Dianne Morales
Mayoral candidate Dianne Morales endorses Jimmy Van Bramer in Jackson Heights in his run for Queens borough president, May 13, 2021.
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Morales, a staunchly progressive Brooklynite, has called for cutting the NYPD budget in half, creating a system of community-owned affordable housing and sustaining worker cooperatives and small businesses. She campaigns in aspirational terms on behalf of New Yorkers locked out of wealth and power, telling The New York Times editorial board: “We don’t need reform. We don’t need renewal. What we need is to actually transform our city and finally create a city and build a city together that works for all of us.”

She has struggled to have her own campaign reflect her pro-worker values, facing a staff revolt and top resignations along with accusations she had not responded forcefully to complaints about conduct and compensation.

Morales, 53, most recently ran the nonprofit anti-poverty group Phipps Neighborhoods and previously held high-level roles for the city Department of Education and the education reform group New Visions for Public Schools. In 2019, she was in line to run the city Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. But she did not ultimately assume the position, after the resurfacing of an internal city probe that concluded she once arranged to bribe a city water inspector — and then lied about it to investigators. She has called herself a victim in that incident.

Website: dianne.nyc


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