After a decades-long fight, cannabis is finally legal in New York State! That this specific legislation passed in New York — the “marijuana arrest capital of the world” — is nothing less than an incredible achievement. …


Kristin Jordan and others rally for racial and economic justice.

Workers have always formed the backbone of our economy. Yet, looking at the way workers have been exploited and abused over the past few decades, and this past year especially, you could hardly tell this is the case. That is why today, on International Workers Day, I proudly stand alongside laborers from all across New York City in demanding true, lasting economic justice.

In the past year, the pandemic and the ensuing economic meltdown made it clear: workers of all stripes — from healthcare professionals to grocery store cashiers, from delivery drivers to transit workers — are critical to a…


Kristin out supporting small businesses!

Over the past year, the small businesses of Central Harlem have faced a number of existential threats: from the public health catastrophe of the COVID-19 pandemic, to the subsequent economic fallout and racial unrest against police terror. For Black small business owners, especially, this has been a tumultuous year that demands a radically different approach to the daily status quo. It’s also why I’ve chosen to run for City Council: as someone with deep roots here, I understand that Harlem’s homegrown businesses have always been the lifeblood of the neighborhood, generating wealth, opportunity, and pathways to social mobility. …


Kristin meeting with Harlem seniors

Our seniors are under attack. Capitalism’s focus on human beings as commodities constantly jeopardizes the welfare of our seniors, and the lack of care is unacceptable. Years of mismanagement and neglect has left many of our older community members without the means to survive, let alone thrive, and I am running for City Council to make a change.

By now, many of you are familiar with the evidence of this collective mistreatment: as of mid-March, more than 80% of the more than half a million U.S. …


Number of Green Infrastructure Practices in Harlem– Green points mark constructed and blue points final design

New York City has 40,000 rooftop acres — that’s 1 billion square feet of roofscape — and yet the mere 730 green roofs in NYC account for only 50 of those acres. Green roofs are rooftop installations of vegetation and soil; they help offset many negative environmental consequences of urban life by absorbing excess stormwater runoff, countering heat island effect, and combatting habitat loss for plants and animals. If all of NYC’s rooftops were green, they could lower the city’s temperature by 2 degrees Fahrenheit!! …


New York City’s power grid is in trouble. Mismanagement and profiteering have led to a rise in summer blackouts and other recent outages within the city. Deceptive business practices by energy resellers (ESCOs) have put an additional burden on families across the state. The time has come for New Yorkers to take control of their electric grid by making it a public utility.

ConEdison is currently a publicly traded for-profit company granted the exclusive right to deliver electricity and natural gas to city residents. While ConEd is subject to utility regulation, the profit-making and expansion-focused incentives of private operation make…


Sunrise Endorsement of Kristin Richardson Jordan!

Environmental justice ties together two important struggles: protecting our planet and promoting justice for marginalized groups, who are often oppressed through systematic, intentional, unequal exposure to dangerous environments. The poorer neighborhoods with higher concentrations of people of color in NYC are also the ones with the highest rates of pollution and the lowest access to parks and green space. Case in point, Central Harlem has almost double the city-wide rate of child asthma hospitalizations, which result from higher levels of exposure to environmental triggers like mold, bugs and pests, and air pollution such as diesel exhaust.

Below are 11 concrete…


Meeting with members of the Greater Harlem Coalition and walking the district on February, 23, 2021

In the geographic area of community boards 9, 10, 11, we have 4.2% of New Yorkers and a 7.5% addiction rate, yet we host over 19% of those seeking drug treatment from anywhere in the city at our methadone clinics. Our community is medically redlined– these clinics become massive hubs for drug use and drug dealing while denying those who need treatment the access to care that is effective, responsive, and respectful of the privacy that they deserve. The dispersal of methadone at these sites is faceless and parole-like. It’s a warehouse. It’s inhuman. It’s a reflection of our incarceration…


Kristin at the Harlem Community Fridge

For years, working-class families in Harlem have been besieged by pressing issues that have gone ignored by the establishment political class. One of those issues is ‘food insecurity,’ a term used not only to describe prevalent hunger, but also the unavailability of affordable, healthy foods in a community.

A decade ago, the New York City Department of Health found that the majority of Harlemites live within a “food desert,” lacking well-stocked supermarkets with fresh fruits and vegetables. In the absence of affordable, healthy food options, many working families are left with few choices beyond the convenient fast foods available in…


Housing statistics of District 9– Central Harlem/ Morningside Heights

I firmly believe in housing New York City’s homeless…in homes, not shelters. Housing is a human right and the amount we pour into the shelter system as opposed to directing funds towards a homes guarantee is a dreadful shame. If elected to New York City Council I commit to establishing a pilot program to house the homeless in District 9. I am willing to do this with discretionary funds if necessary.

The National Coalition for the Homeless estimates that the total number of homeless individuals in the United States is above 1 million, a staggering number for the richest country…

Kristin Richardson Jordan (KRJ)

Candidate for NY City Council District 9 (Central Harlem) Kristin for H.A.R.L.E.M. aka KRJ visit www.KristinForHarlem.com

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