Who am I?

I grew up, live and am raising my family in the Hudson Valley.

I'm someone who is passionate about community involvement. To that end, I've been active in local Democratic organizations, I'm on the Board of Directors of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence and have spent extensive time - pro bono - as an attorney working with victims of the foreclosure crisis.

A lot of people are fed up with politics. Especially politics in Albany. But while other's throw up their hands, I see opportunity. We need a few more solid leaders in the NY State Senate to pass important legislation to reform government and build a strong middle class. I want to be one of those new voices advocating for change.

Why am I running?

I'm running to represent the Hudson Valley in the New York State Senate because I believe the region needs principled leadership that is focused on job creation and reforming Albany.

Put simply, I think we need to do things differently in Albany.

My Goals

1) Create Jobs - New York's infrastructure and schools are crumbling in many parts of the State. We need to invest in rebuilding New York - both to put people back to work and to lay the foundation for future economic growth.

2) Make New York More Affordable for Middle Class Families - While wages are flat, the cost of living is escalating fast for families in the Hudson Valley for everything from energy costs to tuition costs to local property taxes. We need to bring property tax relief in a progressive manner - this includes a so-called "Circuit Breaker" approach and ensuring that Albany stops passing on costly mandates to local governments.

3) Pass the Women's Equality Agenda - this 10 point plan, which includes protections for reproductive choice, pay equality protections and the strengthening of domestic violence laws, failed by a single vote in the State Senate in 2013. As the father of a young daughter, there is nothing that would make me prouder than being the vote to put this important bill over the top.

My DFA Values

As the candidate, I firmly believe that while campaigns are won by volunteers and organization - the tone, or the values of a campaign, is set by the candidate. And I can promise you that we will run an honest campaign that speaks truth to power. We will draw sharp contrasts with our opponent when he is wrong for families in my district, but we will do so in a way that is ethical and honest. Because in the end, if we are successful, we want the campaign to be the beginning of effecting change in the State Senate.

My Campaign is People Powered!

I'm at an organizer at heart and so this is very important to me. I am in the process of visiting every single local Democratic Committee in my district - some of which are as small as 3 or 4 members. In the 2012 race I ran, we had a very strong volunteer operation and plan on doing the same in 2014. We ran a number of coffees throughout the district, "Java with Justin", that helped engage new voters and potential volunteers.

I know volunteers and volunteer energy win races and we will be committed to that.

Voice support

Supporters:

  • William Ochs, NY
  • Alan Cole, NY
  • Kim Moscaritolo, NY
  • Joyce Blum, NY
  • Brian Pugh, NY
  • Debby Kleinberg, NY
  • Peter Parsons
  • Andrew Levitt
  • Jeffrey Morris, NY
  • Dell Martin, NY
...and 12 more.


About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

If you have questions, or want to let us know about a candidate in your neighborhood, please call us at (802) 651-3200 or email us at [email protected] .

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