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on the Issues


Inez E. Dickens has made it her life’s work to preserve Harlem. She has been resolute in her drive to make Harlem a place where residents want to live and where visitors want to play. She continues a legacy of advocating for the voiceless, and fighting for the under-privileged, under-resourced, and under-represented.

The Right Priorities

Ensuring  a Fair Criminal Justice System

Many know our criminal justice system is working as it is designed to do - remove black and brown people from society. Inez has aggressively fought to secure a fair criminal justice system while supporting anti and cure violence programs. From legislation for justice-minded reform such as decriminalizing marijuana possession to ensuring adequate health care staffing at corrections facilities, she is on the frontlines tackling issues that are impacting our community.

Education - Investing in the Future

 Having access to information is the cornerstone of education. Having state-of-the-art technology at your fingertips is next-level knowledge building to help students and families unlock resources that put them above par with other school districts. Seeing a great need, Inez has built technology libraries in several school districts and renovated public libraries throughout the 70th Assembly District.

Creating and Preserving Affordable Housing

Inez has always prioritized one of our most fundamental needs – housing. With a pragmatic approach, she has worked collaboratively to create and preserve affordable housing, a necessity for families feeling the strain of rising inflation. From rental assistance vouchers to increased numbers of houses in stock, Inez’s negotiating skills have aided her success in ensuring the area median income for affordable housing units were within the right percentages that make living affordable for our most vulnerable populations.

Support for Seniors

Our seniors deserve to live with dignity, even when they may need assistance while aging. Inez has been a staunch advocate for the elderly by funding senior programs and helping to create affordable senior housing.

Equal Rights for LGBTQIA+

Inez has been supportive of Homeward Central Harlem, a construction project to bring a $22 million LGBTQ-affirming supportive housing development to Harlem for formerly homeless young adults. Once complete, this will be a safe and supportive environment, offering residents counseling, community resources, and access to financial and health care benefits. Inez will continue fighting in the state legislature for funding for similar programs.

Empowerment for Small Business

Small businesses are the heart and vitality of the neighborhood. With that in mind, Inez has fostered economic empowerment and small business support by obtaining funds for community-based organizations to occupy space forever without paying any rent; ensuring affordable, well below market space for the 100 Black Men and free space for Jazzmobile.

No one does it better.

Inez E. Dickens is the voice we need in the New York City Council.


Fighting to secure a fair criminal justice system.


Supporting anti-gang, anti-gun, and other violence interrupter programs.

Assisting residents with obtaining needed masks, gloves & hand sanitizers to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Obtaining funds for community-based organizations to occupy space forever without paying any rent.

Empowering our small businesses to thrive.

Inez rallies for worker safety and pay parity.
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