The Bushwick native plans to focus on maintaining affordable housing, bringing additional funding for local schools, and ending the abuse of stop and frisk.
“Any housing being built forward needs to be contingent on affordable housing and maintaining the lives of the people, such as myself, so they can afford to pay the rent,” Gonzalez said.
As for the heated debate of stop and frisk, Gonzalez, 32, believes it is a practice that can be done, if done right.
“I think that is something that needs to be visited and nothing left off the table,” he said.
Gonzalez is running against district leader Maritza Davila and attorney Jay Otaño, both of whom have already been campaigning for several months.
Dilan, an ex-Vito supporter, said he is supporting Gonzalez in his race for the Assembly after looking for someone for several years to speak for the community.
“I was looking for someone like him who has lived here his entire life and comes from an immigrant family,” Dilan explained. “I think that he can be somebody who identifies with the people that have lived here for many years.”
Dilan said he first met Charvey in the community through “other friends and supporters and he started working with us through various aspects.”
Gonzalez is currently Dilan’s legislative director.
“He is familiar with what is going on in Albany,” Dilan added. “He helped me sponsor the DREAM Act, the budget, the Safe Act and he also helped put together the gun buyback program.”