Balance of Power in a Post-2016 World

by Robert Kesten Many Americans grew up believing that a single party in control of all branches of government would not serve the people. That certainly seems true in Washington, DC, today. But across the nation there are only 4 states where the legislatures are...

Time’s Up, Big Money

Big/Dark Money Should Not Corrupt our Political System by Robert Kesten Our campaign has not and will not take any corporate PAC money. Nor have we taken the Big/Dark money associated with Charter Schools/Hedge Fund donors or large developers. Many of those groups...

All Our Families Are Vulnerable

by Robert Kesten It’s A Small World After All Sitting recently in a large meeting room in Washington, DC, with 435 candidates and officeholders from across the nation, it quickly became apparent that we shared many of the same issues and concerns. The growing crisis...

Kochs and Mercers and Trumps, Oh My!

We don’t want Mercer engagement in our community, we don’t want dark money polluting our political process, and we don’t want our elected officials in the pocket of billionaire hedge fund operators who don’t have our interests at heart. Let’s get them out of politics, get them out of the 40th Senate District, and return our political process to the people of this great state and region. 

You Can’t Call for Repeal and Claim to be for Gun Safety

by Robert Kesten On that Thursday, when shots rang out in Florida, I was substitute teaching at Fox Lane High School. As I dismissed my last class, the news came through on my phone. As I passed the school’s resource officer in the hallway, I was overly aware of just...

A Bridge to Nowhere, hey we did that already!

Who Doesn’t Want Their Taxes Cut? People are being squeezed out of their homes as property taxes increase, leaving many property rich, but cash poor. With changes in federal tax law, our homes are losing value and as interest rates rise our monthly costs increase. The...

On MLK Day, Remembering 1968

1968 was a year of turmoil, the assassinations of both the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr and Robert F. Kennedy. Many Americans felt like it was the end of something, as if we were on a downward spiral. We certainly were left questioning our values and what the...

We Are All Just One Illness Away

With the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the line in the US Congress, New York’s legislature has a responsibility to its citizens to be proactive and prepared, ensuring that every New Yorker has access to healthcare. With the ACA, millions of our fellow citizens had...