Reform Albany 2014

by mole333

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NY State continues to have one of the most dysfunctional legislatures in America. We need better Democrats in office in our Assembly and State Senate. The candidates below are a mix of candidates who are either our best progressives in Albany, are running against vulnerable Republicans, or are running in primaries against IDC Democrats who caucus with the Republicans.



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James Kemmerer

NY-SD-22

Jamie Kemmerer is running against massively corrupt Republican Marty Golden. This is one of our top chances to flip a State Senate seat from Repub to Dem and Kemmerer is already building a strong campaign. I have met Jamie Kemmerer and found him intelligent, articulate, and very much ready to take on the corrupt Marty Golden.

Jamie has been endorsed by NYC Americans for Democratic Action, Democracy for New York City, Brooklyn Young Democrats, Brooklyn-Queens NOW PAC, 504 Democrats (disabled rights), Lambda Independent Democrats, Empire State Pride Agenda, NOW, Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and Jim Owls Democratic Club. This is our next step to making Albany actually functional!

Find out more on Jamie's website: http://jameskemmerer.com/

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Cecilia Tkaczyk

NY-SD-46

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk is running for re-election and has been targeted by the Greedy Oil Party. Her district was gerrymandered to be Republican, yet she managed to win the seat last time around. Now the GOP are trying to get it from her. We need to prevent that. She has been endorsed by League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club, New York State Nurses Association, Planned Parenthood, and MoveOn.org.

Dave Denenberg

NY-SD-08

Nassau County Legislator Dave Denenberg is running for State Senate and has been endorsed by Social Justice PAC, Empire State Pride Agenda, National Organization of Women, New York League of Conservation Voters,Human Rights Campaign, Planned Parenthood Advocates of New York, Naral Pro-Choice, and UAW. I particularly like him because he has a degree in chemical engineering and I do think we need more scientists in elected office.

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Justin Wagner

NY-SD-40

Endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice New York, Communications Workers and Grocery Workers, and the NY Times. Wagner opposes fracking in New York and opposes the proposed extension and expansion of the Algonquin Gas Pipeline. He also supports campaign finance reform.

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Terry Gipson (old)

NY-SD-41

State Senator Terry Gipson is running for re-election and has been endorsed by New York League Of Conservation Voters, AFL-CIO, NARAL Pro-Choice New York and Planned Parenthood Advocates of New York. He opposes the creeping privatization of our public school by the Pearson Corporation, and he co-sponsored the Women's Equality Act.

Marc Panepinto

NY-SD-60

Endorsed by NYSUT, UAW, UFCW Local One, SEIU 32BJ, 1199 SEIU, Laborers Local 210, CWA, National Association of Letter Carriers #3, Local Union 97 IBEW, Western New York Community Action Council Region 9 UAW. Mark is a union organizer. He supports a living wage, the Women's Equality Act, and opposes the creeping privatization of our public schools.

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Jo Anne Simon

NY-HD-52

Jo Anne Simon is running to replace Joan Millman as Assemblymember for the 52nd district (my district).

Jo Anne is a good friend of my family. She is also one of America's leading civil rights lawyers handling disability cases and has won ground breaking decisions in court that have shaped our current civil rights protections for people with disabilities. She has also fought for 10 years to reform politics in Brooklyn and has been one of the strongest reform Democrats from Brooklyn. She wants to take that fight for reform to Albany. She has been endorsed by Joan Millman (the retiring Assemblywoman) as well as state senator Velmanette Montgomery and Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez. She has also been endorsed by Lambda Independent Democrats, Stonewall Democratic Club, Empire State Pride Agenda, and Jim Owls Democratic Club (all LGBT focused clubs) as well as Brooklyn Young Democrats, Brooklyn Heights Democrats for Change, Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats (the club my wife is on the board of), Planned Parenthood, and Brooklyn-Queens NOW PAC.

We won this one big time.

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Zephyr Teachout

NY-Gov

Zephyr Teachout is running against the Republican style incumbent, Cuomo. Cuomo is a conservative, pro-fracking, thuggish hack and anger at him has fueled support for Ms. Teachout. However, I have met her and she is smart, good, and liberal. She has been endorsed by the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club (LGBT), NYS National Organization for Women, The Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Yonkers Fire Fighters, Buffalo Teachers Federation, and many others. There are also many who have refused to endorse because they do not like Cuomo but are too afraid of him to outright endorse Ms. Teachout. Even the NY Times has ruled out endorsing Cuomo, though they have not yet actually endorsed Zephyr.

We lost this one but made a good showing.

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Tim Wu

NY-Lt Gov

Tim Wu is running for Lt. Governor. He is the inventor of the term "Net Neutrality" and has been one of the biggest fighter for freedom of the Internet.

We lost this one but made a good showing.

Felix Ortiz

NY-HD-51

Felix Ortiz is a bit of an entrenched incumbent, but he has done an excellent job of leading on solid, old school liberal values and representing his district. He has been endorsed by Jim Brennan and Joan Millman, fellow Assembly members I know personally and respect as intelligent and proudly liberal elected officials. He has also been endorsed by the Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats, the Muslim Democratic Club of NY, and the NY League of Conservation Voters.

We won this one.

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John Liu

NY-SD-11

John is a good friend of my family and one of the most progressive candidates I know. He also was by far the best, most effective NYC Comptroller we have had. Pro-union, environmentally aware and active, and approaching office with a background in mathematical physics as well as in finance.

John is running against Tony Avella, a new member of the IDC Democrats who caucus with the Republicans, blocking progress in Albany. John Liu has already been endorsed by Daily Kos, Brooklyn-Queens NOW PAC, Stonewall Democrats, the Amsterdam News, the New York City Coalition of Operating Engineers, the Muslim Democratic Club of NY, and the Hotel Trades Council.

We lost this one.

Dell Smitherman

NY-SD-19

Dell Smitherman is challenging a corrupt machine Democrat, John Sampson. This is less about defeating the Republicans and their IDC enablers and more about cleaning up corruption. Dell has been endorsed by Brooklyn Young Democrats, Amsterdam News, NY League of Conservation Voters, Stonewall Democrats and Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club.

We lost this one.

Velmanette Montgomery

NY-SD-25

Velmanette is my favorite State Senator. A staunch and old-school progressive who focuses on real fundamental issues. She has been one of the few outspoken advocates for fact-based sex ed in public schools. She has been an advocate for low income housing and increases in minimum wage. Supporting her shows the local Democrats that reform and liberal values carry weight among voters. This was uncontested.

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Gustavo Rivera

NY-SD-33

Gusatvo has been endorsed by NY State United Teachers, the NY League of Conservation Voters, Stonewall Democrats, Empire State Pride Agenda, and the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club.

We won this one.

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Oliver Koppell

NY-SD-34

Oliver Koppell is challenging, Jeff Klein, one of the founders of the IDC Democrats who caucus with the Republicans, blocking progress in Albany. If we can elect Oliver Koppell and John Liu, we can break the IDC-Republican alliance.

We lost this one.

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