Making Our Community More Affordable for All
I know how hard it is for our middle class families to balance their checkbooks and keep up with the laundry list of New York taxes and fees, which is why I have fought tirelessly for real reductions. My goal is to make New York a place where people want to live, not one they want to leave—and that starts with lower taxes. I want our community to be a place where our young people can afford to start a family and our seniors can afford to stay and enjoy the lives they worked so hard to build.
That’s why as your representative, I kept my promise to secure major personal income tax cuts and provide real property tax relief to local homeowners. While these are critical steps forward, one-party rule in Albany is threatening to undo that progress, as out-of-touch New York City politicians continuously try to implement new taxes and fees on everything from internet purchases to prescription medications. I voted ‘no’ on every new tax proposal, and I won’t stop fighting to ensure the voices of New York’s hard-working taxpayers are heard.
Rebuilding Our Community and Our State
To rebuild in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we need innovative leaders with the life experience necessary to make a difference. I know what it’s like to be a single mom working paycheck to paycheck, struggling to make ends. I built my own small business from the ground up and navigated it successfully through a painful recession. That’s why I’ll never vote on legislation just because it ‘sounds good’ without knowing exactly how it’ll impact our hardworking neighbors.
Now, more than ever, we need leaders who know we won’t be able to tax our way out of the problems the pandemic has created. That’s why I’ll be pushing the state to cut wasteful spending and invest instead in initiatives that move our community forward:
- Investing in an innovative workforce where workers of all ages can thrive;
- Increasing access to affordable childcare so more parents can safely return to work;
- Expanding affordable, reliable broadband service;
- Bolstering industries that make the Hudson Valley unique like food service and entertainment; and
- Incentivizing job training in the trades and in fields where the pandemic has exposed shortages like homecare.
Aging with Dignity
Our seniors have dedicated their lives to building the communities that we know and love today, and we have a responsibility to ensure that they have the resources they need to enjoy their golden years and to be able to age with dignity.
That’s why I’ve successfully fought to increase funding for services our seniors depend on and for programs that reduce prescription drug costs, support Alzheimer’s disease research and programming, combat elder abuse, and support caregivers who help our seniors age in place safely in the homes they know and love.
The COVID-19 pandemic made our seniors particularly vulnerable, which is why I spent countless hours delivering masks, making check-in phone calls and delivering goods to seniors across our community.
Protecting NY Nursing Home Residents
When the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged New York’s nursing homes—putting seniors and vulnerable New Yorkers at risk—I was the first to stand up, speak out and fight. And I’m not going to stop.
Throughout this time, I have advocated for:
- Increased resources for nursing home residents and staff;
- Rapid testing at facilities so loved ones can safely reunite;
- Accountability for the March 25th order that forced COVID-positive patients into vulnerable facilities;
- A bipartisan, independent investigation into the state’s response; and
- A better action plan to keep COVID-19 out of vulnerable facilities and to keep residents safe.
Putting Public Safety First
One-party-rule in Albany has emboldened criminals and put them ahead of law-abiding citizens time and again. That hasn’t stopped me from standing up against policies that make our communities less safe, like efforts to defund community law enforcement and the disastrous new bail laws that have put hardened criminals back onto our streets.
As a mom, a neighbor, and as your State Senator, I will always put public health and safety first.
Combating the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic
The heroin and opioid epidemic has devastated far too many Hudson Valley families, which is why combating it has been among my top priorities. I am proud to have helped secure unprecedented funding to combat the epidemic and to pass laws that take a more holistic approach to the issue, focusing not only on taking dangerous drug dealers off our streets, but empowering New Yorkers by expanding education, prevention, treatment and recovery initiatives.
While we have made tremendous progress, the COVID-19 pandemic has threatened to take us backwards in this fight, but I won’t stop fighting to ensure the state continues to make it a top priority.
Taking on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases
Almost everyone knows someone in the Hudson Valley who suffers from Lyme and tick-borne diseases (TBDs). As the mother of a son who has suffered from its debilitating symptoms, I understand the frustration and the anxiety that come along with the disease first-hand, and I know that two many in our community felt ignored by government for far too long when it came to this important issue.
I have made it my mission to bring Lyme disease awareness to the mainstream, focusing on initiatives and sponsoring bills aimed at bolstering research, education and prevention initiatives and expanding insurance coverage for patients. While I’m proud to have secured historic funding to combat these dangerous diseases, one-party control in Albany has threatened to undo our critical progress. Out-of-touch New York City politicians have cut funding for research and prevention initiatives since they gained power in the Capitol, but I won’t stop fighting to ensure this issue gets the attention it deserves.
Restoring Faith in Government
I went to Albany to shake things up, and that started with taking on Albany’s culture of corruption that was hurting our communities. That’s why one of the first things that I did was pass a series of reforms that set limits on the length of time members of the Senate can serve in leadership positions.
I have been vocal about my support for term limits and about stripping corrupt officials of their taxpayer-funded pensions. I have pushed for legislation that would increase the penalty for those who try to avoid laws that are meant to keep campaigns open and honest, and I have sponsored legislation that would increase transparency in government spending to ensure that money is kept out of the pockets of dirty politicians. Our government belongs to the people of New York, not to power-hungry politicians. When it comes to doing what’s right, I won’t back down.
Helping You Keep the Healthcare You Trust
Access to affordable healthcare has never been more important and that’s why I refuse to support a plan being pushed in Albany that would put politicians in charge of your healthcare, increase taxes by almost 200%, threaten quality of care, threaten union-negotiated health plans and strip seniors of Medicare coverage.
Instead, we need to double down on efforts to reduce healthcare costs and that starts by cutting the taxes NY puts on our health insurance plans.
Improving Access to Mental Health Care
Quality healthcare must also include access to affordable mental healthcare. Having lost my brother to suicide, I know that increasing access to mental healthcare must be among our top priorities as we rebuild in the wake of the pandemic. We’ve made tremendous progress in reducing the stigma, and I’m proud to have secured funding to support effective initiatives like the Dutchess County Stabilization Center and Vet2Vet veterans peer support program. While we must reduce costs, we also must ensure residents know exactly where to turn for help, and I won’t stop initiating the tough conversations required to raise awareness.