Helen saved the city over $600 million by rooting out a fraudulent Department of Education contract - this work was featured in The Daily News (March 20, 2015).
We deserve for our tax dollars to be spent effectively and in support of our communities. Helen is committed to rooting out corruption, allocating money fairly, and standing up for the values of her constituents. She believes we should invest in women and minorities and support local businesses. Her legislative efforts reflect this: using her finance background to root out bloated city contracts and allocate funds appropriately. And, there’s always more we can do. Helen is already building on her successes from her first term. She plans to continue negotiating contracts that benefit the most New Yorkers possible at the fairest cost. This includes paying our human service workers living wages to take care of our most vulnerable populations. Read more below!
Helen is taking the lead, here are some highlights (details below):
- Helen compelled City Hall to rebid a bloated Department of Education contract from one bidder to almost a dozen - most of whom were women and minorities.
- Helen works as Chair of the Contracts Committee and member of the Finance Committee to monitor city spending and appropriately allocate city funds.
Helen’s goals for the next four years:
- Continue to monitor city contracts and spending to ensure that our tax dollars are spent effectively and in support of our communities.
Helen Saves Residents Money
As Chair of the Contracts Committee, Helen has a unique vantage point from which to shine a light on Department of Education (DOE) contracts. When the DOE signed off on a five year $1.1 billion computer contract in February 2015, Helen was alarmed. Working with Class Size Matters and Public Advocate Tish James, Helen convinced City Hall to pull the contract, rebid the work, and give the public at least one month to review DOE contract proposals. In December 2015, the DOE announced that they had rebid the work for a total of $472 million -saving the City $627 million. They have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to post these contracts a full month in advance of the public vote.
Helen continuously keeps a close eye on all city spending. She is a member of the City Council's 12-member Budget Negotiating Team and she sits on the Finance Committee.