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2018 Elections

Federal

US Senate
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is a proud New York Democrat. She is running a grassroots campaign to fix our economy and improve life for the middle class and working families across New York. Kirsten remains committed to bringing her grassroots campaign to every New Yorker and working tirelessly on behalf of the Empire State. read more »

US House - (NY-01)

Perry Gershon is not a career politician. He’s a successful businessman who is disturbed by a Washington political class that cares more about themselves than the American people. Outraged by Congressman Lee Zeldin’s agenda, including his vote to dismantle health care protections for millions of Americans, Perry decided to do something about it – leave the private sector and run as a Democratic candidate for New York’s 1st Congressional District. read more »

US House - (NY-03)

Tom Suozzi, a CPA and attorney, has served as mayor of his hometown, Glen Cove, NY from 1994-2001 and as Nassau County Executive from 2002-2009. Prior to Suozzi taking office, Nassau County was on the brink of bankruptcy and declared the “worst run county in America” by the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Suozzi successfully steered Nassau back from financial collapse and restored it to fiscal stability. In 2005, he was honored as Governing Magazine’s “Public Official of the Year.” read more »

NYS Executive Branch

Governor of New York State

Throughout his life, Andrew Cuomo has been a forceful voice for change in New York. His lifelong commitment to hard work, public service, and the people he serves has led to Andrew's recognition as a true innovator and a principled and determined leader. read more »

Lieutenant Governor of NY

Former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul enthusiastically accepted Governor Cuomo’s call to return to public service by running as his choice for Lt. Governor. She is currently traveling across New York, listening to the concerns of citizens, elected officials, small business owners and farmers. Once elected, Kathy plans to focus her attention on continuing the success of the Governor and work with the Regional Economic Development Councils to attract and retain business to create much-needed jobs, and address the skills gap to ensure our citizens, particularly in pockets of poverty, have access to the higher-paying jobs.  read more »

NYS Attorney General

Tish James is currently serving in her second term as the Public Advocate for the City of New York. She is the first woman of color to hold Citywide office in New York City. As Public Advocate, she serves as a watchdog over New York City government agencies, and an advocate and lawyer for the City’s most vulnerable and disenfranchised communities. As Public Advocate, Tish has transformed the office to be a real engine of reform and progress. Her office as handled over 32,000 constituent complaints and passed more legislation than all previous Public Advocates combined, including groundbreaking legislation that bans questions about salary history from the employment process to address the pervasive gender wage gap. read more »

NYS Comptroller

On February 7, 2007, Thomas P. DiNapoli was sworn in as the 54th Comptroller of the State of New York. Since taking office, Tom has fought to protect taxpayers -- aggressively identifying government waste, holding public and private institutions accountable, and working to restore the public’s trust in the Comptroller’s office. read more »

NYS Senate

NYS Senate - 2nd SD

A lifelong Long Islander, Kathleen A. Cleary grew up in Massapequa Park and currently resides in East Northport with her husband and teenage daughter. She holds a degree in business administration from Adelphi and, more recently, earned a degree in horticulture technology management from Farmingdale State College in 2016. Today, she serves as a horticulturist for Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River, where she manages grant research and applications, along with native plantings. read more »

NYS Senate - 5th SD

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. read more »

NYS Assembly

NYS Assembly - District 8

Too many of our children are dying from opioids. As the father of a young man who died from chronic heroin and cocaine use, I have come to learn that we can do better. Albany should be leading the way for the nation in ending the negative public perceptions of people with substance use disorder. Long Island should be getting its fair share of resources instead of contributing so much more than it gets back. We need Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid dependency, including well-managed prescribing of Naltrexone and Buprenorphine, evidence-based treatments that saves lives. We should remove barriers to these life-saving treatments and get opioid users into effective treatment in New York State read more »

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