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+ CREATE jobs so our children can find opportunities in Upstate New York.
Our children need to be able to find jobs in upstate New York if they choose to stay or return. We must support the small businesses that are the real drivers of the upstate economy. Those of us who attend the chamber breakfasts, hire the parents who are returning to work, and give first jobs to young people need to know that our work as job creators is valued.
+ FIGHT the opioid epidemic by supporting programs that battle addiction.
Pat will advocate for programs that support those battling addiction and resources that disrupt easy access to opioids in upstate New York. I endorse the plan to remove prior authorization requirements for treatment and expand coverage and access to naloxone. Hospitals should be able to offer more opioid detox services and supports the New York State Department of Health’s decision to waive the need for hospitals to receive state certification to run a detox unit.
+ STAND UP FOR TAXPAYERS who have been overburdened for far too long.
Pat believes we need to help New Yorkers navigate the effects of the federal tax overhaul, much of which will fall disproportionately on the middle class, after high income New Yorkers vote with their feet. We must pay for overdue investments in infrastructure and needed services, but our state’s dubious distinction as one of the highest-tax states continues to cause outmigration. The property tax cap is a struggle for local governments but it brings needed relief to homeowners. We can and must do more, especially for seniors.
Congressional action to eliminate the deductibility of state and local taxes is projected to cost New York taxpayers $14 billion at a time when programs, particularly health care, are suffering devastating cuts. New Yorkers send $48 billion more to Washington than we receive from the federal government in services.
+ PROTECT UPSTATE’S NATURAL RESOURCES and family farms.
Pat has worked with homeowners, businesses and local governments since 2003 to harden their resilience against disastrous weather events by helping them install renewable energy and improve energy efficiency. She supports the Climate and Community Protection Act, which will put real teeth into the state’s goals for greenhouse gas emission reductions. Jobs in the energy sector are on the upswing, and Pat believes our schools should expose students to these careers starting at an early age. We must continue training mid-career workers for these newer career paths. Environmental justice protections for vulnerable communities dealing with the toxic effects of pollution need to be strengthened. Our drinking water supplies must be safeguarded; a Hoosick Falls/Newburgh-type crisis must never happen again and Pat will fight to make sure of it.
+ SECURE THE FUNDS TO ENSURE OUR SCHOOLS have all the resources they need.
Zip codes should not determine the quality of education our children receive. Pat wants to strengthen local control of our schools and especially connections between schools and employers. She supports alternatives for students who learn differently, such as PTECH. She believes that restorative justice programs can begin to disrupt the school to prison pipeline, such as the landmark program now under way in Ulster County thanks to County Executive Mike Hein. Ultimately, Pat believes we need to change the way schools are funded. Many rural and urban schools are underfunded, with school districts expected to now contribute 60 percent of the funding, while the state pays only 40 percent.