May 31st, 2018: Strong for State Senate: Petitions, Protests and Post Card Parties with Pat

Hi Friend,

I'm honored to have received formal endorsements as your candidate for NY Senate District 46! A sincere thank you to the Ulster, Montgomery, Albany and Schenectady county Democratic committees. Looking forward to the Greene County endorsement meeting soon!

  Thank you, Kingston Mayor Steve Noble for endorsing me at the Democratic endorsement convention on May 21st. I connected with Steve and his son, Matthew, at the Memorial Day observance at City Hall on Monday.

Thank you, Kingston Mayor Steve Noble for endorsing me at the Democratic endorsement convention on May 21st. I connected with Steve and his son, Matthew, at the Memorial Day observance at City Hall on Monday.

What's Happening

  We're going to have another  postcard party on     June 4 .   Thank you Gretchen Primack, Jessica Barry and everyone who came out for a postcard party in Hurley to support my State Senate campaign. Creative messaging from a group of dedicated advocates for social change! We're letting voters know about the Nov. 6 race, which will be a turning point in the fight for affordable health care, fair and equitable school funding, women's reproductive rights and much more.   READ MORE

We're going to have another postcard party on June 4. Thank you Gretchen Primack, Jessica Barry and everyone who came out for a postcard party in Hurley to support my State Senate campaign. Creative messaging from a group of dedicated advocates for social change! We're letting voters know about the Nov. 6 race, which will be a turning point in the fight for affordable health care, fair and equitable school funding, women's reproductive rights and much more. READ MORE

  Graphic created by   Schenectady Federation of Teachers     Senator George Amedore is among those stonewalling the passage of S.8301, a bill introduced by Senate Education Chair Carl Marcellino (R) to decouple teacher evaluations from student performance on standardized tests. The Senate should bring this important bill to the floor for a vote, and George Amedore is doing nothing to make that happen. The Schenectady Federation of Teachers and NUSUT Mid-Hudson Regional office are hosting a rally at Senator Amedore's district office on Friday, June 1 at 4:00 PM.   Join us there   and help us improve the educational process for students and teachers alike. 

Graphic created by Schenectady Federation of Teachers

Senator George Amedore is among those stonewalling the passage of S.8301, a bill introduced by Senate Education Chair Carl Marcellino (R) to decouple teacher evaluations from student performance on standardized tests. The Senate should bring this important bill to the floor for a vote, and George Amedore is doing nothing to make that happen. The Schenectady Federation of Teachers and NUSUT Mid-Hudson Regional office are hosting a rally at Senator Amedore's district office on Friday, June 1 at 4:00 PM. Join us there and help us improve the educational process for students and teachers alike. 

 Congratulations to Jonathan Gross and the Mountaintop Progressives of Greene County for an excellent forum on the opioid epidemic at Windham Civic Center. We heard from three parents who had lost their children to this epidemic, and from six experts in the field, including three people in long term recovery. Key takeaways included:  1. Law enforcement can't stem the tide of this particular epidemic, thus we can't arrest our way out of it.  2. NarCan has jumped from $4 to $45 per dose, and there is no good reason for it.  3. For people to succeed in recovery, support that goes well past the typical 28-day program is essential.  4. Certain insurance regs continue to undermine providers' work, such as the requirement that a person seeking help must be actively in physical distress before insurance will cover their admission to treatment.  5. Funding comes from the federal and state governments for "new shiny objects" like new approaches to treatment, many of which don't work in rural settings. Funding is inadequate for hiring or expanding staff and for prevention programs in schools.   I look forward to working closely with these groups over the next weeks and months to deepen my understanding of this serious public health crisis.

Congratulations to Jonathan Gross and the Mountaintop Progressives of Greene County for an excellent forum on the opioid epidemic at Windham Civic Center. We heard from three parents who had lost their children to this epidemic, and from six experts in the field, including three people in long term recovery. Key takeaways included:

1. Law enforcement can't stem the tide of this particular epidemic, thus we can't arrest our way out of it.

2. NarCan has jumped from $4 to $45 per dose, and there is no good reason for it.

3. For people to succeed in recovery, support that goes well past the typical 28-day program is essential.

4. Certain insurance regs continue to undermine providers' work, such as the requirement that a person seeking help must be actively in physical distress before insurance will cover their admission to treatment.

5. Funding comes from the federal and state governments for "new shiny objects" like new approaches to treatment, many of which don't work in rural settings. Funding is inadequate for hiring or expanding staff and for prevention programs in schools. 

I look forward to working closely with these groups over the next weeks and months to deepen my understanding of this serious public health crisis.

Petition kick-off June 10.

Help me get on the ballot!

After our grand opening of our campaign headquarters on Sunday, June 10 please come and join us for a day of petitioning and canvassing. In order for me to get onto the ballot for November (there is no primary) we need to get signatures on our petitions. We greatly appreciate all volunteers and any help.

Details on our Grand Opening

Sign Up to Join Us for a Day of Petitioning and Canvassing


Eleanor's Legacy introduced seven women who are running for NY State Senate at their May 21 breakfast in New York City. State Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrew Stewart-Cousins gave the candidates their marching orders:
"Let's Win!"

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Congratulations to fellow Democrat Juan Figueroa, candidate for Ulster County SheriffWe both received our party's endorsement at the Ulster County and City of Kingston Democratic Committee meetings, along with Assemblymember Kevin Cahill.


Citizen Action Endorses Pat Strong.

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Citizen Action is an important organization in our community, continually reminding us that our activism really does make a difference. Whether it’s the fight for environmental justice, quality education or affordable health care, Citizen Action is on the front lines, making sure our voices are heard. I am honored to have their endorsement for my State Senate race. I look forward to working with them next year in Albany and Kingston.