CYNTHIA NIXON for Governor
TOM DINAPOLI for NYS Comptroller
LIUBA GRECHEN SHIRLEY for the U.S. House of Representatives in NY-02
JOSH SAUBERMAN for the U.S. House of Representatives in NY-03
PATRICK NELSON for the U.S. House of Representatives in NY-21
IAN GOLDEN for the U.S. House of Representatives in NY-23
DANA BALTER for the U.S. House of Representatives in NY-24
ROBIN WILT for the U.S. House of Representatives in NY-25
ANDREW GROVER for the NYS Senate in District 6
BRAD SCHWARZ for the NYS Senate in District 7
JESSICA RAMOS for the NYS Senate in District 13
ZELLNOR MYRIE for the NYS Senate in District 20
JASMINE ROBINSON for the NYS Senate in District 23
ALESSANDRA BIAGGI for the NYS Senate in District 34
JULIE GOLDBERG for the NYS Senate in District 38
ROBERT KESTEN for the NYS Senate in District 40
PAT STRONG for the NYS Senate in District 46
RACHEL MAY for the NYS Senate in District 53
CHRISTINE PELLEGRINO for the NYS Assembly in District 9
HARVEY EPSTEIN for the NYS Assembly in District 74
PETER J. KEENAN for Chemung County Legislator
DEBORAH LYNCH for Chemung County Legislator
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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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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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Josh Sauberman, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in NY-03         top

I have decided to run for Congress to help write a new prescription for all that ails our country, and to help America return to the same ethos that carried us through depression and global conflict to mold us into the great nation we are today.

As a teenager with parents in poor health, I assumed the roles and responsibilities of being a parent to my five younger siblings while attending Fordham University, where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Psychology. During my time at university, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work as an intern at the United Nations. As an information analyst, I prepared analyses of Arabic- and French-language media coverage for Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s weekly press briefing. This internship eventually led to a career as a policy analyst, where I honed my analytical skills to help find new solutions to problems brought before the Security Council ranging from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to war in Darfur. I have since traveled to 83 more countries across six continents and learned a dozen languages to varying degrees of proficiency.

New York’s Third Congressional District deserves a representative who will not only listen to your needs, but will also fight to address your concerns. From my first day as your Congressman, I will work diligently and steadfastly to achieve much-needed reforms, so elected representatives are once again beholden to their constituents, and not monied interests. I will also place emphasis on these essential issues for Queens and Long Island families.

  • Ensure health care becomes an inalienable right for all Americans
  • Create new opportunities to bring better-paying jobs to Queens and Long Island, and grow our region’s tax base
  • Push for a significant increase in funding for our public schools and higher education institutions
  • Promote substantial infrastructure investments that will improve our environment and address the challenges of climate change

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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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Robin Wilt, candidate for Congress from NY-25         top

Robin Wilt is a native to the Rochester area who has lived in Brighton since 2003.

I have spent my entire adult life advocating for grassroots involvement and political engagement. In my role on the Brighton Town Board, I consistently offer a diversity of perspective that aligns with our community’s core values of education, equity and environmental justice. Accomplishments to date include:

  • Initiated the adoption of gender neutral language in all Town communications.
  • Established the IDEA Committee (Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Advisory), which focuses on the needs of our increasingly diverse community.
  • Re-established Brighton’s Environmental and Beautification Committee to support recycling, and other new and existing work being done by community groups.
  • Coordinated feedback for the state DOT in regard to improving plans for traffic routing and bike lanes.
  • Sponsored Community Choice Aggregation, which will enable the Town to procure energy services on behalf of its residents, lowering prices and enabling 100% renewable sourcing.

Early on, I learned the value of hard work from my parents, both health care professionals who immigrated from Guyana, South America. My core values are those of inclusion, equity and social justice. I believe in transparent governance and maximizing access to and participation in the democratic process.

As a first-generation American, I realize that my parents, through access to educational and economic opportunity, were able to afford their children what can only be described as the American Dream. My primary goal in running for Congress is to ensure that access to the American Dream is not foreclosed to future generations; that our nation remains a beacon of economic prosperity and opportunity for the world, and that we continue to aspire to be a country that believes that the differences that divide us are less significant than the fundamental similarities that bring us together in the spirit of cooperation.

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Andrew Grover, candidate for NYS Senate from District 6         top

I grew up in Massapequa, a shy, quiet kid. My mom and dad struggled, but managed to buy a house and raise 7 kids on one working class income. From the time they got married in the early 50s, until I came of age in the early 80s, Long Island was a place where that was possible.

I worked for a number of years as a mason, then got a job as manager at a small design/build firm in Manhattan, which built and renovated fireplaces. I met my partner, Ricardo, around the same time. We bought and renovated a co-op apartment in the East Village, where I served for several years as president of our co-op board. In 2011, I started my own fireplace business, an experience that has taught me first hand how tough it is to be a small business owner in today’s economy.

Concurrent with these events in my life, my political awareness began to grow during the run-up to the Iraq war. Since that time I have had ever increasing concerns about the moral, economic, and environmental implications of what has turned out to be a 17 year war marathon with no end in sight. Until the last few years, the majority of my political involvement had centered on the environmental and peace movements. I still strongly believe that issues of war and environmental degradation are most central to our current states of malaise and crisis as a society.

​In 2013 we sold our apartment, and used the proceeds to rebuild mom and dad’s house. We built an apartment upstairs, and moved back to Massapequa to help take care of them, and relieve them of the financial burden of maintaining the house. My parents had managed to hang onto their house up to that time by working until they were both almost 80. Their hard-earned Social Security and Medicare benefits were not nearly enough to keep them in the home they had shared since 1953.

I’m running for New York State Senate because I believe we need a fundamental change in the leadership of our State, and our country, and to champion the right of every citizen to comprehensive health care. I’ll fight to make Long Island a place where working people can once again afford to own a home and raise a family; a place where the next generation can stay, and be confident of a bright future and a good standard of living. ​

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Brad Schwarz, candidate for NYS State Senate from District 7         top

Brad Schwartz is a native New Yorker running as a Democratic candidate for NY State Senate in the 7th District in Nassau County, Long Island where he was born and raised. Brad attended college at Wesleyan University and received a Master’s degree from the world-renowned American Film Institute [AFI] Conservatory. Following graduate school, Brad enjoyed a successful career as a Television Editor & Producer on Emmy-winning programming and documentaries. Through his professional experience, Brad honed a diverse set of skills strongly-suited for the demands of campaigning and legislating – including team building, negotiating, securing financing, delivering strict budgets and deadlines and crafting concise ways to target and engage audience attention via media.

However, it was Brad’s personal battle with a devastating illness that shaped him most as a candidate. Having suffered a disease that went improperly diagnosed for a decade, and which ultimately left him bedridden for many years, Brad experienced first-hand all that is wrong with medical insurance industry. Fortunately, he made full recovery thanks to the support of his family who pitched-in to help with the exorbitant medical expenses. Now he is determined to fight for statewide single-payer to ensure nobody in New York ever has to choose between getting better or going broke.

Brad is a strong proponent of passing legislation including the New York Health Act, GENDA, Child Victims Act, Climate and Communities Protection Act, NY DREAM Act, early voting and automatic voter registration, campaign finance reform, funding for public education, criminal justice reform, racial & social justice, and fighting income inequality.
Brad’s race for district 7 is considered the top swing seat in the New York State Senate. His victory would flip the State Senate blue, thereby delivering Albany into the national coalition of resistance.

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Jessica Ramos, candidate for NYS Senate from District 13         top

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

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

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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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

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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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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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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