A disability civil rights lawyer, educator, community activist and NY State Assemblymember – Jo Anne has dedicated her life to fighting for equal rights for all of us. She will be Brooklyn’s first-ever woman Borough President.
- SMARTER CITY PLANNING
Jo Anne knows Brooklyn needs housing within reach of everyone – development that reflects, uplifts and strengthens ALL of our diverse neighborhoods.
- TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS
Committed to public transit, alternative transportation, and smart, safe solutions for congestion, Jo Anne has been offering forward thinking solutions to Brooklyn’s vexing transportation issues for decades.
- AFFORDABLE PUBLIC POWER
Jo Anne has sponsored groundbreaking legislation that would transition our energy to publicly-owned, democratically-accountable renewable sources.
- CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
Jo Anne enacted major criminal justice reforms to dismantle the deep flaws that perpetuate racial and economic bias in our judicial system. She has fought to break the school-to-prison pipeline, to end solitary confinement, and was one of the few legislators to stand strong against the bail rollback.
- CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM
Jo Anne has been protecting democracy and the sanctity of the democratic process for her entire career – she is a founding member of the Progressive Caucus of the NY State Democratic Committee and authored and passed NY State’s most comprehensive campaign finance reform bill.
- EDUCATIONAL ADVOCACY
As a lifelong educator and advocate for children, Jo Anne will fight to improve schools for ALL of our children in Brooklyn, and to bring down barriers for young learners across our borough.
- DISABILITY RIGHTS
As a nationally recognized disability rights lawyer, Jo Anne’s advocacy has changed lives and laws across the country. She has worked tirelessly for students with disabilities and is a nationally respected expert on curriculum and intervention.
- GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION
Jo Anne’s nationally recognized work on red-flag laws is helping to prevent firearm tragedies.
- ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
Jo Anne has long championed the superfund cleanup in Brooklyn, has authored studies on traffic and air pollution, and will fight polluters every day – our lives depend on it!
- WOMEN’S RIGHTS
Jo Anne has authored and passed legislation to modernize and add gender inclusive language across our civic institutions. Jo Anne helped pass legislation which protects the right to choose in New York regardless of federal law.
- INCLUSIVE BROOKLYN
Jo Anne has been an advocate for LGBTQ+ rights her entire life. She was an early supporter of marriage equality, GENDA, and will always work towards a more inclusive Brooklyn, regardless of race, class, gender or sexual orientation.