Hello family and friends,

Great moments come from great opportunities and I am thankful that you, the people believe in me to be a part of this historic journey. President Obama once issued a challenge to the American people telling us that if we don’t like the status of our communities, we should gather some petitions and run for office. It was on that day I chose to take the step that I know will bring the best our community deserves and restore trust throughout our city. This election is not about me but about you, your family, and how I can best serve your needs.

Below I have listed my vision on what I feel are solutions to some of the biggest problems we currently face. From education to infrastructure, I’ve highlighted the plan I will pursue and the changes I will implement once in office. However, this cannot be done without you. If there is something that you want to see done in our district, I encourage you to reach out to me and together we can realize our vision for a new, New York.

I love you all and let’s step out on faith to make a difference,

Jamell Henderson

After spending all his formative years in public schools and as a 3-time graduate of the City University of New York (CUNY) Jamell knows the value of education. Education is truly the key to success and w will work hard make sure everyone has the keys.

We will

  • Push for fundamental and innovative learning of all subjects, not just learning that teaches to the test
  • Establish the 41st District Education Council to recognize exceptional students and local college graduates, develop pathways for students to better prepare for college, and coordinate scholarship opportunities for students in the district
  • Expand afterschool programs in art education and athletics, as well as child care services during parent-teacher meetings so parents can play a strong role in their child’s school
  • Ensure that our schools are safe, up-to-code, and receive the same quality of resources as the best schools in the city

Small businesses are the backbone of American and in our community the same rings true. It is essential that we do all that we can to support those with an entrepreneurial spirit. It’s just as vital that quality, high-wage jobs are provided in our communities and not just bare minimum wages. Training for residents suffering through a difficult economy or looking to change careers must be considered a basic service and be expanded.

We will:

  • Bring about a small business renaissance within the district by helping residents attract start-up capital, understand the grant writing and regulatory process, and encourage M/WBE businesses within the district
  • Ensure that work being done in New York City is safe, high-quality, and well-paying by supporting workers looking to organize a union and increase membership in existing unions by attracting apprenticeships to the district
  • Encourage the establishment of business improvement districts in key thoroughfares to help small businesses address key issues affecting them and bring more dollars into the local community
  • Coordinate employment and training fairs so that residents can speak directly to recruiters and further train job seekers in obtaining high-quality jobs

Roads, busses, and trains are the veins of any community and ours are no different. Better infrastructure helps facilitate the flow of business and improves the health of residents. It’s imperative that we have properly paved roads, buildings that are up to code, and a transit systems that works for everyone.

We will:

  • Establish better connections between LIRR and subway lines in the outer boroughs to facilitate greater mobility for residents
  • Create a single metrocard for commuter rail, subway, and busses and reduce fares on express busses to encourage increased use
  • Increase funding and streamline the process for road repairs to ensure all roads are properly maintained without delay
  • Extend green lights on major roads within the district during peak hours to while incentivizing off-peak traffic to alleviate rush hour congestion.

As a proud and current resident of NYCHA Kingsborough Houses for over 11 years, Jamell understands firsthand how important affordable housing is for someone who is just trying to make their way. It is important that residents also have the opportunity to become homeowners so that they will feel secure in their living situations and guarantee housing for future generations.

We will

  • Ensure that NYCHA housing is not only supported vigorously in the face of federal cutbacks but also that funds will be allocated to install adequate cameras, upgrade playgrounds, and create community gardens.
  • Create the Moving On Up Initiative to help residents combat rising rents and provide support for residents that aim to become homeowners
  • Work with developers, community groups, and tenants associations to ensure that new developments in the district are affordable, sustainable, and prioritize residents in our district
  • Strengthen tenants rights by ensuring discrimination does not go unpunished and landlords provide the services that a tenant deserves

We will

  • Push for fundamental and innovative learning of all subjects, not just learning that teaches to the test
  • Establish the 41st District Education Council to recognize exceptional students and local college graduates, develop pathways for students to better prepare for college, and coordinate scholarship opportunities for students in the district
  • Expand afterschool programs in art education and athletics, as well as child care services during parent-teacher meetings so parents can play a strong role in their child’s school
  • Ensure that our schools are safe, up-to-code, and receive the same quality of resources as the best schools in the city

Life is truly the best gift that we have and we all want to live joyfully and prosperously. It is vital that our community is invested in living vibrant lives but that can’t be done unless provide multiple positive options for physical, mental, social, and spiritual growth.

We will

  • Work to build the first, free mental health center for the 41st district that will educate and assist the community on various mental health issues
  • Commit to the “Get Fit with Your Councilman”  where residents will have a chance to meet with Jamell while exercising that is exciting and fun
  • Initiate the Fit and Fabulous Project provide district wide fitness and nutritional goals that will set us on the progressive direction of wellness
  • Give a voice to the various organizations– from religious, nutritional, athletic, and social–  to help encourage growth in all aspects of wellness through a community focused approach

We have to not only focus on the future of our great planet, we have to focus on the present state of our mother Earth. It is crucial that as a city we pursue environmentally sustainable practices for the benefit of our current and future residents.

We will:

  • Institute the 4,100 Green Light project where we will plant 4,000 trees and establish 100 community gardens
  • Work with developers and landlords to ensure that proposed and existing developments contain sustainable materials and methods
  • Ensure our residents are educated on the best environmental practices and help them realize savings by choosing sustainable options in their homes and businesses
  • Bring the Solid Waste Project to the 41st district, where the community will learn compost methods and understand the benefits of participation in the project

Everything we aim to do is with the community in mind. A strong community leads to even stronger individuals ready to take on the challenges of the day. Energizing the community, engaging with each individual, and empower the voice of each resident is a driving motivation for Jamell. By focusing on our community’s safety, caring for our seniors, providing positive outlets for our youth, or expanding the civic participation of our residents, we will make our district one of distinction.

We will

  • Support community policing efforts by increasing public awareness of and participation in the NYPD Precinct Community Council
  • Build the community through the development of 41st District Olympics and support the growth of local performing arts organizations in the district  
  • Support our seniors by advocating for increased adequate and affordable senior housing as well as increased health and social services
  • Increase civic participation through increased transparency of my efforts in office, educating residents on governing process, and pushing for youth involvement in the various areas of the democratic process

In times like this, it is important that our communities are well equipped with the knowledge to become effective leaders who will stand alongside their elected officials. Jamell feels that it is vital that residents in our community know the political structure, from the key stakeholders to the policies that affect our daily lives. The most powerful voice in the community is the people who live and work in the community. We will ensure that the 41st district will be a powerful, political district led by the people.

We Will:

  • Provide hand-on training for any resident that desires to enter into political leadership
  • Teach and train residents on the importance of advocacy and the power of their votes in the political structure
  • Encourage residents to be involved and have a strong presence on community boards and precinct council meetings
  • Make sure that residents in the district are educated and active participants in the participatory budgeting process
  • Recognize residents who are doing an exceptional job in representing the district through leadership and advocacy
  • Have monthly town-hall meetings which will be live on social media outlets to discuss community issues and the daily work that I am doing on the District’s behalf

Our communities must be safe for all. In order for it to happen, it is essential that our communities have the proper and healthy relationships with the members who serve and protect the public. It is also important that our communities have the tools they need to ensure that their fellow neighbors are safe and protected.

 

We will:

  • Have monthly walks with the precinct commanders and fire chiefs with residents in the neighborhoods of the District to see what the residents see in order to help the communities become more safe.
  • Encourage more residents to attend Community Council Pct. Meetings to be more vocal in representing their communities in the name of safety
  • Continue to push for police officers to establish relationships with residents of the community
  • Push to have as many residents to be First Aid/CPR/AED Certified
  • Have security cameras in all NYCHA houses within the district
  • Visit FDNY firehouses and NYPD precincts within the district to encourage support by the people in the communities
  • Recognize officers who are making a positive impact on residents in the community
  • Increase the Cash for guns program to be a bi-monthly initiative
  • Create a council for members of the gang community to be at the table in creating peace within the community

In our communities, we must honor and respect our elders; they are the essential component of our city, state and nation. Our seniors in our communities deserved to be cared for, loved and respected by the people. It is important that provide them with ongoing support, care and fun. We cannot view them as just seniors, we have to honor them and treat them as our own grandparents.

We will:

  • Honor the heroes and heroines of the district who have served in the military, as well as provided years of public service while being a proud resident of the District
  • Increased adequate and affordable housing for seniors where they are able to have recreational services to provide positive health and wellness
  • Have a council of seniors to directly express the ongoing needs, concerns and the state of seniors in the District
  • Provide recreational activities as well as provide mental health services to seniors that just need to be connected as well as establish a family support system
  • Provide seniors the opportunity to share their life stories and wisdom before the community in a segment called Words from the Wise

It is important that people in our communities know the beauty of our borough, city, state and nation. It is also important that residents get to participate in the activities that our city provides all year round.

We Will:

  • Provide opportunities for residents in the District to visit tourist attractions within our great borough and city for little to NO COST
  • Provide opportunities for residents to participate in free programs that are presented to the people of the city and to show the residents of the District new ways to engage in our great city.
  • Have residents of the District join me in Albany to visit their state legislatures and discuss issues that affect their community
  • Have residents of the District join me in Washington to visit their congressional leadership to discuss issues that affect their community

As a proud member of Bridge St. AWME Church for 19 years, My spiritual beliefs have helped me to be the man that I am today. I am a proud to say that I have accepted my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in my life. There are so many people in our communities that have multiple places of worship;from churches, to synagogues, mosques and everything in between. It is important that our respected places of worship are an open and safe space for ALL people who is looking for a base of spiritual growth and development in our communities.

We will:

  • Create a faith-based council to promote and encourage community involvement as well as creating a safe space for ALL people
  • Encourage faith-based institutions in providing ongoing resources to residents within the District and beyond
  • Encourage faith-based institutions to host town-hall discussions on issues that matter within the communities

Encourage faith-based institutions to promote unity in the midst of a dividing environment

Having resources and information for the people in our communities is very crucial. Knowledge is power,and our neighborhoods must have accessibility to receive all sources to help each individual to thrive and become exceptional citizens in our District

We Will:

  • Making sure that all resources are transparent and accessible through the office and social media
  • Creation of the 41st District website which will cover all the information that will be filtered out into the community for those who may not have the time to come out to the office
  • The office will be a safe community space for the people to always be welcomed to discuss any issue that is affecting their District
  • At every event, a 41st District Council table will be displayed with a multitude of information and resources that communities will have access to.

Play time is a crucial component in our communities, from youth to our elders. People in our communities must have access and exposure to various forms of sports and arts that will give people options to grow and develop different ways to show recreation

We will:

  • The District will be exposed to providing opportunities to learn and participate different variations of sports and have competitions based on those sports
  • Host the 1st annual 41st District Olympic Games
  • Work with Dance companies to come into the District and offer different forms of dance to residents who are interested
  • Host Sip and Paint events to encourage residents to paint and draw what they feel
  • Host the Paint the District events where residents will help paint murals, playgrounds and everything in between
  • Create an annual dance video with the people from the district
  • Host semi-annual talent shows for all ages

The family is the nucleus of America. Families must be strong together; building morals, values and principles that will help our country move forward. In our communities, every person needs love; it is my job to encourage our communities to be built based on that sole principle.

We Will:

  • Promote and encourage parenting classes for those who are in need of assistance
  • Promote and recruit foster parents and ensure that foster homes in the district are safe and secure
  • Advocate and recognize foster homes who are providing great care for the youth and young adults
  • Create a council of fathers that will help mentor and encourage the upbringing of our sons in the community
  • Create a council of mothers that will help mentor and encourage the upbringing of our daughters in the community

Create an semi-annual family conferences where families will be able to empower one another to provide a vibrant atmosphere of support within the District

We Will:

  • Ensure that the District is and remains a safe District for the LGBTQIA Community
  • Ensure that immigrants in the District are kept safe and have access to all rights and privileges of the City
  • Provide FREE Legal Counseling for those who want to be on the path towards citizenship
  • Have healthy discussions on how the LGBTQIA community is making great contributions to the District and recognize them for their work
  • Provide ongoing services that directly cater to the LGBTQIA Community

It is completely important that the residents in our communities are not only financially educated, but empowered to be on the road towards independency. While there are many residents who are thriving in our communities who understand the power of their dollars, there are others who need to understand the value of their saving and spending power. It is my job to work with financial experts to help our communities no longer struggle economically.

We Will:

  • Work with financial experts in the community to teach and empower the importance of being financially independent
  • Work with city agencies that provide free services that focus on understanding financial principles
  • Work with financial experts and institutions that will help increase the number of residents that will have basic services that each household should have

Increase the number of people who will have savings, investments, wills, life insurance, health insurance and other financial accounts that is needed to be independent.