Paul Rodriguez

Key Facts

Party Conservative
Status Challenager

Background

Rodriguez graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and became a fellow in economics at Stanford University. Rodriguez began his career as an equity research analyst and has since worked as a financial advisor, banker, manager, and vice president of multiple companies.

Key Issues

Budget

Rodriguez opposes funding initiatives such as ThriveNYC, as he views them as wasteful and unproductive, and instead supports performance-based budgeting.

Environmental Reform/Climate Change

Rodriguez supports switching to biodegradable alternatives to plastic, as well as reviving curbside composting to reduce the cost of solid waste disposal.

Public Safety

Rodriguez supports bringing back the NYPD’s Street Crime Unit, repealing the Diaphragm Law, and restoring qualified immunity for ordinary policing. Rodriguez beleives that tougher policing will stimulate NYC’s economy by bringing back tourists.

Housing/Homelessness

Rodriguez believes that no homeowner should ever be required to take a loan to pay their property taxes and will work to protect homeowners from excessive taxation. Rodriguez will also make the New York City Housing Authority enforce means testing on public housing untis and even average the income over the three years to make sure that those who are living in public housing truly need it and families living in shelters can move into affordable housing. Rodriguez will additionally allow excess income of up to 15% of the prescribed income limit for public housing tenants.

Other

Rodriguez will commission a study to identify and address zip codes with food deserts in addition to advocating for a 15% Real Property Tax credit for the retail space landlords lease to grocery stores.

Endorsements

Conservative Party of New York

Sources

Rodriguez4NY

Leticia Remauro

Key Facts

Party Conservative
Status Challenager

Background

Remauro has served Staten Island for more than 30 years and is trained in business affairs, emergency management, and cultural diversity. Remauro served as Community Liaison for former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and as a community liaison and Vice President of the Battery Park City Authority under former Governor George Pataki. Remauro is currently the President and CEO of The Von Agency, Public Relations, Inc., and is Secretary of the Bayview Community Council, the Staten Island Downtown Alliance, and the Newark Liberty International Airport Community Round-table. Remauro was previously the Chair of Staten Island Community Board 1, was a member of many community organizations and has received multiple awards for her service. Recently, Remauro has received criticism for comparing coronavirus restriction policies to those of Adolf Hitler.

Key Issues

Public Safety

Remauro wants to ensure that the budget for the police department is kept robust and wants to expand the list of crimes that are eligible for cash bail to reduce recidivism. Remauro supports having a well funded, well trained, and well equipped police department and believes the police and police unions are important voices in policymaking.

Housing/Homelessness

Remauro supports a comprehensive, island-wide zoning analysis with the goal of preserving neighborhoods and providing the foundation for property values to increase. Remauro wants to reduce tragic congestion, stabilize property values, and help stem the rise of property taxes.

Environmental Reform/Climate Change

Remauro will mandate environmentally friendly building components for any development needing a variance or Board of Standards and Appeals approval.

Education

Remauro wants to create more vocational high schools that will teach practical and trade skills that can be used for government and private sector jobs, which can be enhanced by partnering with private and municipal unions that can provide apprenticeships. Remauro also wants schools to focus more on basic skills and wants to ensure that special needs students receive proper skill services. Remauro also wants to provide more support to specialized, charter, and parochial schools and yeshivas.

Infrastructure

Remauro supports the use of Smart Light technology in Staten Island, which would use computerized systems to sense traffic in real time and change the timing of traffic lights to keep traffic flowing along major thoroughfares. Renauro also supports a pedestrian walkway and bike-way over the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, a dedicated bus lane along Bay Steet and Richmond Terrace going over the Goethals Bridge in each direction, and NYC Ferry service from the East and South Shore.

Endorsements

New York 10-13 Association Brooklyn & Staten Island, Inc., National Association of Bail Agents, former Commissioner of the New York Police Department Bernard Kerik, radio hosts Sid Rosenberg & Bernard McGuirk, Conservative Party of Staten Island, New York League of Conservation Voters, and businessman John Catsimatidis.

Sources

RemauroforSibp