Legal aid attorney and public health expert Stu Sherman is running for a term-limited seat in District 33, which includes Greenpoint, Williamsburg, DUMBO, Downtown Brooklyn and other waterfront neighborhoods.
Sherman works as a senior staff attorney for the New York Legal Assistance Group, where he runs free legal clinics at Woodhull Hospital and other health care centers. His work has included developing a free legal program for families of people with dementia and Alzheimer’s.
His background is in public health. While in law school, he helped pass a universal health care plan in Massachusetts. He would later help complete a report on pandemic preparedness for a task force in New York.
Sherman said he was galvanized to run for public office after years of direct service work, as well as experience in government and health care policy.
“Just seeing all the failings and shortcomings that exist in government,” he said, “leading to people becoming sicker and more insecure, unstable lives and knowing the policies behind them.”
Sherman, who was diagnosed with diabetes when he was just six years old, said he has experienced the broken health care system firsthand.
“I saw how the other broken systems contribute to bad health,” he said.
His policy platform ranges from developing more affordable housing units and placing a moratorium on market-rate units, to improving all forms of public transportation and addressing climate change.
But with the novel coronavirus outbreak, Sherman said city government needs to respond and repair communities affected by the pandemic.
“My hope is we spring back after this,” he said.