Issues

Police Accountability and Criminal Justice

Assemblywoman Richardson has a long record of fighting against police brutality and over-policing. In response to the murder of George Floyd and so many others, she sponsored legislation nicknamed the “Amy Cooper law” to make it a crime to call 911 based on the race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious  practice,age, disability or sexual orientation of a person. She is also a co-sponsor on a long list of other bills (A10611, A01360-A, A06144-B, A10609, A08226-B, A08674-A, A10608, A01601-C, A10002-B) to increase police accountability and oversight, and  bring justice to families who have suffered from police brutality. 

She has championed reforms to the criminal justice system including Raise the Age, which raised the age criminal responsibility to 18 years of age to keep teenagers out of the adult courts and jails. She has been a strong proponent of ending cash bail and other criminal justice reforms.

Assemblywoman Richardson will not rest until we have a system that truly does serve and protect our communities, instead of bully, surveil, and abuse.

Housing

Assemblywoman Richardson continues to fight to protect her constituents from displacement, evictions, and unaffordable rents.  The 43rd Assembly district is ground zero of gentrification in New York City.

She led the effort to pass the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act (HSTPA) of 2019, making it harder to evict tenants than ever before and making displacement less profitable. Her work behind the scenes pushed the chamber to limit individual apartment improvements in the legislation, one of the top ways landlords drive up the cost of regulated rent.. As a result of the HSTPA, there has been a 40% decrease in evictions in New York City.

To encourage and grow support of HSTPA, Assemblywoman Richardson hosted tenant leaders and advocates in Albany weekly, leading regular “Tenant Tuesday” rallies and encouraging her colleagues to do the same. 

In addition to the work to protect tenants, Assemblywoman Richardson has fought for more deeply affordable housing for working families, our seniors, healthcare workers, and homeless New Yorkers. 

She hosts regular know your rights sessions with seniors and first time homebuyers, and has worked hard to prevent deed theft in our working class homeowner communities.

Health and Welfare

When it comes to the health of our community, Assemblywoman Richardson was one of the first to push for increased local testing capacity for Covid-19 in March, at the beginning of the crisis. Since then, she has worked in conjunction with community partners to launch food distribution Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday every week. Please see the Events page for times and locations of food distributions, COVID-19 testing, and mask & hand sanitizer distribution. For additional COVID-19 related resources, please download our COVID-19 Resource Guide.

Assemblywoman Richardson has fought to ensure all New Yorkers have healthcare, including to ensure that adequate funding and resources are provided to our three hospitals and several external institutions. She is a staunch supporter of the New York Health Act (NYHA), which would create universal healthcare in New York State. Assemblywoman Richardson is adamantly opposed to cutting Medicaid funding, which would have disastrous effects on our most vulnerable. 

Assemblywoman Richardson is a champion of children in the district, sponsoring numerous bills to protect those in foster care and ensure that cases of suspected child abuse are reported

Education

Assemblywoman Richardson is passionate about emphasizing education equity regardless of class, race or economic standing. She understands that there is deep education inequality for low income and minority students, and has made it her mission to address educational disparities affecting the community. She has sponsored numerous bills to bring financial, cultural literacy, and sex education into our schools. In 2020, she passed a bill to require Culturally Responsive Education in all schools. 

She has been a steadfast fighter to increase funding for public education. Public schools in the 43rd Assembly District are owed $6,526,356 in legally-mandated Foundation Aid from New York State, and Assemblywoman Richardson has fought for the funds that our schools legally deserve in every budget since elected. 

Assemblywoman Richardson believes that New York State should reorganize mayoral control of the schools into a hybrid system that ensures stability under different mayoral administrations. Mayoral control is only as good as the mayor, and we saw how under Mayor Bloomberg that power was used to expand the charter school cap instead of improving public education. 

As the daughter of a CUNY graduate and herself a graduate of Medgar Evers and Baruch, she is adamantly opposed to cutting funding for CUNY, which generations of New Yorkers have depended on as a door to economic and social advancement.

Vital Brooklyn

Richardson recognizes the many benefits that the Vital Brooklyn Initiative can bring to Central Brooklyn, through the implementation of affordable housing, spurring economic growth, addressing health issues, instituting community-based violence prevention, increasing the availability of healthy food, increasing resiliency, and ensuring comprehensive education and youth development.