how traffic congestion and parking in mixed commercial / residential areas can be improved to allow for easier shopping opportunities in small businesses. In some neighborhoods, we should employ the “no placard parking” system already used in parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn.
  • Our plan will catalog all existing problems in our NYCHA buildings and propose solutions to the Housing Authority and City Hall.
  • Our plan will inventory all of our island’s majestic old homes, both those that are magnificently restored and those that need repair. Our borough should be a top spot for tourists from around the world with an interest in historic homes.
  • Our master plan will include everyone in the planning process: Community Boards, civic groups, and neighborhood residents.
  • We need to incentivize building owners to rent to “mom-and-pop” stores, keep rent affordable, and encourage continuous tenancy.
  • We need to incentivize people to recycle plastic bags the same way that paper, bottles and cans are recycled.
  • We have problems, but if we rely on community participation, we can find solutions that benefit all of us. We need a Borough President who will listen to and advocate for everyone.
  • Tom has been a tireless, voluntary community activist for 50 years. When we were ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, Tom volunteered with the United Federation of Teachers to help people clean their homes. When the Special Olympics raised funds by holding the Polar Plunge, Tom jumped into the ice-cold water. Whenever a public park needed sprucing up, Tom was there, cleaning up debris or painting park benches.
  • And Tom has been fiercely independent politically, which has sometimes led him to disagree with his own party’s leadership.
  • Tom will be a Borough President for everyone.

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