“It’s great to talk about big picture issues,” she said. “What I hear about when I campaign, however, are these types of local issues.”
Some of the ideas include an investment in solar and wind energy, traffic calming measures, an increase in street level recycling bins and increased bus services and accessibility to subways.
One way that Serpe suggests tackling the issues is by giving the power to the constituents. In her 22 ideas she calls for participatory budgeting, which would allocate funding to projects that residents vote on.
Another idea is bringing the “Greenest Block” competition to the district. Under this proposal business and residents will work together to maintain the green elements of their blocks in an attempt to beautify the neighborhood.
“I think what people want are clean and green streets,” she said. “If you have a tree pit filled with weeds, people will throw their trash there.”
Serpe will highlight one issue over the course of 22 days on her campaign website.
“In time of government shutdown over stupid partisan bickering, I think people really are open to the idea of a third party in a way that they haven’t been in the past,” Serpe said. “One of the advantages of not being part of the political machine is that I’m not worried about currying favor with party bosses.”