Environment and Health
As a lifelong resident of the district, Carlina has seen our local ecosystem change drastically. With cuts to health services looming, a growing senior population, and thousands of families living in Evacuation Zone 1, our health care infrastructure and waterfront must be resilient and we must remain active to protect our environment.
Healthcare – Carlina knows that regardless of what happens in Washington, we have to do all we can locally to protect and expand access to health care. Carlina will continue to provide local healthcare intervention and information workshops, defend funding for Planned Parenthood and other service providers, and strongly oppose plans to close hospitals and reduce hospital beds in our district.
East Side Coastal Resiliency Project – After Sandy, Carlina organized residents to demand solutions for coastal flooding along the East River waterfront. As Councilwoman, she will fully support the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project, work to improve energy efficiency and demand our city fight climate change.
Noise Pollution – Consistent, loud noise has been linked to hearing loss, anxiety and cardiovascular disease. It is frequently at or near the top of 311 complaints, but in many cases cannot be resolved effectively. Carlina will work with her colleagues on legislation that provides DEP greater resources and regulatory power for better noise mitigation.
Gardens Rising – Carlina supports a green infrastructure study and plan to increase the permeability and stormwater capture within 50 community gardens located in Lower Manhattan to reduce flooding and protecting our waterways.
Solarize and Beyond the Grid – As a waterfront district, we know the importance of reducing our carbon footprint. Carlina will support programs to increase solar affordability, while creating a microgrid to provide local sources of power for public schools, community centers, pharmacies, supermarkets, and residences.
Indoor and Outdoor Allergens – Carlina has worked on and supports Intro 385A, the Asthma Free Homes Act, to codify mold and pest abatement and address the constant construction that creates dust and debris.