A resident of Forest Hills for over 30 years, Schulman is running for the 29th District seat, being vacated by outgoing council member Melinda Katz.
She said her experience serving in the public, private, and non-profit sectors have prepared her elected office.
“I want to take what I’ve done in the community on a volunteer basis to another level,” Schulman said in an interview at a Forest Hills diner. “I want to make a difference.”
The Democrat comes from a working class family and is a product of the city’s public school system. A former chief of staff to two council members, Schulman now serves as Senior Associate Executive Director for Business Affairs at Woodhull Medical Center.
She said her experiences growing up in Queens, and varied professional career, have helped form her platform, one based on “giving a voice to people in the district who don’t have a voice.”
Schulman said her candidacy represents a break from the political dynamic in the 29th District, which she describes as an old politics kind of network.
A fresh face in city politics, Schulman is positioning herself as a middle-ground Democrat, a progressive who still has the experience and the background necessary to win, and then govern effectively.
Priorities for Schulman include education, healthcare, and affordable housing. She said her office would staff a 24/7 hotline so constituents can call in at any time with concerns or issues.
But first and foremost, Schulman said, is the task of job creation in Queens at a time of national economic crisis.
“New York is actually suffering much more than anywhere else in the country because the majority of tax revenue we take in is from Wall Street,” she said. She said if elected she plans to battle the recession locally, with small business and job creation programs in the “green” industry, and elsewhere.
“At the end of the day,” Schulman said. “I’m really trying to earn people’s vote. I’m not taking it for granted.”