"I believe the best way for Troy to grow and prosper is by ensuring everyone has access to the services they need to stay and thrive here."
After decades of neglect, it's time to make key investments in our roads and water systems and into our pools and our playgrounds, so that our children have a place to play now, and a livable city to call home in the future.
We've seen a renewed interest in Troy and in the creative economy that's been fostered here. We need to harness that interest to ensure that the prosperity we're beginning to see downtown is shared throughout our city. While on the City Council I've worked with the City's Administration, the Council Majority, and community members to pass the first on-time budget in three years, ensuring there were no reductions to city services in doing so. As City Council President I will continue the work started in my first term to set Troy on the path to financial wellbeing.
My vision of Troy's future puts neighbors first by focusing on the city services that impact our daily lives. We need to ensure our streets and sidewalks are clean, cleared, and accessible. Trojans should be able to work successfully with our city code, public works, and public utilities departments to realize the pride they already have in their neighborhoods through the implementation of new reporting systems.
I'm working with community members and neighborhood groups to ensure that Troy remains an affordable place to live, that we prioritize families when we think about what development should look like, and that large businesses pay their fair share the same way the rest of us do.
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David is a New York native and grew up right outside of the Capital Region, in the town of Cobleskill in the Schoharie Valley. He has called the Capital Region home for over a decade, attending undergraduate school at Siena College where he earned a B.A. in Spanish and a minor in Political Science. David spent four years living abroad as a student and educator in Latin America and Europe. Following that, he successfully received a Master’s degree at the London School of Economics from the Department of Government. His professional experience includes roles as: teacher, labor organizer, community outreach advocate, and legislative staffer in the New York State Legislature for nearly five years.
David believes representation matters in local government and he takes pride in his immigrant roots and West Indian background. His father Malcolm emigrated to the US from Guyana, and his mother's side of the family hails from the Lesser Antilles region of the West Indies including: St. Thomas (US Virgin Islands), St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Barts.
He has lived in the Collar City for the past six years and bought his first home in South Troy where he is planting roots and investing in his neighborhood. His family relationships, professional experience, and education inform the way that he thinks about public policy and the kinds of systems of governance that should be established in order to better address the needs of the people of Troy. David currently represents District 5 on the Troy City Council. He is the Chair of the Public Safety and General Services committees.