L Rickie Tulloch

Q: Summarize relevant background and qualifications

A: L. Rickie Tulloch arrived in Flatbush in 1976, immigrating with his family from Jamaica as a teenager. A proud product of our public schools, Rickie graduated from Erasmus High School and earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Brooklyn College. Over the last 40 years Rickie has dedicated himself to his community through his activism, advocacy, and public service. Tulloch is Senior Director at NYC Health and Hospital (Office of Facilities Development), is the Chairman of the Visionary Political Action Committee (VPAC), and was the Treasurer and Chair of the Land Use Committee of Community Board 17. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of Flatbush Action Community Day Care Center; Board Member of the Erasmus Neighborhood Association; and President of the Ginger Ridge High School Past Students Association.

Rickie is running for City Council to focus on issues facing our community and to improve our quality of life. Affordability is a major component of his platform – he is committed to tackling the affordable housing crisis by increasing funding for homelessness prevention and rehousing programs, and advocating for downzoning to prevent gentrification. He also wants to improve public schools by increasing the number of gifted education programs in our elementary schools so that high achieving students can have opportunities at an early age. He will also fight to institute financial literacy classes in our middle schools. Additionally, he wants to curb 4-days a week alternate side parking that inconveniences residents and leads to increased tickets and fines, hurting our quality of life.

Rickie has four adult children and has been a committed community activist and advocate for over four decades.

Q: What engagement, if any, have you had with the LGBTQ community?

A: As a person of color, and the proud parent of an LGBTQ child, I have always known that bigotry of any form diminishes all of us and must be stopped.  I am a supporter and member of Lambda Independent Democrats, to increase the voices of LGBTQ people in our political system, and I was an early supporter of marriage equality when many still considered it a politically risky position, because I believe that fundamental rights should never be based on political risks – what’s right is right and we must stand for what we believe at all times.

Q: As a Councilmember, how will you increase funding that benefits the LGBTQ Community?

A: A major component of my platform is housing – not only do we need to increase access to and protect affordable housing, but we need to prevent homelessness and create a path to housing for those in the shelter system. LGBTQ youth are far too often left homeless and we as a city have failed them. I will fight to focus resources on housing for homeless LGBTQ youth across the city. I will also focus on funding programs in our schools for LGBTQ education – anti-bullying initiatives and LGBTQ history. I will also work to fund organizations like the Brooklyn Community Pride Center and many other worthy organizations that are doing tremendous work serving the LGBTQ community.

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