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As we take stock of our state and nation, just before an election where every member of the US House of Representatives will be elected, along with 1/3 of the US Senate and the entirety of the NYS Senate and Assembly, as well as New York's governor, Lt governor, Attorney General and Comptroller...this is the moment to seriously consider why we vote and who we will be voting for.
What is it we want from government and even more importantly, what does the nation stand for? When I think of the Capital dome, when I think of the flag, the Statue of Liberty...what comes to mind? What do I want this nation to be, and who is most likely to get me there. These last few weeks are indeed important and each of us owes it to ourselves and those we love most dearly to vote...but not to vote blindly, but with purpose. Here are words spoken well over 100 years ago by Abraham Lincoln, when still a young man. They resonate today as they did when first spoken.

"I know the American People are much attached to their Government;--I know they would suffer much for its sake;--I know they would endure evils long and patiently, before they would ever think of exchanging it for another. Yet, notwithstanding all this, if the laws be continually despised and disregarded, if their rights to be secure in their persons and property, are held by no better tenure than the caprice of a mob, the alienation of their affections from the Government is the natural consequence; and to that, sooner or later, it must come.
Here then, is one point at which danger may be expected.
The question recurs, "how shall we fortify against it?" The answer is simple. Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others. As the patriots of seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration of Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and Laws, let every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor;--let every man remember that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the character of his own, and his children's liberty. Let reverence for the laws, be breathed by every American mother, to the lisping babe, that prattles on her lap--let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in Primers, spelling books, and in Almanacs;--let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation; and let the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the grave and the gay, of all sexes and tongues, and colors and conditions, sacrifice unceasingly upon its altars." Abraham Lincoln
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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.
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To the Jewish Community in and out of SD40, an easy fast and then apples and honey. ... See MoreSee Less

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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.
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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.
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Just 3 more hours until the polls close. Be sure to get out and vote! ... See MoreSee Less

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