Former #NY23 Congressional Candidate Karl Warrington Endorses Tracy

January 8, 2018

Statement from Democratic Candidate Tracy Mitrano in Response to Warrington Endorsement

Yesterday, Karl Warrington announced his decision to withdraw from the NY-23rd congressional race and to endorse Tracy Mitrano. Warrington told the Ithaca Times that Tracy “is the one person who can seriously take on Tom Reed. Super, super smart and definitely has the gravitas. Hands down, best choice.”

In response, Mitrano released the following statement:

“I am grateful to receive Mr. Warrington’s endorsement. I truly admire and respect the campaign Mr. Warrington ran. He focused on bringing compassion and community values back into politics, things sorely lacking in recent political discussions and in our current congressional representation.

In his professional life and during his campaign, Mr. Warrington has gained a reputation for standing up against injustice and speaking out against policies that unfairly hurt the working and middle-class—issues that have been an important feature of my campaign as well. He has also rightly been quick to point out the many times Congressman Tom Reed has sided with the interests of his wealthy donors and politicians in Washington, rather than his constituents in NY-23.

I look forward to working together with Mr. Warrington in the coming weeks and months to fight for those in our district who have been neglected by our current representation on issues such as health care and economic opportunity.”


Making Sure People Have Enough to Eat

In New York’s 23rd district, so many hard-working people can barely afford to put food on their table. In some parts of the district, up to 45% of students are on free and reduced lunch programs at school because they do not have enough to eat at home. This is an important issue for our campaign, so we spoke to a local expert–Maureen Curry from Olean, who has seen this issue up close and personal.

Curry, a retired librarian, works at a food pantry in Olean. At this pantry, she serves many people every day what the pantry can afford to give. All the way from young kids, to working parents, Curry sees hunger everywhere.

“It’s not like these people are getting handouts by the government. They are working sometimes fifty hours a week and still have to come to the pantry for food,” Curry said.

Curry originally got involved with the pantry after her retiring. She had moved into a house, and could see a homeless shelter from her back window. When she found out they were looking for extra hands, Curry stepped up. Now, she has been with the pantry for seven years.

“I have loved every second of it,” Curry said.

A lot of these issues boil down to what the federal government has done to help the working class, or rather the lack of what they have done. Different programs, like welfare reform and social security, aren’t doing what they had originally intended to do. This hinders people from any sort of ability to buy steady food.

“The average monthly income [of people coming to] the pantry where I work is $1,338,” Curry said. “That isn’t nearly enough to live on, which is why I am in favor of raising the minimum wage everywhere.”

Tom Reed, the current congressman of the 23rd district in New York, promised to ensure living wages for the people in his district and creating jobs for everyone. However, in his now eight years of representing the 23rd district, he has done very little to help in this area.

Reed is part of the Ways and Means committee in Congress, which addresses things like social security and tax reform. Yet, recently Reed has shown he hasn’t cared about those not making enough to even put food on their table by supporting the tax reform, which benefits the wealthy. The tax bill also adds a $1.5 trillion deficit that will be paid for by cuts to the very social programs meant to help hardworking families in the 23rd put food on the table.

According the Census Bureau, there are 21,028 people living in congressional district 23 who make less than ten thousand dollars a year. There are another 15,445 people living in the district that make between ten thousand and $14,999 a year. In this district, ten percent of all families live below the poverty level. 40,617 people are living with out health insurance.

Curry has multiple ideas on how to get the federal government more involved with taking action against rural hunger and can improve living wages for everyone. Her plans include creating a more sustainable way of producing food, which would also create jobs.

“I don’t think people should be given handouts, but the federal government should wait three or six months after someone has acquired a job before taking their welfare away from them,” Curry said.

Curry is involved in growing community gardens to help provide more nutritional food. Gardens in front of the pantry have also been helpful because people can grow their own healthy food. It gives them something better to eat and provides jobs to those looking.

“A lot of the people who come into the pantry are overweight, and that is because the food they can afford aren’t all that healthy. These gardens we created provide a long-term solution,” Curry said.

A good economy is dependent on having healthy people, and access to nutritional food is a large part of that. Fixing problems Curry sees every day starts by having representatives who listen to what the people are asking for and what they need. It’s not easy making changes in Congress, but it is what elected officials are suppose to strive to do. Elected officials, like Reed, aren’t meant to take the easy way out or to only benefit those who have money. Change is needed in this district to help combat rural hunger and improve rural development and that change starts with a new representative.

Tracy Wins Tompkins County Straw Poll In a Landslide

Tracy Mitrano won the Tompkins County Democratic Committee straw poll conducted on February 12th, receiving 297 of the 571 votes—more votes than all the other candidates received combined. Participants voted in the straw poll after the candidates participated in a round-table in front of a packed audience that was largely focused on how the candidates planned to beat incumbent Tom Reed and their plans for the district.

In response to her win in Tompkins, Mitrano released the following statement:

Thank you to Tompkins County for the incredible support. The energy for my campaign that I saw last night mirrors the enthusiasm I have experienced all across the district. This district is ready for change after years of neglect. Tom Reed’s same tired tactics of trying to divide this district each election cycle will not work this time for one simple reason: our love for this district is more powerful than that. We have a long road ahead of us still, but I am more confident than I have ever been that this is the year we will bring real representation to NY-23.

Click here to read a summary of the event.

2/6/18 – Tracy Pens Open Letter to Tom Reed

In response to recent negative ad campaigns Congressman Tom Reed (NY-23) has run against his Congressional challengers, Democratic candidate Tracy Mitrano released the following open letter to Mr. Reed:
 Congressman Reed,
 While you spent last week publicly touting a message of unity and bipartisanship, you also sent two mailers to your supposed supporters calling your Congressional challengers “extreme liberals.” It’s a well-worn tactic you’ve used in every single election year since you took office and we see right through it. You use it as an excuse to ignore a large portion of your constituents and to distract your supporters from the fact that you vote for the interests of your wealthy out-of-state donors, rather than your constituents.
You can keep inserting the word “bipartisan” into each of your statements, but it will not change the fact that you regularly attack your own constituents. You can keep holding town hall meetings to pretend you’re listening to your constituents, but it won’t hide that you have neglected this district to become a Washington insider. You can post photos of your meetings with representatives on both sides of the aisle, but it will not change the fact that time and again you have chosen the partisan path in favor of the wealthy, rather than a bipartisan deal that would have actually helped your district.
Mr. Reed, your “us versus them” tactic is not real representation or leadership, and it will not work this year. Along the campaign trail, I have spoken with constituents across the political spectrum and the one thing they all agree on is that their lives have not improved under your leadership. You cannot hide from your record and you’ll see the consequences of that in November.

2/2/18 – Statement on the Release of the Nunes Memo

In response to the publication of the memo written by the staff of Republican Chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) Devin Dunes, Tracy Mitrano released the following statement.

“This memo makes dangerous claims of FBI subversion with information that simply does not support it. The decision by House Republicans and the Trump administration to release highly classified information to the public is a practice completely outside of established House Intelligence Committee procedure. It is an attempt to damage the credibility of the FBI and the Department of Justice showing just how far the GOP is willing to go to push their agenda. It is no surprise that Congressman Tom Reed called for releasing the Nunes memo. He said that doing so would provide “transparency.” I am all for government transparency, but this is not it.

After only a few hours of it being released, I believe this memo is already being seen for exactly what it is—a political ploy Republicans are using to discredit an active FBI investigation. I said it earlier this week and I will say it again: The FBI’s investigation led by its Republican former Director Robert Mueller into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia must continue unimpeded by partisan politics. It is the only way to ensure the truth comes out.”

Statement on Russia Investigation

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe announced today [29 January] that he would step down reportedly because of pressure from the White House. Last week it was revealed that President Trump ordered the firing of Robert Mueller last spring.

Tracy Mitrano released the following statement in response:

In the last few weeks, we have seen an unacceptable level of criticism levied against the FBI and their ongoing investigation led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. This investigation must continue without political interference—it is the only way to ensure the truth comes out. We must not let political partisanship get in the way of protecting our democracy and the rule of law.

The people of NY-23 deserve a representative that defends our country against all threats foreign and domestic. Today, I issue my support for Mueller’s investigation and I call on Congressman Tom Reed to do the same.

Mitrano Wins Geneva Straw Poll, Takes Second in Chautauqua

On January 23rd, Democratic candidate Tracy Mitrano won a straw poll conducted in Geneva at the Smith Opera House after the seven candidates running in NY-23 participated in a candidate forum. Participants were asked to identify their top three candidates and Mitrano won the most votes by a 100-point margin.

Earlier in the week, the Chautauqua Democratic County Committee held a meeting to decide which of the seven Democratic candidates running for Congress in NY-23 they would endorse. The voting was close and it took four separate rounds of voting before there was a majority. Tracy Mitrano of Yates County received the second highest votes in three rounds and the highest number of votes in one round.