Democratic Candidate for City Council
9th District - Upper West Side, Morningside Heights, Central Harlem
Long before "responsible development" became the mantra for every candidate in this election, Cynthia Doty was working to preserve the neighborhoods in her district.
And when she talks about "community planning that protects the rights of all our residents," she knows that includes the cats and dogs who are part of the family in many Upper West Side and Harlem homes.
In her nine years as Legislative Associate and Special Assistant to former Assembly Member Ed Sullivan, she worked with several families who were being evicted because of their pets. She managed to keep all of them in their homes.
In a few cases, a person had taken in too many animals, and Cynthia responded by helping to find homes for some of the pets, while convincing the landlord to hold off eviction proceedings because the tenant was making a good faith effort to find homes for his pets.
She also has personal experience of the kind of pain families suffer when forced to choose between their pets or their homes. As a teenager, she had to give up her dog Bruno when her family moved into an apartment. "I was furious," she says, "I didn't want to move."
Cynthia supports two issues that Animal Friendly NYC knows are essential to securing the homes of New Yorkers with pets and ending the crisis of homeless dogs and cats in the city:
"My whole campaign is about defending our neighborhoods, keeping them intact and keeping them affordable, and the Pets in Housing bill is also really about keeping people in their homes. That benefits people, their pets and the community."
- Cynthia Doty
Cynthia is the only candidate in the city who is making what she calls "unbridled over-development and re-zoning," a central theme of her campaign. Developers with deep pockets are already eyeing "soft spots" - vulnerable low-scale buildings - for construction of massive towers of luxury condos in the vibrantly diverse, middle class Upper West Side. And Columbia University is moving to use eminent domain to take businesses and homes in Harlem for a new satellite campus.
She knows that whenever there's a massive displacement of tenants, the dogs and cats in those families are also at risk.
She has a detailed plan for balanced development, and she knows what she's talking about. She has already reined in developers who see only profits where she sees community: