The Upper West Side can only thrive when residents can live out their lives safely and comfortably, with access everything our neighborhood has to offer.


People on fixed incomes are especially vulnerable to escalating prices. Mel is the only candidate in the race who refuses money from real estate interests that drive up costs on the Upper West Side.  And for decades, Mel has brought together all members of our community to ensure continued access and service for seniors.


What Mel Will Do About It

  1. Stand up to real estate greed that continues to drive up our cost of living.

  2. Expand and increase awareness of the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) and Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) programs.

  3. Ensure that streets, parks, playgrounds, new developments, and community facilities are accessible.

  4. Phase in a 100% wheelchair-accessible taxi fleet and Accessible Dispatch System.


What Mel Has Already Done

  1. Founded a community-based organization to provide healthcare and food security to vulnerable seniors.

  2. Organized disabled residents and advocates on the UWS to work with local businesses and facilities to voluntarily expand their accessibility.

  3. Led efforts to expand facilities, services and programs for seniors at the West Side Y and the Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center.

  4. Advocated for programs, urban designs, and funding to support “Aging in Place.”


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