ABOUT THE CANDIDATE
Hi, I'm Vanessa.
WHO I AM
Vanessa Simon is a human resources business partner at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She works closely with the senior vice president of the revenue and operations departments, responsible for 700 employees. In her role, she works with department executives on succession planning, hiring, training and development, performance management, and career pathing strategies within all divisions.
Vanessa's work experience provides her with a unique perspective on empowering people with the vital skills to meet today’s job market demands. She dedicates her time to help active job seekers with resume writing, interviewing techniques, networking strategies, and workforce development for upward mobility.
As a daughter of immigrants from Haiti, Vanessa values and understands the true meaning of ‘the pursuit of happiness’ and America's freedoms. Vanessa is committed to achieving affordable, respectable, and safe living conditions for current and future residents in the district.
She is a proud resident of Laurelton, Queens, and committed to being a part of the growth and elevation of the 31st City Council District: Arverne, Brookville, Edgemere, Far Rockaway, Laurelton, Rosedale, and Springfield Gardens.
Vanessa was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and raised on Long Island, New York. She graduated from St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington, NY. She earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science from SUNY Geneseo.
Whether by her profession or through community activism, she advocates for people by creating an equitable and fair environment. She has partnered and volunteered with KABOOM!, a national non-profit, to donate and build a new playground in Jamaica, Queens.
Vanessa has also partnered with the homeless shelter Restful Nights and mental health facility at Faith Mission Crisis Center during the Covid-19 pandemic to provide cooked meals and personal care kits.
Vanessa understands the importance of quality education. She was a captain of Target’s library renovation project in Southeast Queens. Her responsibilities included donating $5,000 in book inventory and gathering 250 volunteers to renew the library into a safe and healthy learning environment in the community for children to learn and dream.
Faith, Family, and Community are the triad of Vanessa’s fortitude and strength. She volunteers as a lector at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
District 31 needs a focused and committed leader that provides solutions-driven strategies to get New York back on track. Vanessa is asking for your support and vote for her as the next City Council member to represent District 31. With your help, we can win and build a better district, improve the quality of life in South Queens and New York City.
Policy and Practical Ethics
My focus is on rebuilding our borough and rethinking ways for our community to grow and prosper. We need bold leadership, open to working with people of all backgrounds and ideologies to reimagine what is possible for all of our neighbors to experience the American Dream.
The everyday stress has taken its toll on working-class families. The rise in mental health issues, obstacles to preventive care, and general needs have consistently failed residents. Vanessa is committed to expanding access to affordable and comprehensive healthcare and ongoing treatment options to keep communities healthy and safe.
Rent is progressively increasing and threatens the livelihood of residents. Vanessa is committed to the rapid expansion of housing for single occupants and families that stays affordable without consuming a monthly budget.
POLICING & PUBLIC SAFETY
There is no more business as usual when it comes to protecting civilians and active policing. Vanessa is a staunch advocate for common sense police reforms and changes to the criminal justice system. Change involves bridging police and community relations and making investments in police training with an enhanced understanding of the community. An essential part of reducing crime is addressing recidivism with second-chance programs with job fairs for non-violent offenders.
Your zip code should not determine education and opportunity. Parents need options to best suit their children's educational needs, and Teachers need to be supported with adequate resources and fair employment contracts. Vanessa is committed to improving traditional public schools while also providing opportunities for growth in charter and religious schools.
QUALITY OF LIFE
Environment: Clean streets and neighborhoods help protect the ecosystem that keeps communities healthy while preserving property values. But, unfortunately, food waste and other trash attract insects and rodents and can carry harmful bacteria for everyone, including children and pets.
Speed Cameras: Vanessa supports speed cameras in school zones because the safety of our children is paramount. Over the years, excessive speed cameras were installed outside of school zones that only serve as a revenue generator for the city. The penalties ultimately raise car insurance costs too. There are alternative ways to handle aggressive drivers than to make it more costly for all residents.