6/21 – Mitrano Receives Endorsement from First Female Town Supervisor of Geneva Mary Luckern

PENN YAN — Today, presumptive NY-23 Democratic Congressional frontrunner Tracy Mitrano received the endorsement from Mary Luckern, the first female Town Supervisor of Geneva.

Town Supervisor Luckern released the following statement:

I spent over four decades working in education and shaping young minds. I believe that Tracy’s background as an educator is essential to making sure we tap into the potential of all our youth. Her emphasis on promoting education, whether it be community college, or trade and vocational training is essential to developing an economy and a workforce that is prepared for 21st Century jobs.

As the first female Town Supervisor of Geneva, I am endorsing Tracy because I believe that she has the policy experience to know how to navigate Washington, and also the compassion to represent the people of this district.”

In response, Tracy Mitrano said the following:

“I am honored by this endorsement from Mary Luckner, the former Geneva Town Supervisor and fellow educator. Ensuring access to quality education and training has been a key priority throughout my campaign. Too many young people today are strapped with life-long student debt simply for seeking the tools and skills needed to gain employment. This is not the way to create a workforce able to compete in today’s global economy. I’m ready to fight to put people first by getting greedy banking interests out of our education system.”


6/20 – Presumptive NY-23 Democratic Congressional Frontrunner Tracy Mitrano Receives Endorsement from Former NY Lieutenant Governor Mary Anne Krupsak, the first female Lt. Governor of New York.

Today, presumptive NY-23 Democratic Congressional frontrunner Tracy Mitrano received an endorsement from former New York Lieutenant Governor Mary Anne Krupsak, the first female Lt. Governor of New York.

Lieutenant Governor Krupsak released the following statement:

“As the former Lieutenant Governor of New York and a resident of Seneca County, I am endorsing Tracy Mitrano for Congress for New York’s 23rd District. Tracy has lived and worked in our area and understands first-hand our concerns. She has a passion for coming up with down-to-earth solutions dealing with issues like education, jobs, the economy, education, and healthcare. Tracy has the strongest moral character and is in this race not for political gain, but to do something constructive and to help the people of our District.

New York state has a strong track record of electing outstanding female leadership. I was the first woman Lieutenant Governor of New York and when I ran for office 40 years ago, people tried to tell me a woman couldn’t win. It has been thrilling to see the shift since then with more women running for Congress now than ever before. Tracy is a quality candidate who is stepping forward to offer her skills, her heart, and her soul to work on issues that matter to us all. We are fortunate to have a woman of this caliber. With Tracy’s leadership, background, and strong moral compass, this District will be in safe hands. I am confident she will be the fighter this District needs.”

In response to her endorsement, Tracy Mitrano said the following:

“I am grateful to have received this endorsement and vote of confidence from Lieutenant Governor Krupsak, who has long been a hero to me. Forty years ago, she was told not to run for Lieutenant Governor because it was believed a woman couldn’t win. Thankfully, she ignored those warnings, ran, and won, becoming the first woman Lieutenant Governor of New York and paving the way for women like me to run for office. Lieutenant Governor Krupsak embodies the grit and determination to succeed that I so love about our District. I will employ that same spirit as the representative from NY-23 in Congress.”

6/1 – Corning Mayor Bill Boland Endorses Tracy Mitrano

“Tracy Mitrano represents the best in American politics,” Mayor Boland said. “She is practical, thoughtful and authentic. Tracy has a genuine commitment to bringing us together as a people, representing what unites us as so much more powerful than what divides us. I support Tracy because she is a moderate progressive, someone who believes that honest conversations between people of good will build the common good, where an even better America is there for us all.”

“Tracy’s is a fresh politics of common ground, occupying the vibrant center, where people reach out to each other, engage each other in civil discussion, and work on differences,” Mayor Boland continued. “She believes, as I do, that this is the way we make progress as a people, together.”

“Tracy Mitrano’s candidacy speaks to the spirit and tradition of Amo Houghton’s representation of 23rd District, a positive tradition of civility, practical centrism and dialog. It’s tradition we value and remember in Corning,” Mayor Boland concluded.

“I’m very grateful for Mayor Boland’s support of our campaign,” Tracy Mitrano said. “It’s time to find common ground among our neighbors by putting people first, bringing common sense politics to Washington, and creating economic opportunity for the 23rd District.”


5/21 – Deputy Supervisor for the Town of Dryden Endorses Tracy Mitrano

Dan Lamb is the Deputy Supervisor for the Town of Dryden and former 15-year District Representative for late NY-22 Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey. In 2012, Dan ran for New York’s 22nd Congressional seat.   

“I am pleased to announce my endorsement of Tracy Mitrano for Congress,”  Mr. Lamb said. “I encourage all registered Democrats in the 23rd  Congressional District to vote for Tracy on Tuesday, June 26.”

“For 15 years, I had the honor of serving this region as district representative for the late Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey.”  Mr. Lamb continued. “Therefore, I offer my endorsement of Tracy with some familiarity as to the demands of the job and what it takes to fight for an Upstate New York congressional district. Tracy stands out in her ability to unite people, her understanding of the district, and her articulation of an inclusive agenda. Tracy has demonstrated the rare combination of management skills, vision, empathy, and tenacity needed to be successful in the district—and in Congress. The 23rd  Congressional District needs a fighter, and Tracy is that candidate.”

“As the current deputy supervisor in the town of Dryden, I see the damage that the current dysfunction in Congress is causing at all levels of government,”  Mr. Lamb remarked.  “Municipalities need a partner in Congress, not an adversary. We need a new Farm Bill to help our farmers, renewal of the National Flood Insurance Program to protect our residents, an actual infrastructure bill to make our roads and bridges safer, and tax reform that doesn’t punish local government and working families. The current Congress has failed badly on these and many other legislative priorities.”

“We must have fresh ideas and new voices in Congress. To make this happen, we must send leaders like Tracy to Washington. Now more than ever, we need a Congress willing to assert its powers as the preeminent branch of government and exercise oversight on an increasingly corrupt and chaotic presidency. The stakes could not be higher in this year’s midterm elections and it is essential that we nominate the strongest candidate possible to ensure victory in November. Tracy is that candidate.  I urge all voters to review her platform and join me in supporting this special candidate.”

3/19 – Women’s Equality Party Endorses Mitrano

The Women’s Equality Party (WEP) has endorsed Tracy Mitrano for Congress in New York’s 23rd District.

In a statement, WEP Chairwoman Susan Zimet thanked all of the candidates who sought the party’s endorsement and said the party had completed a thorough review of each candidate. Zimet said, “The Women’s Equality Party is proud to endorse Tracy Mitrano for Congress. Women in this country still face significant discrimination, particularly in the workplace. Mitrano’s track record of community service and advocacy for marginalized communities throughout her personal and professional life, proves she is the person we need in Congress to fight for gender equality.”

WEP Regional Leader Debra Puckhaber also praised Mitrano’s ongoing work to advance the rights of women. “Tracy Mitrano is a champion and fierce advocate of Women’s Equality Party tenets, such as defending access to affordable healthcare, to protecting women’s rights in the workplace. We are confident she will bring that same spirit to Congress. She has a clear message which resonates across New York’s 23rd District, and a creative vision for our area that will translate into sustainable, concrete results.”

3/16 – Watkins Glen Mayor Schimizzi Endorses Mitrano for Congress

Watkins Glen Mayor Sam Schimizzi has endorsed Democrat Tracy Mitrano for Congress in NY-23.

In his statement, Schimizzi said, “I am pleased to announce that I have endorsed Tracy Mitrano for Congress. With compassion and a bias for action to meet the challenges we are facing, Tracy is absolutely the leader we need representing New York’s 23rd District in Washington. Her comprehensive economic development plan focuses on the real needs of constituents in places like Watkins Glen–defending access to affordable health care, helping small businesses, building vital infrastructure, addressing transportation challenges, providing our children with quality education and training, and keeping our environment safe and clean. We need Tracy in Congress because she will work tirelessly to help our communities thrive.”

3/9 – Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick Endorses Tracy

Tonight, Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick endorsed Democratic Congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano running in New York’s 23rd District.

Mayor Myrick said in a statement, “I am so pleased to endorse Tracy Mitrano for Congress. The upcoming election in November is a chance to unite around a candidate who has the integrity, leadership, experience, and vision to truly represent the 23rd in Congress. Tracy’s focus on issues such as creating jobs, defending access to affordable health care, developing infrastructure, and protecting the environment are all issues that are important to constituents from Ithaca to Hornell to Wellsville and Jamestown, regardless of their political affiliation. Having spent her entire live in Western and Southern Tier New York, she has a genuine love for this area that will make her an excellent steward of this District. We must unite around these common values to elect someone who truly has the best interest of our beautiful District at heart, and that’s Tracy Mitrano.”

In response, Tracy Mitrano said the following, “I would like to thank Mayor Myrick for his endorsement. Ithaca has a special place in my heart. It took this Rochester native in and gave me a good place to work and to raise my two wonderful sons. I look forward to working with Mayor Myrick and leaders across the District to address the challenges facing the 23rd and to bring opportunity back to our area.”

3/5 – Tioga County Democratic Committee Chair Endorses Tracy

Today, Tracy received the endorsement of Tioga County Democratic Committee Chair Diane Lechner. Lechner has served as Chair since 2014 and is known for her hard work, commitment to her community, and her dedication to getting Democratic candidates elected into office.

Lechner released the following statement on her endorsement:

“Today, I am pleased to announce my endorsement for Tracy Mitrano for Congress in the Democratic primary for New York’s 23rd Congressional District. I have tremendous respect for the hard work and determination demonstrated by all the primary candidates so far in this race, but I believe that Tracy is unique in her ability to connect with voters and articulate her vision for the district. We need a representative in Congress who appreciates the difficult choices middle-class families have had to make due to stagnant wages and underemployment … who understands national security issues, especially as they relate to US cyber-security … and who acknowledges that healthcare is a right, not a privilege. Tracy Mitrano is the candidate who is most able to take Tom Reed to task on these issues and that’s why she has earned my support.”

3/1 – Jamestown City Councilwoman Weinert Endorses Tracy

This week, Democratic Congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano running in New York’s 23rd District received the endorsement of Jamestown City Councilwoman Vanessa Weinert. Weinert, who was born and raised in Jamestown, was sworn on to the Jamestown City Council in January.  

About her endorsement of Mitrano, Weinert said the following:

I am proud to endorse Tracy Mitrano for Congress. Tracy has all the qualities we desperately need in the 23rd. Out of all the candidates running, she has the most well-rounded background and the expertise needed to confront the many challenges facing our district. Our district is complex and constituents have many different political ideologies, and it will take a candidate who can bring us all together to win in November. Tracy was born and raised in Western New York and has lived her adult life in the Southern Tier. She appeals to people from many walks of life and across the 23rd. I firmly believe she can unite this district.

Tracy’s plans on important issues such as health care, infrastructure, jobs, education, and income inequality are equally impressive. A lot of development is happening in downtown Jamestown right now. Growing up in the City of Rochester, Tracy witnessed firsthand urban development. As a member of the Town of Ithaca’s Planning Board for 10 years, she can appreciate the housing issues that Jamestown faces. She wants to invest in municipal utilities even for the internet. Tracy has a futures-focused, creative vision for this District to bring about the economic growth we need.

Our community also wants to feel inspired by a candidate. The first time I met Tracy at an event in Jamestown, she had the entire crowd in awe and excited about working together to turn this District around. People of the 23rd want to feel like their voices are being heard and understood by its elected representatives. They want a candidate with a fresh perspective and one that will fight for them. That is what Tracy is all about.”

2/27 – Working Families Party Endorses Mitrano

Regional leaders of the Working Families Party (WFP) have voted overwhelmingly to recommend endorsement of Democratic candidate Tracy Mitrano in NY-23 to the WFP. This all but guarantees Mitrano’s place on the ballot in November. The endorsement comes after an extensive application and interview process with each of the Democratic candidates running.

Sue Skidmore, former Mayor of Elmira and State Committee Member of WFP, said, “Tracy Mitrano is clearly the right candidate to take on Tom Reed. She has the best campaign structure and plan in place to win in November. Her deep roots to Western New York, extensive leadership experience, and her authentic connection with voters from all walks of life make her the ideal candidate.”

The WNY Vice Chair-Chautauqua Area of the WFP, Robert E Dando Jr, said, “Of all the candidates running, Tracy has the strongest vision and plan to turn things around in NY-23. Her plans to bring 21st Century jobs to the 23rd, develop local infrastructure, and defend access to affordable health care set her apart from other candidates running.”

In response to WFP’s endorsement, Tracy Mitrano released the following statement:

“I am truly appreciative to have received the Working Families Party’s support. WFP’s endorsement is essential to a successful primary in June and a win in the general election in November. With their support, I will proudly continue to fight for an economy that works for working and middle class people in this district, not just the one percent, and a democracy in which every voice is heard. Constituents in New York’s 23rd District deserve to have access to good jobs, a quality education, and affordable healthcare, and that is exactly what I will work for in Congress.”