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Cynthia Nixon, Candidate for Governor of the State of NY           top          Endorsed by Our Revolution

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 Lt. Governor of NY         top       Endorsed by Our Revolution

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 BrookCollege. 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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Zephyr Teachout, Candidate for NYS Attorney General         top

Zephyr Teachout is a law professor and is a constitutional law expert.

Her priorities as Attorney General are:

– Leading the legal resistance against the Trump assault on law
– Cleaning house on Albany corruption
– Battling financial fraud and corporate scams
– Spearheading the moral argument against mass incarceration

She grew up in a small rural town with a Constitutional Law Professor father who had been active in the civil rights movement, and a mother who is now a state court judge. From an early age, she learned how to herd sheep, weed potatoes, be polite to people that she disagreed with, and never back down from a hard fight.

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TOM DINAPOLI, Candidate for NYS Comptroller         top    

Thomas P. DiNapoli proudly serves the people as the 54th Comptroller of the State of New York. He is known for his integrity, independence and steadfast leadership.

Tom was appointed Comptroller in 2007 when the office was mired in scandal. He immediately took steps to restore the reputation and integrity of the Comptroller’s office. He has aggressively fought public corruption and the misuse of taxpayers’ dollars. He has spoken out against fiscal gimmicks and government inefficiency. He has strengthened one of the nation’s top public pension funds, which stands at an all-time high value of more than $209.1 billion. The people elected him to a full term in 2010 and 2014.

His career in public service started when he was elected as a trustee of the Mineola Board of Education, becoming the first 18 year old to hold public office in New York State. He served on the school board for ten years, including two terms as Board President.

In 1986, Tom was elected to the New York State Assembly representing the 16th district from Nassau County. During his ten terms in the Assembly, he was recognized as a leading voice on environmental, education and local fiscal issues. He was a long time member of the Assembly’s fiscal committee, the Ways and Means Committee. He also served as chair of a number of standing committees including, Ethics and Guidance, Consumer Affairs, Government Operations, Local Government and Environmental Conservation.

Prior to his election to the Assembly, he worked in the private sector as a manager in the telecommunications industry. He also served on community boards and organizations, including serving as President of the Board of Directors of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Nassau County.

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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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Tedra Cobb, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in NY-21         top

 In 2001, Tedra ran for the St. Lawrence County Legislature and, against all odds, beat a powerful incumbent handily. She didn’t win because she had the most money or the backing of the majority party. She had neither. Tedra won because she worked tirelessly, going door-to-door, attending every chicken BBQ and giving her ear to every voter who wanted to be heard. Tedra was driven by her memory of the day she witnessed a politician stand up in front of an audience eager for answers cross his arms and turn his back on the crowd. She swore that she would run for office and never turn her back on the people she was elected to serve.

Tedra served Saint Lawrence County for eight years, working side-by-side with community service providers, business owners, community activists, farmers, educators, tradespeople, and her fellow locally elected officials and Legislators. Because of her personal commitment to transparency and integrity in local government, Tedra led the effort to create and pass the current St. Lawrence County ethics law and the St. Lawrence County (NY) Board of Ethics.

She made her decision to run for Congress the day the 21st district’s current elected representative refused to reach across the aisle and turned her back on the people who elected her by voting for the highly partisan American Healthcare Act. If that law had passed in the Senate, the people of New York’s 21st congressional district would have been economically devastated. Thousands of healthcare workers would have lost their jobs, many of the region’s hospitals could have closed and 83,000 people would have lost their health insurance.

The 21st Congressional District deserves a representative who will put our interests above party politics and personal political ambition. Tedra Cobb has the character, gumption and resourcefulness to do just that.

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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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Jim Gaughran, candidate for NYS Senate from District 5         top       

Jim Gaughran’s decades of experience as a public official and as an attorney makes him uniquely qualified to take on the special interests in Albany as the next State Senator from the 5th District.

At the age of 26, Jim was elected to the Huntington Town Board in 1983, becoming the youngest Councilman in the history of his town. As a member of the Town Board he wrote one of the State’s first ethics laws requiring local officials to disclose all sources of outside income and exposing any possible conflicts of interest. He also ended decades of corrupt garbage collection practices by creating municipal solid waste districts, authored numerous zoning and environmental laws to protect environmentally sensitive areas and, as the lone Democrat, became fiscal watchdog over budgetary issues.

In 1987, Jim was elected to the Suffolk County Legislature representing the 17th Legislative District in the Town of Huntington. As a legislator, he authored a Charter Amendment taking away the Legislature’s ability to amend the Capital Budget anytime they wanted for pet projects. This Amendment was overwhelming approved by the voters in a public referendum and helped reduce Suffolk’s debt for years after. As Chair of the Public Safety Committee he reformed the Suffolk County Police Department with new community-oriented police policies and he co-sponsored the Suffolk Water Protection Act which led to preserving the Central Pine Barrens and numerous critical watershed areas in Suffolk County.

As Water Authority Chairman, Jim implemented smart management practices which have reduce the payroll in 4 years by 6%, resulting in the Authority having a high bond rating of AA+ issued by Fitch and Standard and Poors. He also implemented numerous reforms to create accountability and transparency. This included putting all agenda items on the Authority’s website a week before any action is taken and requiring Requests for Proposals for all professional service contracts.

Jim has been a practicing attorney in Suffolk County for almost 30 years representing numerous families, businesses and individuals in a variety of areas of law. In 1987 Jim married his wife, Carol, a Library Media Specialist. The Gaughrans have a daughter, Kaitlin, a graduate of George Washington University and a son, Michael, a graduate of Whittier College in Whittier, California.

Jim, who is 61 years old, was raised in Dix Hills where he graduated from Half Hollow Hills High School. He has spent most of his life in Suffolk County and currently resides with his wife in Northport. He has a Juris Doctorate degree from Hofstra Law School and a Bachelors degree from SUNY Stony Brook where he majored in Political Science.

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Jessica Ramos, candidate for NYS Senate from District 13         top         Endorsed by Our Revolution!

Jessica Ramos has spent her life fighting for working families, advocating for labor, and organizing her local community. Born in Elmhurst to an undocumented seamstress and a printing pressman, Jessica was raised in Astoria, attended Queens public schools, and now lives in Jackson Heights with her husband and two sons.

A strong union advocate, Ramos worked with Build Up NYC to fight for construction, building and hotel, and maintenance workers in New York City from 2014 to 2015. Ramos also worked with a local chapter of the Social Service Employees Union from 2008 to 2011 and a regional branch of the Service Employees International Union from 2011 to 2014, where she helped building maintenance workers, office cleaners and public schools cleaners win contracts that protected their rights, wages, and benefits.

Even as a teenager, Jessica was outspoken against poverty and the internal displacement of Colombians. She was elected President of the NYC Colombian Liberal Youth Council in 2002 and subsequently elected President of the NYC Colombian Liberal Party in 2005.

Most recently, Jessica served as Director of Latino Media for the City of New York. As the city’s chief Latina spokesperson, Jessica helped keep our city’s 1.87 million Spanish-speaking residents, and the community and ethnic media at large, informed about government services and initiatives.
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Zellnor Myrie, candidate for NYS Senate in District 20         top         Endorsed by Our Revolution!

Zellnor Myrie is a Brooklyn native, lawyer, and longtime affordable housing advocate. Zellnor derives inspiration for his public service from his mother who moved to Brooklyn 40 years ago from Costa Rica on the promise of a mattress in a friend’s apartment and a job at a factory. His father has been a special education teacher for the past 17 years, and is a current member of The United Federation of Teachers. Zellnor was raised primarily by his mother in a rent-stabilized apartment in Prospect Lefferts Gardens allowing him to attend one of the best public schools in the borough. Zellnor’s mother never let the challenges of being a new immigrant hinder Zellnor’s education.

Zellnor worked as Legislative Director for City Councilman Fernando Cabrera where, among other bills, he helped draft and pass the Tenant Bill of Rights.

After leaving the City Council, Zellnor became chair of his Neighborhood Advisory Board where, through community organizing, he helped secure nearly $400,000 in federal funding for job training, after school programming, and tenant protection. Zellnor then went to Cornell Law School where he served as student body president, an editor on the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, a constitutional law instructor in prison, and as a Pro Bono Scholar — a position that allowed him to take the New York Bar early and spend his last semester working full-time at Justice 360, a criminal justice reform organization.

As an associate at a private Manhattan law firm, Zellnor remained committed to public service. Zellnor provided over 600 hours of pro bono service to immigrants seeking asylum, victims of police brutality and illegal stop-and-frisks, special education students not receiving services from the Department of Education, and victims of domestic violence. Zellnor also remained committed to his community as a member of the Neighborhood Advisory Board, junior board for the Legal Aid Society, and president of his building’s tenant’s association.

Zellnor is committed to giving back to the Brooklyn community that raised him and is passionate about securing affordable housing for families like his own, strengthening our public education system, immigrant rights, and criminal justice reform.

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Jasmine Robinson, candidate for the NYS Senate in District 23         top         Endorsed by Our Revolution!

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 NY34         top         Endorsed by Our Revolution!

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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Julie Goldberg, candidate for NYS Senate in District 38         top

Julie Goldberg is an educator, librarian, writer, and editor. Born in NJ, she attended Rutgers University, where she studied literature, music, and education. She taught high school English, then later became a public reference librarian and an educational media specialist. She holds Master’s degrees in Education, Literature, and in Library & Information Science.

She and her husband Martin Springer have been married for 23 years. They moved with their two children to Chestnut Ridge in 2002, where Julie was a founding member of the Hungry Hollow Coalition.

She is a board member and editor for River River, a community arts organization in Nyack, and a writer of fiction and essays. She believes that now more than ever, people must give their talents to serving their communities, and stand up and fight for justice.

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Robert Kesten, candidate for NYS Senate in District 40         top

Robert Kesten is not your typical local politician—he brings experience from high-level national politics, having worked on the campaigns of the highly-respected U.S. Senators Tom Daschle and Paul Simon. But Kesten also has deep local roots, interests, and experience. Raised in Bedford and currently living in South Salem, he is a Lewisboro Democratic district leader and an active member of the Lewisboro Democratic Committee. Since 2009, he’s been a consultant for PDHRE, an international non-profit organization promoting learning about human rights that leads to action. Prior to PDHRE he worked with a variety of nonprofits in education, agriculture, and the arts.

To tackle the complex problems we face, we have to solve old problems from new angles, with fresh ideas. We need an action-oriented Senator like Kesten who is passionate about our community and has smart, progressive proposals about how to fix its problems. We need a Senator with experience in building successful coalitions at both national and local levels. We need someone who works independent of special interests and partisan politics.

Kesten’s strong, principled positions combined with his willingness to challenge the status quo and build partnerships to get things done make him the right choice for NYS Senate District 40.

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Pat Strong, candidate for NYS Senate in District 46         top

I’m running for the State Senate because we deserve better. I’ll work to create jobs and economic opportunity in all our communities, while protecting our school funding, our environment, and family farms across Upstate New York.

Pat Strong is a small business owner and parent who has spent the last 15 years helping homeowners, businesses and local governments save money by saving energy. She’s a business leader who has worked as a volunteer to demonstrate the power of the arts as an economic driver in upstate New York.

A lifelong Democrat, Pat believes that the success of our communities ought to be measured by the support we provide to the most fragile members of it. She believes health care is a human right; fair and equitable funding must be provided for both rural and urban schools; and she wants to lessen the burden of the property tax on homeowners. When elected, she will join efforts to find more holistic solutions to the opioid epidemic that is tearing at the fabric of our communities.

Pat has made Ulster County her home since 1983. After a decade as a newspaper reporter and editor, she began working as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy in 1998, supporting businesses that were early proponents of solar, wind and energy efficiency. In 2003, she began working as a contractor to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), helping upstate homeowners, local governments and businesses access resources to make their buildings more energy efficient and more affordable.

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Rachel May, candidate for NYS Senate in District 53         top         Endorsed by Our Revolution!

I have long been involved in Democratic politics and community activism, but the principled community of resistance that has arisen in the past year has inspired me to go a step further and run for office for the first time. My professional background is in education: I taught high school math, then Russian language and literature at the college level, and am now Coordinator of Sustainability Education at Syracuse University. I work to connect students and professors to the people who keep the university working, in energy management, food services, buildings and grounds, waste management/recycling and transportation. We find inefficiencies in the system and work together to craft smart, cutting-edge solutions. I also work with teachers in local schools to help them learn about the remarkable history and ecology of Onondaga Lake, so that they can introduce their students to this important local resource.

For me, the choice to live in Syracuse has opened many doors. I currently serve on the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Democratic Committee. As a Board member of OCRRA for many years, I helped get a state-of-the-art compost facility built in Onondaga County. I have also served on the Board of FOCUS Greater Syracuse and the Mayor’s transition team for sustainability. I have been involved with numerous grassroots groups working on education, the arts, and the environment. I would be excited and honored to represent this dynamic and diverse region in Albany.

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Christine Pellegrino, candidate for the NYS Assembly in District 9         top

As a mother, educator and community leader Christine Pellegrino directly understands the challenges facing Long Island’s families.

As an elementary school reading teacher for the past twenty five years, Christine has shown leadership by regularly organizing and facilitating team meetings with colleagues and serving as the outreach coordinator for her department. She communicates with various groups throughout the school community, working with those students who are identified as being at-risk for reading below grade level and regularly advocating for their needs in various settings. Her commitment and dedication to our children has been recognized by both colleagues and parents.

No stranger to Albany, as the Political Action Chair, she attends the annual NYSUT sponsored Lobby Days to participate in the direct lobbying of local lawmakers on specific issues facing educators and has also organized and implemented a successful annual tradition of lobbying in Albany by a coalition of various stakeholder groups.

As a leader of the Opt Out Movement Christine has advocated and organized against standardization from Albany that harms our children. She has fought for funding for education and believes that Long Island’s families deserve their fair share of dollars from Albany.
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Catalina Cruz, candidate for the NYS Assembly in District 39         top

Catalina Cruz is a DREAMer. She was born in Colombia, came to Queens at the age of nine, and lived here for ten

years without documentation. Although her mother had an advanced degree in health care, she had to work menial jobs to make ends meet. As a single mother with four kids, she cleaned offices at night, sold tamales and empanadas at the soccer fields on the weekend, and worked long hours as a nanny during the week. Inspired by her mother’s perseverance, Catalina has committed her career to fight for our community – to ensure our workers, neighbors, and families can not only survive, but thrive.

Catalina Cruz is an experienced attorney and a leader for tenant protections, immigration reform, and workers rights. She most recently served as the Chief of Staff to the New York City Council Finance Chair. Catalina has worked to help pass key legislation protecting workers, women, and small business owners. She has previously served as the Director of the Governor’s Exploited Workers Task Force, helping New York become a national leader in the fight against worker exploitation. This first-of-its-kind task force conducted outreach and enforcement within key low wage industries statewide, including car washes, restaurants, and nail salons, where workers are often victims of wage theft and subject to unsafe work conditions, but do not eat forward for fear of retaliation.

Catalina started her career as a housing attorney fighting to help keep low income tenants and seniors in their homes. She currently serves as the president of the Latino Lawyers Association of Queens County. For the past 5 years, she has coordinated the Association’s Street Law in Spanish program which mentors students from St. John’s and CUNY law schools and brings “Know Your Rights” presentations to underserved communities. Catalina holds BA from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a JD from the City University of New York School of Law. Catalina lives in Jackson Heights with her husband.

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Harven Epstein, candidate for NYS Assembly in District 74         top

Harvey was raised in a politically active family. His parents infused in him a deep sense of obligation to the larger community. His dad was a union president for most of Harvey’s childhood, and Harvey witnessed how important the union was to his father. When the teachers from his school went on strike, Harvey, then a third grader, joined them on the picket line. His mother ran as a Democrat for political office numerous times beginning when Harvey was 9 years old. Literature drops, organizing events and political meetings were staples during those formative years.

Harvey has been a community leader for more than 20 years. He served on Community Board 3 for 14 years, serving as its board chair from 2002 to 2004, and chairing its Land Use committee for a term. During his tenure, Harvey helped preserve and create affordable housing for our community. A public school parent, Harvey is a former president of the District 1 President’s Council and former PTA president at the Neighborhood School (where his children attended). Harvey has engaged in numerous community struggles to protect low-wage workers, local day-care centers and diversity admission in public schools. He is a former Co-President of CoDA (a local political organization), and has worked on numerous progressive campaigns over the past few decades.

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Keith Rubino, candidate for NYS Assembly in District 118           top

Keith Rubino is running in New York State for Herkimer County Legislator in the first district because he wants to become involved and represent his community. As a 28 year old male, Keith has just recently become passionate and involved in the political process. Keith campaigned, volunteered, and organized events for Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders. He also became a National Delegate for the 22nd Congressional District and attended the Democratic National Convention representing Senator Sanders.

Keith understands that politics has to start locally. He has grown up in Herkimer County his entire life and knows that the area is in need of revitalization. His youth, passion, energy, and commitment to the area is what he believes is needed. Change cannot happen unless the fire inside you burns bright.

Keith graduated Herkimer High School in 2007 and went on to Herkimer County Community College where he graduated with an Associate’s Degree in General Studies. From there, he went on to SUNY Oswego, pursuing and attaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication.

Keith intends to work with his fellow Legislators if elected, as well as the people of the County. He wants to enhance the run-down areas of the County, urge the County to not build a New Jail as it is a fiscally irresponsible decision, help vote and plan on measures to bring in new businesses and repair infrastructure, ensure that the arts are revitalized in the area, and work towards making Herkimer County feel like an area to be proud to move, live, and settle down into.

Keith currently resides in Herkimer with his wife, Holly Their “children” are their dog Pepper and two cats; Eevee and Fiona.

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Peter J. Keenan, candidate for Chemung County Legislature         top     

I am the grandson of Grange farmers from Westfield, PA, and the son of a Teamster Local #529 UPS Driver and a RN specialized in Vocational Rehab for Individuals with disabilities. I am the youngest of seven children from an Irish Catholic family from the Southside of Elmira. In 1994, I graduated from the former Southside High School, where I played football and baseball. After, graduation I began my career working in the non-profit human service field.

Over the past 20 years I’ve dedicated my career to different non-profit organizations. I’ve worked with individuals with disabilities to find and maintain employment within their communities. I’ve worked with at-risk youth who had been removed from their homes by DSS. I’ve also been part of the management team for Federal Inmates at a Residential Re-Entry Center, working towards increasing employment and decreasing recidivism. My career has allowed me a glimpse into some of the most marginalized populations. I’ve seen the frustration, desperation, and confusion in people struggling to try to do the right thing without the resources and education to navigate the world successfully.

I am also one of many who have suffered from the effects of ecological devastation. I attended high school at a school built on a contaminated superfund site. The Sperry-Remington Superfund site is home to Elmira High School formerly Southside High School and is designated a CLASS #2 site that possess substantial health risks due to exposure. I, like many of the former students, staff, and teachers, have suffered life altering illnesses as a result of PCB toxicity from the site. We continue to fight for the immediate reclassification of the site to a CLASS #1, the end to students attending class at EHS, and the immediate and complete remediation of the site.

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Deborah Lynch, candidate for Chemung County Legislature         top

My reasons for running are these:

1. I was inspired by my mother Ruth Young, who was a Progressive before it was fashionable, and she taught me how to be an honest leader.
2. Bernie Sanders is a straight up hero and he has asked us, as his supporters, to run.
3. We need honest leadership who believe that climate change is real and his the single most devastating issue on our planet at this time.
4. Wealth and income inequality is pushing us to the Hunger Games.
5. Our Unions are under attack and need to be protected.
6. The Democratic party is in dire need of reform.

I promise to do everything I can to get elected and uphold the NYPAN philosophy.

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Tyler Pribulick, candidate for Horseheads School Board         top

My name is Tyler Pribulick, I am a young concerned citizen of Horseheads and a recent graduate of Horseheads High School who desires transparency and wants to reduce the influence of big money in politics, especially at the School Board level where children are forced to take tests for the profit of test making industries. The priorities of School districts’ budgets can be shifted to help our students and rather than large sports complexes which do nothing for their educational good. Besides, if we are not working for our students, what are we working for? It’s their future and I believe it is long overdue for us to focus on that.

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