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Public Employee Press: PEP Talk

Union endorsements for June 22 Primary election

Queens Borough President: Donovan Richards

Queens was the hardest hit borough during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the coro-navirus exposed deep disparities in the city’s healthcare system. Donovan Richards will fight to expand access to healthcare, particularly for communities of color and immigrants, whose neighborhoods endured months of suffering during the pandemic. He will advocate for more funding for public healthcare, community health centers, and new hospital construction.

Climate change is real. Richards is determined to make Queens the most sustainable county in the United States. To improve the quality of life in Queens, Richards is committed to investing in programs to improve air quality, public health and create renewable energy sites that would add thousands of new green jobs. These programs would help Queens recover from the economic fallout from the pandemic.

Richards understands that New York City is becoming unaffordable for many. The economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need for bold measures to preserve and expand affordable housing in Queens. He supports funding emergency relief for tenants and property owners, citing that many multi-family resi-dences are owner-occupied. Richards also will fight for sustainable new housing de-velopments and sustainable upgrades and improvements to NYC Housing Authority apartment complexes.