May 17th, 2018: Strong Supporters: News and Events from the State Senate Campaign

Hi Friend,

I was honored to appear on the May 11 edition of Spectrum News’ Capital Tonight, where Liz Benjamin and I had a great conversation about such topics as education finance, #MeToo, local infrastructure issues, the impact of legislation on small businesses, and much more. Liz definitely asks some thought-provoking questions, which made for a lively and substantive discussion.  In case you missed the original airing, you can see the entire interview here. 

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What's Happening

  At the Hudson Valley Blue Wave rally with Ulster County Executive Mike Hein and Vote Pat Strong intern Kira Milgrim in Kingston last Sunday. It was exciting to see how many people came to the Kingston Midtown Neighborhood Center to support the Democratic agenda of advancing critical social and economic policies to improve the lives of New Yorkers.

At the Hudson Valley Blue Wave rally with Ulster County Executive Mike Hein and Vote Pat Strong intern Kira Milgrim in Kingston last Sunday. It was exciting to see how many people came to the Kingston Midtown Neighborhood Center to support the Democratic agenda of advancing critical social and economic policies to improve the lives of New Yorkers.

  After navigating a dozen scenic back roads, I arrived at Albany County's stunning Octagon Barn in Berne and was greeted by a friendly group of activists who are fired up about this year's election season. A big thank you to Amy Pokorny, Michael Hammond, Marie and Nick Viscio, Dee Woessner, Tara Murphy and Fran Porter for coming out on a beautiful evening to discuss the issues and learn about my state senate campaign. I'll be back!

After navigating a dozen scenic back roads, I arrived at Albany County's stunning Octagon Barn in Berne and was greeted by a friendly group of activists who are fired up about this year's election season. A big thank you to Amy Pokorny, Michael Hammond, Marie and Nick Viscio, Dee Woessner, Tara Murphy and Fran Porter for coming out on a beautiful evening to discuss the issues and learn about my state senate campaign. I'll be back!


It’s Almost Petition Time!

This June and early July, Democratic Town Committee members will be canvassing voters to sign my petition so that I can get on the November ballot (there is no primary). In addition, members of the Working Families Party and Women’s Equality Party will be carrying petitions so that I can appear on those ballot lines, as well. If you’re a member of one of those three parties, or a notary public, and would like to carry petitions for me, please contact Dustin Reidy at dustin@votepatstrong.com. And if you’d simply like to sign my petition, you can shoot Dustin an email, as well.


Meet & Greet

Please join my gracious hosts Matt and Zoey Dunn, Lynn Eckert, and Jeffrey Ventura-Morel on Sunday, May 27 for a fundraising reception in support of my candidacy.  Read More »


Assemblyman Santabarbara Introduces New Bill for Early Screening for Autism

Here’s an issue I’d very much like to tackle in the New York State Senate.

  From left, Jeff Stark, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, Michael Santabarbara and Bob Purtell. 

From left, Jeff Stark, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, Michael Santabarbara and Bob Purtell. 

The latest report recently released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control now shows that about 1 in 59 U.S. children are now being diagnosed with autism, up from 1 in 68 in 2012. The numbers have more than doubled since 2000. The data also revealed that as autism rates continue to climb a majority of children are not diagnosed until after the age of four and therefore are not receiving the early intervention services available in New York State that can have a positive impact on their development. Read More »


Let’s Close the LLC Loophole that Enables Influence Peddling

As a candidate, I'm becoming very familiar with the challenges of fundraising. The LLC loophole is a key example of the corrosive effects of money in politics. I'm looking forward to working on a 'fix' for this practice when elected to the State Senate. I need signatures from 1000 registered democrats, so please add your name and support our work. 

For nearly 200 years – from our country’s founding to 1974 – corporations were banned from making political campaign contributions. In less than 40 years, that has changed for the worse. I support bills currently under review to improve campaign finance transparency, and add LLCs to the $5,000 contribution limit for corporations. Read More »