The Issues

Statue of Themis, symbol of law and justice

Civil Rights

Mission: Every American is equal, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, ability religion, sexual orientation, or background. We must combat the systemic racism and prejudice that blocks many from accessing opportunities equally. I will fiercely fight discrimination in all its forms. I will fight to amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include prohibiting discrimination against the LGBTQ community. We must also protect and expand people with disabilities’ access to education, employment, transportation, health care, and their communities.

The Economy

The Economy

Mission: Bring jobs back to the district through tax cuts for the middle-class, not the wealthiest one percent. Ensure a fair minimum wage. Update our outdated labor laws to match the 21st Century workforce, including taking health care off the backs of employers, especially small business, better social planning for child care for working parents, and improving wages to rebalance what is now out of whack employee/CEO ratio.

Healthcare

Health Care

Mission: Establish universal health care. Access to health care should be a right, not a privilege for the wealthy. The U.S. is the only western developed nation in which a hard-working family can go bankrupt from a hospital stay. Affordable health care is a gateway to economic opportunity and upward mobility. We must defend against cuts to critical programs, like Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security.

Education

Education

Mission: All children, regardless of their location, have a right to a quality K-12 education. We must invest in our K-12 public schools. We have excellent post-secondary schools in our district and the ability to attend them should not just be a pipe dream for constituents. We should create vocational, trade, and certificate programs between our excellent schools and the people who neither want nor can afford a four-year degree.

National Security

National Security

Mission: We must ensure our national security agencies and diplomatic corps are equipped to meet 21st century challenges, including cybersecurity and terrorism. The U.S. must maintain its strong bilateral and multilateral alliances, including through the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The threats to our national security are complex and we cannot go it alone. Congress must act now to defend against the threat of hacking into our democratic institutions from state and non-state actors.

Immigration

Immigration

Mission: This country was built by immigrants and continues to benefit from the skills and expertise immigrants bring to the U.S. I support immigration reform that provides undocumented people living in the district in good legal standing with a path towards citizenship. Farmers and wineries in this District depend on immigrant workers.

The Environment

The Environment

Mission: Keep our planet safe and clean for our families and protect it from the effects of climate change. Support the current NY State moratorium on hydraulic-fracturing and federal funding for climate change research and policy based on the scientific method. There are great opportunities for scientific innovation, discovery, and research for renewable energies and southern tier New York should be at the forefront.

Vets

Veterans

Mission: Provide adequate funding for veterans, including health care, mental health support, and programs to help veterans shift to civilian employment after serving. We need people in Congress who understand what it means to deploy men and women overseas and who will ensure the government provides the highest form of care and support upon our soldiers’ return. We can give our military the latest technology in war, but if we don’t take care of our soldiers when they return home, we are not doing our jobs.

Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality

Mission: Support net neutrality. Companies should not have the right to limit access to the Internet to only those who can afford it. Doing so will harm our schools and universities and most affect low-income families, students, and people with disabilities. It is time for Congress to pass legislation that protects this critical principal of communications, commerce and content sharing on the internet.

Reproductive Rights

Reproductive Rights

Mission: I will defend a woman’s right to choose and to access safe, legal, and affordable reproductive care. Reproductive health should not be a privilege for only those who can afford it. I oppose cuts to Planned Parenthood and any other program that provides safe and affordable health care.

Second Amendment

The Second Amendment

Mission: I come from a family of hunters and I will protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners. However, we cannot ignore gun violence in our schools and communities. We must close loopholes that allow criminals and terrorists easy access to firearms.  I support community programs that provide training in responsible gun ownership and address gun violence. As a matter of state law, I oppose the Safe Gun Act as an overly broad and discriminatory legislation.