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Governor Andrew Cuomo and Westchester County Executive George Latimer have issued statements condemning the inhuman action of separating children from their parents at our border. Robert Kesten and Peter Harckham, both candidates for the democratic nomination for NY State Senate District 40, have issued statements concerning Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement and the threat that poses to reproductive rights.
People are angry. People are in pain. People are scared. Where is Terrence Murphy?
At this point, I fear Mr. Murphy is not simply unwilling, but genuinely incapable of taking a stand on truly complex, challenging issues. Mr. Murphy seems content to allow the diseased agenda coming from the White House to infect us locally in SD40.
He has yet to condemn white supremacy and racism (his office citing the events in Charlottesville as a “federal issue"); he has yet to state a clear position with regards to the Safe Act/gun safety; he opposes the right to choose, yet will not support legislation that would allow for adequate access to contraception. There has been no statement concerning the children that have been stolen from their parents, many of whom are being held here at home in Westchester County.
Mr. Murphy’s silence is deafening. I encourage us all to make our voices heard loud and clear on Election Day, November 6.
I'm voting for Gareth Rhodes in next Tuesday's NY 19 Congressional primary. I agree with what the New York Times Editorial Board said in their endorsement of Gareth Rhodes for the NY 19 race: "Mr. Rhodes stands out as the best candidate to take on — and beat — Mr. Faso in November. He offers the combination of intelligence, enthusiasm and empathy that is desperately needed in Washington today."
I was able to meet Gareth face to face for a more personal chance than the crowded candidate debates offered, to see how he thought and expressed himself. He was the only candidate to visit our small rural town for a meet and greet. He explained that he felt no town should be ignored, and was the only candidate to visit every town in the district. As the candidate explained, "All politics is local."
This is a crucial election this fall, and we need to turn the NY 19 district blue. I think Gareth Rhodes is our best chance to beat John Faso. We need his intelligent, articulate, and committed voice in the House of Representatives. Please vote thoughtfully and responsibly on June 26th.
Seven worthy contenders stepped up to challenge John Faso, one of the 5 original sponsors of the national concealed carry weapons bill, the man who voted to end affordable, accessible health care, for the NY 19 Congressional seat. Each has a unique strength to offer, so where do you cast your Primary Day Vote on Tuesday, June 26th?
Quality of platform and experience in getting legislation passed are my reasons for choosing Brian Flynn.
Brian Flynn worked for over 20 years with others— who had also lost relatives murdered in the second largest terrorist attack on American civilians, the Lockerbie bombing— to get the Iran/Syrian Sanctions bill passed along with legislation tightening air travel security. Brian was thanked from the Congressional floor. He has worked with both parties bringing just legislation into existence.
Further, of the three candidates now identified as the front runners, Brian Flynn is the only one who fights for enhanced Medicare for All. Mr. Delgado and Mr. Ryan have not supported this. Brian Flynn concurs with Bernie Sanders’ bill 1804 which calculates that 15 billion dollars could be saved by instituting such universal care.
Pointing out these differences is not an attack on Mr. Flynn’s opponents, but merely a clarification as to why of all these candidates, especially those three now polling in the lead, Brian Flynn is the best person to fight for the right things and to get those things done.
Vote Win-with-Flynn, Brian Flynn, first name on the ballot.
Make driver licenses available to all
I urge all New Yorkers to support and demand passage of legislation that provides equal access to driver’s licenses for all residents of New York State, regardless of immigration status. It’s a matter of public safety.
Public safety would be improved by: establishing a driver’s identity and driving record to police officers, safer routine traffic stops, better cooperation/relationships with police, and better and safer drivers.
The current bills pending in the NYS Assembly and Senate would create a limited use license that would allow people to drive legally. This license could not to be used to: board an airplane, apply for government benefits, vote, or work in the U.S. legally.
New York should join twelve states and the District of Columbia in passing similar legislation to allow undocumented residents the opportunity to be tested, trained, licensed and insured. New Mexico, Washington and Utah - states with the longest implementation of similar laws - have seen a reduction in accidents that involved unlicensed drivers. Utah has seen undocumented immigrants get insurance almost at the same rate as those with regular licenses. California has seen a significant decrease in hit and run accidents.
Driver’s licenses for all New Yorkers makes all New Yorkers safer.
SJ & Immigration Committee
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