There is a choice for Mayor and his name is Mike Tolkin – a Democrat running as an independent on the “Smart Cities” ballot line. Today announced that his campaign will hold a “Pet Parade,” a march for animal welfare, at Chelsea Piers on Sunday October 1st from 1-3pm ET. The march will protest kill shelters and puppy mills. Tolkin is proposing a ban on both.
“Our pets are our family,” said Tolkin. “As a city, we must stand up and put an end to unnecessary euthanasia.”
As part of his proposed NYC Life initiative, an end-to-end rehabilitation program for our homeless, Tolkin plans to pair rescue pets with those going through the program. Tolkin has also called for the development of an animal sanctuary, NYC Pet Park.
The 32-year-old is a technology entrepreneur and the youngest candidate on the party’s ballot to challenge incumbent Bill de Blasio.
I’m a big believer that if you put forth really great, big ideas, you can inspire people, and that’s the best way to mobilize our city,” Tolkin told JTA
The candidate, who is Jewish and grew up attending a Conservative synagogue on Long Island, is running on a wide-ranging platform that centers on economic improvement. But it also includes proposals to create a human rights center, legalize marijuana and free mental health care.
There are four parts to his economic agenda: restructuring government to make it more efficient and transparent; investing in infrastructure, such as street cleaning services and public transportation; grow and diversify the economy by investing in new industries, such as artificial intelligence, biotech and robotics; and improve income distribution.
Tolkin founded his first startup while studying at the University of Pennsylvania’s prominent Wharton School, where in 2007 he led a team that created a make-your-own chocolate bar company that won an award for the best undergraduate business plan. After graduation, he founded Merchant Exchange, an incentive-based marketing platform for millennials, and in 2013 he founded two IMAX initiatives, including IMAXShift, a high-tech indoor cycling studio in which scenes are projected onto an extra-large screen. In 2015, he founded his latest venture, Rooms.com, a home design website that offers virtual tours of designer rooms.
“What can I do as an individual to be more civically engaged, to take action in light of the fact that there are so many massive challenges? I can’t sit on the sidelines anymore.”
T2C thinks this technology entrepreneur might just be New York’s saving grace.