One would be to create a subway system that’s cleaner and more enjoyable to ride. Also, I would continue to support and expand the funding for the arts.
Gemma Freitas, Third-Year Dancer
I would attempt to improve the quality of education in N.Y. public schools and also address the extremely high dropout rate. In addition, I would try to find a way to make the city smell less like bagels and pee.
Keiran Campbell, Third-Year Cellist
Less wastefulness! Why is it that when you buy food in N.Y.C., it comes wrapped in wax paper inside of a Styrofoam box inside of a plastic bag inside of a paper bag? That’s ridiculous. Also, free hockey tickets for Canadian students.
Luke Sellick, Second-Year Master’s Jazz Bassist
If I were mayor of N.Y.C., I would make the local government a Utopian model of communication, collaboration, efficiency, justice, and free Wi-Fi.
Mitchell Kuhn, First-Year Oboist
I’d probably attack the whole budget/high cost of living thing since it seems to be a pervasive problem among the general population of N.Y.C. As an artist, I would be remiss if I didn’t address the significant diminishing of arts education in our schools.
Laura LeVoir, Fourth-Year Vocalist
I’d make it my priority to triple the number of trees. Buildings are beautiful and bountiful, but nature needs to be the sight to see.
Justin Barnes, Third-Year Actor
I’d work with the M.T.A. to expand service and make the subway stations less disgusting. I’d also create a joint law-enforcement/citizens commission with a mandate to develop and implement policies that would enable local police to keep the peace while eliminating invasive and less-than-ethical practices like stop-and-frisk.
Jeremy Rhizor, Second-Year Master’s Baroque Violinist