This September 9th, I’ll be voting for Zephyr Teachout for Governor and Timothy Wu for Lieutenant Governor of New York State. I ask you to join me.
Incumbent Andrew Cuomo’s consistent use of the office to serve the wealthiest has hurt working and middle class New Yorkers, earning him the nickname “Governor 1%”. Equally disappointing, he has become the chief enabler of the pay-to-play culture of corruption that dominates Albany. New York deserves much better.
Fortunately, we have in Zephyr Teachout a great alternative. The New York Times recently called her “a national expert on political corruption and an advocate of precisely the kind of transparency and political reform that Albany needs.” She not only understands the problem, but effectively articulates how corruption – both legal and illegal – hurts working and middle class New Yorkers every day. Teachout believes in “a New York where wages are rising, small businesses are thriving and our public schools are the best in the nation.” She has pledged to ban fracking, invest in public schools and get big money out of politics.
And she’s on a roll. Teachout has recently been endorsed by the NYS Sierra Club, the National Organization for Women (NOW-NYS), the Nation, the Public Employees Federation, The Downtown Independent Democrats, and many more. Zephyr Teachout is the right choice for New York State in 2014.
Cuomo does have some important accomplishments – most notably on marriage equality and gun control. But these are overshadowed by his conservative economic policies that make New York’s rich richer and the rest of us poorer. Below a few more examples of how Andrew Cuomo has failed New Yorkers.
- He’s widely expected to approve the dangerous “fracking” technique for gas extraction if reelected. This could endanger the water supply of millions.
- He has slashed services in housing, education, and healthcare while giving giant tax breaks to big banks, luxury developers, NY’s wealthiest families.
- He intervened with an anti-corruption panel, triggering a federal investigation.
- He has taken over $35 Million in pay-to-play cash from millionaires and large businesses with interests before his administration.
- He raided $30 Million from NY’s mass transit systems.
- He has accelerated the continued epidemic of hospital closures at LICH and throughout the state.
- He has weakened protections for union workers in NY State.
Another contrast between Teachout and Cuomo can be seen in their choice of Lt. Governor candidates. Timothy Wu, Ms. Teachout’s running mate, has led a national fight for net neutrality and equality of access to information for over a decade. Born in Taiwan, Wu would be a champion for NY’s immigrant communities and is our first statewide Asian-American candidate. In contrast, Cuomo’s choice, Kathy Hochul, is perhaps the only Democrat in NY more conservative than himself. Hochul has voted to repeal Obamacare, led a prominent anti-immigrant effort in NYS, has been endorsed by the Conservative Party every time she’s run for office, and has a 100% lifetime rating from the NRA. Hochul is the wrong choice for New York State Democrats. Tim Wu is the right one.
On September 9th, New York Democrats have a chance to make history. We have long been one of the most progressive states in the country – and we have an opportunity to reclaim that mantle of leadership. The American middle class is shrinking, wages are declining and home prices are increasingly out of reach. In this context, Cuomo’s approach of progress on social issues while selling the state to the 1% is unacceptable. As a New Yorker and as a Democrat, I’ll be giving my all to elect Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu on September 9th. I hope you’ll join me.
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Polls are open on Tuesday, Sept. 9th from 6 AM – 9 PM. You can find your poll site at http://nyc.pollsitelocator.com/.