Hi, I'm Layla Law-Gisiko
WHY AM I RUNNING
After 16 years serving on Manhattan Community Board Five, I want to bring our voice to Albany, to serve the needs of our district. Issues such as affordable housing, homelessness, education, or healthcare are the reason why I am running.
I will fight for equality and social justice for all. Midtown Manhattan is the economic engine of the region. It is imperative to fix the highly dysfunctional Penn Station. Housing is a basic right and the affordability crisis must be tackled with new tools that work. Healthcare is a human right that should be given to every New Yorker.
A FIGHTING HEART FOR THE COMMUNITY
I joined Manhattan Community Board in 2005. Over the course of my 16 years on the board, I've served on almost every committee. Alongside my great colleagues, we have advocated for housing, education, and healthcare issues. Over half a decade, we negotiated the East Midtown rezoning, a comprehensive zoning change that facilitates transit and public realm upgrades, as well as historic preservation.
As the chair of the Land Use, Housing, and Zoning Committee, I have been leading the charge against the ill-conceived State plan to raze 9 blocks around Penn Station, and I continue to tirelessly advocate for a true solution to turn Penn Station into a world-class transit hub.
A THRIVING CAREER
I was born in Paris, France, to a French father and a Tunisian mother. I graduated from La Sorbonne University in Paris, with a master's in French literature and in journalism. At 25, I emigrated to New York to find new opportunities. I traveled extensively through the US and produced and directed documentaries on various issues, including police brutality and labor abuse. I've met and interviewed countless people from all backgrounds, ways of life, hearing about their struggles, their hopes and their fights.