PRO-EMERGENCY SERVICES/LAW ENFORCEMENT
As a former firefighter, I understand the dedication and sacrifice made by members of our emergency services community and law enforcement. That is why I have been dismayed by the carefully crafted, media-driven, anti-law enforcement narrative we witnessed during the pandemic. To help counter this dangerous narrative, I launched the 'Hudson Valley Goes Blue in Support of Law Enforcement' initiative. I pledge to continue standing up for law enforcement and our first responder community in Albany and to encourage other public officials to do the same.
Coming from a family of small business owners, I understand the difficulties of starting and owning a business in New York. I started the #HometownHotspot initiative highlighting our small businesses and non-profits to receive feedback on how we can become better partners in government. As we look to continue our efforts in Albany, I vow to expand that open dialogue, advocate for small businesses, and always seek their advice before voting. Further, I will focus my efforts on advancing economic growth by supporting measures that mitigate New York’s burdensome business tax code and stifle bureaucratic overreach.
Many New Yorkers hope to achieve the 'American Dream' of homeownership. However, far too many New Yorkers face financial obstacles, including some of the highest-in-the-nation property taxes. I vow to support legislation, such as property tax relief, that helps New Yorkers overcome barriers to homeownership, especially for first-time homebuyers and our aging population.
SUPPORT LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Albany has a long track record of not being able to effectively govern its own affairs. I believe it is time to change that by working directly with local governments and constituents who know what issues plague their communities better than state lawmakers beholden to the far-left agenda. I have seen firsthand how state policies target local governments and place a financial burden on their budgets. That is why I pledge to advocate for grant funding to offset costs for municipalities and taxpayers across the district. Additionally, I will personally serve as a liaison with state agencies to ensure questions never go unanswered. Lastly, I vow to consult with municipalities before voting on legislation that will impact them.
MAKE NEW YORK SAFE AGAIN
Cashless Bail has turned our criminal justice system upside down. Our state now sympathizes with criminals and repeat offenders over our uniformed heroes while simultaneously placing victims, witnesses, and emergency services at risk of retaliation. Bail reform has stripped away the ability of judges and law enforcement to effectively protect our communities. That is why I vow to support all legislation to repeal cashless bail reform and restore local control to criminal justice. Furthermore, I will oppose any calls to defund the police and advocate for increased funding for law enforcement mental health, training, equipment, and technology. Police officers are our family, neighbors, and friends. Improving police-community relations is paramount to ensuring our communities remain safe.
Unfortunately, the highest levels of government in New York are under one-party rule and too many lawmakers in Albany are beholden to party bosses. The pandemic has proven that Albany needs representatives willing to question the status quo, hold the executive branch accountable, and work with leadership to create a more transparent and inclusive legislative process for New York residents. To achieve this, I pledge to support measures like increasing transparency in the state budget and redistricting process.
RESTORE LOCAL CONTROL TO SCHOOLS
We have seen Albany slowly strip control of public education away from local School Boards, Superintendents, and parents. Throughout the pandemic, the Governor unilaterally decided on what was best for our children. Locally, we advocated for our children and parents during times of uncertainty and lack of communication in schools. We urged state and local officials to repeal indoor mask mandates for students during the unbearable summer heat. In Albany, I will continue to fight for individual/parental rights, oppose Critical Race Theory, and work with colleagues to restore local control to our school system. I will always be an advocate for parents who deserve a say in what their children learn in school.