People over Politics, Community over Party
Politics as usual have left many New Yorkers hurting while corporations and the political elite prosper. We need new leadership with an understanding of what regular Americans face. I know the challenges we face because I am here beside you working hard to raise my children and provide for my family. I will fight for a stronger economy, education, jobs, and justice because I want each of us to have the opportunities that will build a strong community. We can all thrive and our futures can be bright but we need fresh eyes and new ideas not politics as usual.
I will work to build a community where people come first in an economy that is equitable and fair.
I believe that people deserve living wages, and I believe women should be paid as much as men. All workers have the right to organize and negotiate collectively, in order to best provide for themselves, their families, and, ultimately, our community.
The foundation of economic equality is education. We learn about our past, we’re informed about the present, and we create a future through education. I believe that public education should not be privatized.
All children deserve high-quality educations with environmental supports that will nurture their development. As such, students should not be burdened by punitive behavioral constraints or excessive standardized testing. I will work to build partnerships between local K-12 schools and higher education, where we’ll develop programs to help our students prepare for available jobs when they graduate. We must ensure that all children are given the resources and educational opportunities to succeed in life. I support free college opportunities for all, the relief of student loan debt, and the elimination of the student loan system.
I will work to establish educational and business partnerships, to develop a workforce prepared for today's jobs.
Education is not an appendage of an economy; it is the backbone of an economy. We need better partnerships with local community colleges. High school students must learn necessary skills to smoothly transition to secondary education, where they’ll receive training in their pursuits of gainful employment. We need a representative who will build partnerships with viable industries in our area. Rochester faced a recent setback when two photonics companies that pledged to locate here decided to relocate to Syracuse. It’s time to realistically assess the competitive advantages Rochester possesses and identify which companies would best be served by our workforce.
Improving our local economy is a top priority of local leaders, but they lack a dedicated and energized partner to fight for us in Albany. I pledge to work closely with our community, educators, and business leaders to create strong partnerships that will produce high-quality education, a thriving business-friendly environment, and a comprehensive economic ecosystem for Rochester.
I support policies that place community needs at the forefront of urban development.
Accessible transportation, green spaces, and convenient access to food, jobs, and healthcare will help our community thrive. I will fight for affordable and fully accessible housing and support policies for temporary, safe housing for anyone in need. I oppose development that profits a few at the expense of many.
Our local environment must be protected.
Climate change is real, and we are responsible for repairing past damage done, while fighting to improve our local environment and community. I support policies that ensure a sustainable, healthy environment where all people have access to safe food, safe drinking water, and clean air.
Healthcare is a human right. We don’t decide if or when we’ll get sick, and we each need and deserve high-quality, affordable healthcare. No parent or individual should go bankrupt to keep their family or themselves healthy.
As your representative, I will fight for single-payer healthcare to ensure our community is healthy and strong. I will also fight to stop big pharma from gouging Americans with high-cost prescriptions and medications. Our health is not for sale, and it’s time we have representation that will fight to place health above profit.
Our political system needs major reform. I will fight to reform campaign finance laws and work to cap campaign spending, which will allow elected officials to serve constituents rather than primarily seeking donors.
Wealth should not be allowed to influence democracy or the democratic process. Our electoral system has created a dependency on campaign contributions that only serve corporations and the wealthy. It’s time to reclaim our democracy and give the power back to the people. I oppose gerrymandering and voter suppression, and I will fight for all people to have an equal ability to participate in our democracy at all levels of government
The criminalization of poverty must be put to an end.
I will work to reform the criminal justice system by fighting for policies that ensure our police are accountable for their actions and are held to the same legal standards as all citizens. I oppose the militarization of our police.
I believe that LGBTQ individuals and families should be embraced by our community and have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.
I will work to create a community that accepts and includes all people in whichever ways they self-identify. I support the diversity of gender expression, and I will embrace policies and initiatives that support and maintain personal dignity for all people.
All means all, without exception or qualification.
All people should be able to participate and have a voice in their communities. All people should receive the same rights, protections, and services. I will fight to oppose any form of systemic racism; oppression; injustice; and violence directed at people of color or other minority groups. I will fight for policies that respect the rights of all people to live with dignity and acceptance.