As we begin the switch from campaign to nonprofit, I will continue listening to the people of this district. I’m hoping, if we get the support, to restart our town hall meetings and offer opportunities for people to voice concerns on things touching their lives. We will be able to address things honestly, as there will be no other agenda. We can take on tough issues because we need to do this for the sake of our communities. Last night I attended the Indian Point Task Force meeting. Too many elephants in the room that are swept under the rug. Indian Point and the AIM Pipeline are not going away and the politics has to be taken out of the discussion. It is something I hope to address again soon. ... See MoreSee Less
Over the course of the campaign I talked about our efforts to build coalitions around the key issues facing New Yorkers. I said we would start in SD40 and by January 2019, have coalitions in each of the 63 NYS Senate Districts...with a goal of being heard over the politics on what matters to real people. I remain committed to that goal, a nonprofit organization already exists to take on this great responsibility, and I will dedicate the same hours and days to building this as I did to campaigning. This effort will be nonpartisan, all are welcome to join us. This is about building coalitions to force issues to the floor of the State Senate for a vote, encourage the Assembly to maintain its independence from the executive branch, hold the executive accountable and make sure, above all, that the people are heard...even in the historic "three men in a room", until we can knock that door down, letting the citizens in! We will soon turn this page over to the new organization, so if you are interested, please stay...and encourage New Yorkers from all over the state to join us. This, I hope, will be a prototype for a national effort in the year to come.
As pledged, I encourage all to vote in November and defeat Terrence Murphy, whose staff continues to use the politics of anger and fear, character assassination and misrepresentation as their only campaign tactic. The good thing is, this lost them the county executive seat and made them uncompetitive in the 37th Senate Seat...it cost them the town supervisor seat in Yorktown and offices in many towns across the region. We even have brilliant new elected officials in Putnam because of their behavior. So, let's make political discourse about the issues, let's put people over politics and let's send Terrence Murphy home. ... See MoreSee Less
For a year I waged a campaign, not to be a state senator, but to give voice to people who are ignored and silenced by a system controlled by the few at the expense of the rest of us. I never thought of this as "my" campaign, but one that belonged to the many who believe that we can make a difference and that it is our obligation to challenge authority and hold our officials and ourselves responsible for the world as it is, understanding we can make it better. Our efforts have inspired thousands of people and we have done this with no support from big donors or power brokers. The team that came together, volunteers and professionals, became a family, friends for life and marchers who will stop at nothing to bring about significant change in our communities, state and nation. This campaign is just the start of our efforts, as we will not be silenced on the issues we believe in. There are pipelines to stop, reproductive healthcare to ensure, healthcare for all and the elimination of gun violence for starters. We are a team that believes in the dignity of people and on these issues the gauntlet has been thrown. Thank you to all who joined me in this year, I hope you will continue to walk along side me as we move to make significant changes in our world. Pete Harckham will have the responsibility of taking on Terrence Murphy in the weeks ahead. We all want to see the seat change hands, and must work toward that goal. It is not an either or on this, we will continue our mission pushing for change at every level of government. I know those who share this dream will continue to work towards meaningful change...and I thank each and everyone of you for that. ... See MoreSee Less
Earlier today, after greeting commuters at the Pleasantville Train Station, I went with my son and husband to cast my vote for #PeopleOverPolitics to make for a better District 40 and a better New York State. ... See MoreSee Less
We are READY. By 9am this morning, our team had already dropped off thousands of postcards to remind people to vote and greeted hundreds of people at six different train stations across the district. We have volunteers out knocking doors as we speak, and phone calls are being made at the office and from the homes of many volunteers all day long. Our team knows how to put in the work. That’s what it’s going to take to beat Terrence Murphy and we are more than ready to get it done. ... See MoreSee Less
Today is the day! We have the opportunity to send a real message to Albany. Voters are sick of the status quo. It's time to pass legislation that benefits ALL New Yorkers. A vote for Robert Kesten is a vote to put #PeopleOverPolitics. See you at the polls! ... See MoreSee Less