As some of you now may know, I am running for New York State Senate. As an immigrant whose family benefitted from the refuge and opportunity that the United States offers, I always have felt compelled to serve. And, while the current state of our political discourse understandably has driven some of the best Americans away from public service and political engagement, for me, it has only raised the stakes.
Today, too many New Yorkers are being closed out of the American Dream, and our elected officials – at both a state and federal level – are intent on passing legislation as a form of protest, or in order to win points in a game of partisan ping pong, rather than legislation aimed at solving problems for the people they serve. The result is unsustainable for all of us, but particularly so for lower and middle income New Yorkers, many of whom are immigrants facing circumstances no different than those my parents faced thirty-five years ago, and who, at best, are running to stand still. More than ever before, Albany needs independent-minded problem solvers committed to solving the problems facing New York’s working families.
Our campaign for Senate will be focused on making New York a great place to raise a family, start a business, and, ultimately, retire. We will be running to promote policies that help hard working New Yorkers achieve financial security and upward mobility, with a focus on education reform, home affordability, and small business entrepreneurship. We’re running to promote policies that help the dishwasher become the restaurant owner, help the mechanic one day own the auto body shop, and help the carpenter become the contractor. After all, if government is to do anything, it must position folks to seize upon their God-given potential, not restrain them from doing so.
Today, we launched our campaign website. We invite you to visit our website, learn more about the innovative ideas we are putting forward to solve problems facing New York’s working families, and sign up for email updates. We look forward to earning your support in the coming weeks and months.