Cynthia Nixon, Candidate for Governor of the State of NY         top

I’m running for governor because I love this state. New York is the only place I’ve ever lived, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. But I know that we can do better. We need a New York that works for all of us – a New York for the many, not just the few.

I was born in New York City, and I grew up in a one-bedroom fifth floor walk-up with my mom. I’m a proud public school graduate, and these days, an even prouder public school parent. For the last 17 years, I’ve traveled across this state to fight for better schools, LGBTQ equality, and women’s health care, including the right to choose.

This is the state where I started acting at age 12 to put myself through college when my mom told me she couldn’t afford to. This is the state where I made my career, raised my kids, and met and married the love of my life, my wife Christine.

When I grew up here, we didn’t have much money, but I still felt like anything was possible. I had opportunities that I just don’t see for the vast majority of New York’s kids today.

New York has become the single most unequal state in the country. The top 1 percent of New Yorkers earn 45 times more than the bottom 99 percent combined. Black and Latino families in New York still earn much less than white families. Women still earn much less than men. We will change that!

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Jumaane Williams, Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of the State of NY         top

NYC Council member Jumaane Williams is a lifelong Brooklynite, graduating from Brooklyn Tech High School and earning both his Bachelor’s and Master’s from Brooklyn College. Despite being diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome and ADHD, he went on to serve on Community Board 18 and was executive director of the nonprofit New York State Tenants & Neighbors advancing statewide affordable housing policy before winning election to the NYC Council in 2009. He was one of the few NY elected officials to support Bernie Sanders and became a delegate for Bernie at the 2016 DNC Convention. He also became a founding member of BPAN (NYPAN’s Brooklyn Chapter)

As a Council member, Jumaane has led efforts to curb police abuse, end the racist stop and frisk program, and provide thousands of summer jobs for youth. He was a co-founder of the Progressive Caucus of the NYC Council, which pushed through many historic programs like paid sick leave and early childhood education.

Jumaane is widely regarded as the face of the resistance to Trump and his enablers, from both parties. He has been arrested many times for civil disobedience, including in front of Trump Tower at the moment Trump was being sworn in as president. Most recently, in a scene reminiscent of Tiananmen Square, Jumaane sought to physically block a vehicle being used by ICE to kidnap the renowned immigrant rights leader Ravi Ragbir.

In short, it is truly a rare event that someone of such courage and conviction runs for such a high office as Lieutenant Governor, and it is a testament to NYPAN to become the first major organization to endorse Jumaane’s campaign for that office.

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Patrick Nelson, Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in NY-21         top

Grown from the Grassroots and bringing 21st century policies to New York’s 21st Congressional District, we will build upon the progress made by the Bernie Sanders Campaign: Offering a bold vision for the future of New York’s North Country and the future of our nation.

Together, we’re going to build a new model of open and transparent government based upon dialogue and not demagoguery. If you believe that America should be run for the people then join our campaign.

You can rest assured I will give every ounce of my strength and energy to be the best Congressional Representative I can be.

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Ian Golden, Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in NY-23         top

Ian Golden is a small-business owner from Ithaca, NY. He studied Occupational Therapy and began his career working with children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders and with clients in an inpatient rehabilitation setting. Later, he decided to focus on his passion for running, and opened a retail store for runners and athletes. He has planned many internationally-recognized trail running events in the Southern Tier and was a member of the Tompkins County Strategic Tourism and Planning Board from 2014 to 2017.

Golden was an early supporter of Bernie Sanders, an early investor in community wind power, and an early lobbyist for the NY Health Act. He pays his employees a living wage and believes very strongly that businesses need to be integrated and responsible members of their communities.

Golden and his wife Sherry have two young daughters, Maren and Nora. He looks younger than his 41 years, and his youthfulness, energy and willingness to think outside the box have endeared him to younger constituents and progressives. Golden is also earning the admiration of independents and even some Republicans in the district, which is deeply red outside of Ithaca and went +16 for Trump. Golden insists that Democrats need to understand why people voted for Trump, at an emotional level. The Democratic nominee won’t win by making logical or academic arguments or by vilifying Trump and incumbent Congressman Tom Reed.

Golden’s campaign is focused on supporting and rebuilding our communities: he believes in living wage, health care as a right, protecting our public schools and ensuring that our residents have the education and vocational skills needed to rebuild our nation. He will do everything he can to reduce the control of special interests over our government. Golden believes that climate change is one of the greatest threats facing our nation and that stepping up to meet the challenge will be an economic and moral opportunity for our communities.

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Liuba Grechen Shirley, Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in NY-02         top

Liuba has spent her career leading organizations to empower working families both at home and abroad. She has forged partnerships between nonprofits, government, and businesses to tackle issues including economic development, access to health care, paid family leave, and government transparency. She has worked with farmers, diplomats, healthcare workers, government leaders and entrepreneurs in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. Liuba has led delegations to Capitol Hill to lobby for strong American leadership at the UN, has fought to make the use of international aid funds more accountable and less corrupt, and has worked to help restore economically depressed communities around the world.

Liuba has focused specifically on women’s economic empowerment working on projects for Women Deliver, PL+US: Paid Leave for the US, Vital Voices, Global Health Visions, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Liuba served as a UN Women’s Empower Women’s Global Champion for women’s economic empowerment. Together with UN Women, she launched the #IAmParent campaign for Parental Leave.

Liuba and her family have called Long Island home for five generations. Her mother, Katherine Grechen, is a public school teacher and single mother. Liuba’s grandparents were Russian immigrants who moved to Amityville in the 1940s to build a better life for their children. Her grandmother, whom she was named after, opened a small wool and yarn business, and her grandfather helped build the first lunar module to land on the moon. Liuba’s family taught her the value of hard work and the importance of community, and she and her husband are now raising their two young children in Amityville.

Liuba founded a grassroots group called New York’s 2nd District Democrats to engage Long Islanders in the political process. At first, she thought the group would mostly attract Democrats alarmed by Donald Trump’s policies — but the group has actually welcomed many independents and even some Republicans who want new leadership in NY02. Liuba holds an MBA with specializations in Management, Economics, and Social Innovation from New York University Stern School of Business, and a BA in Politics and Russian from NYU.

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Dana Balter, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in NY-24         top

Dana Balter has been fighting for the underdog since childhood. Dana grew up with a brother with cognitive disabilities, and she learned from an early age the importance of advocating for equal treatment and access for every person. This desire for a fair and just society is what inspired Dana to study policy in order to make the systemic changes people in this county need to be happy, healthy, and prosperous.

Dana currently teaches courses in citizenship, policy, administration, and democracy at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Through her work, Dana teaches students about the complexities and responsibilities of living in a Democracy, but in the wake of the November election, the new administration threatens everything she teaches her students and she could not stand idly by. Dana has been involved in organizing efforts across her district to protect the communities most at risk of our current administration’s regressive policies.

Dana is standing up for things the people in her district need most: adequate, affordable healthcare for every person; an equitable, high quality education for every child; policies that promote economic justice and meaningful employment; an insistence and demand for equal treatment under the law for all people; protection of our natural resources; a restoration of respect for our democratic institutions and American values. In Congress, Dana’s job will be to amplify the voices of our community and ensure that no one is left behind.

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Jasmine Robinson, candidate for the NYS Senate in District 23         top

Robinson is a full time legal secretary and Staten Island resident, and has been a progressive and community activist for years. Unlike Savino, who betrayed her constituents by claiming to be a Democrat but then voting for the Republicans to run the State Senate, Robinson is a loyal Democrat who has pledged to support the mainline Democratic Senate Caucus, led by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins. Savino is part of the 8 member IDC caucus, which in exchange for voting with the Republicans receives numerous perks like extra compensation, large offices and staff, greater budgets, etc.

Rather than sell out for personal gain, Robinson is focused on winning benefits for her community and district which she has vowed to serve: single payer healthcare, the Dream Act, criminal justice reforms, campaign finance and voting rights reforms, etc. The Republicans who Savino supports have blocked all these proposals and more.

As BPAN co-chair George Albro put it: “As the Party of Trump seeks to systematically dismantle Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the gains of workers over the last 60 years, we need REAL DEMOCRATS IN NY to fight against these attacks on the middle class. Moreover, Staten Island, which Savino partially represents, has the highest percentage of union families of any county in the country. And the Supreme Court, composed mostly of judges put in place by Trump and the Republicans, is on the verge of a decision (the Janus case) which will virtually put all public sector unions on life support, thereby endangering those members’ pensions, health benefits and union protections. Savino’s complicity with those Republican anti-union forces is inexcusable”.

SIPAN chair Phil Marius added: “I’m very proud that our Chapters saw fit to endorse Jasmine Robinson. Robinson has a progressive policy agenda that truly speaks to the needs of the poor, the working class and the struggling middle class. Approximately 25% of north Staten Island residents live in poverty and approximately 43% earn less than a living wage. The people are finding it harder and harder to pay the bills and access healthcare and transportation. Constituents need a representative who will work to make life in Senate District 23 one of good health and stability. Jasmine is the representative who will pass single-payer healthcare, protect public education, seek criminal justice and electoral reforms, among other measures. In my view, her policy plan is the key that will open the door to a true progressive Era in Senate District 23.”

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Alessandra Biaggi, candidate for the NYS Senate in District 34         top

I am running for New York State Senate in District 34, where I was born and raised because I believe that New York should be a leader in progressive governance and in modern economic development.

This is a race that impacts all New Yorkers.

There are over five times as many Democrats as Republicans in District 34 and yet my opponent leads the Independent Democratic Conference (“IDC”), a group of 8 New York state senators who are elected as Democrats, but who caucus and vote with Republicans.

Enacting Democratic legislation at the State level has never been more important. Progress is being blocked by the IDC’s power-sharing agreement with Senate Republicans.

As State Senator, my priorities will be expanding voting rights, fully funding public education, access to childcare, healthcare, and eldercare, fighting domestic violence and gun violence, reforming campaign finance, reproductive justice, and making sure that every person in the district has a good, well-paying job. I’ll also fight for functioning transit, affordable housing, criminal justice reform, workers’ rights, immigrants’ rights, environmental sustainability, and protections against sexual abuse, assault, and harassment so that every human being has a safe working environment, regardless of what they do for a living.

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