Meet Phara

I am a 32-year-old union nurse and tenant activist. I’m the daughter of Haitian immigrants, a CUNY and SUNY graduate, and a life-long Crown Heights resident. I’m running for reelection to the New York State Assembly to bring the voices of poor and working people to Albany.

Through my experiences as a tenant leader and a nurse, I have learned that we need to build a mass movement for social, economic, racial, and environmental justice. In office, my allies and I have passed historic budget legislation that raised $4.3 billion in new revenue, the first non-austerity budget the state has seen since the 1970s. I am especially proud of our creation of new tax brackets to increase taxes paid by the ultra-rich and our increased corporate tax rates. The new funds raised will support public schools, help tenants with rent and protect them from evictions, provide relief for small businesses, restore funding that Cuomo had cut from Medicaid, and expand universal full-day prekindergarten for our children. And I am thrilled about the recent passage of Less Is More, my law that ends technical violations that would send formerly incarcerated New Yorkers on parole back behind bars, thus removing some of the deepest problems of one of the most regressive and punitive parole systems in the US.

Click here to read my full policy platform.


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