Today, as I’m sure you know, is election day. Our neighborhoods have been through a great deal this week, and indeed over the past 10 years. To me, as a District Leader and a community organizer, it has never been clearer why we need to move forward as a nation.
I will be proudly voting to reelect Barack Obama as our President today. I hope you will join me.
For the first time in a generation or more, this country is moving forward. Over 30 million Americans will have access to health insurance as a result of The Affordable Care Act. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act restored the rights of women and other workers to challenge unfair pay and help close the wage gap. The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act will allow millions of students to graduate college with less debt – and prevent hundreds of thousands from dropping out.
In Lower Manhattan, and around the NYC metro area, the need for a President, and a Congress, committed to investing in our nations infrastructure has never been more apparent. Barack Obama has been, and will continue to be, that President. He has earned our support.
After voting, if you have any time to help during the day, volunteers will be making calls to swing states at SEIU’s HQ, at 310 West 43rd. St between 8th and 9th Ave. When you get there, ask for Obama organizer, David Barda. They’ll be there from 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM. I’ll be making calls for most of the afternoon. I hope to see you there.
If you can’t make it to SEIU, you can make calls from home by going to https://call.barackobama.com.
It is equally imperative that we elect a Congress that will work with our President on behalf of working and middle class Americans. In New York State, we have a great opportunity to make that happen. In Staten Island and Brooklyn, voters have the chance to support Democrat Mark Murphy for Congress – and to vote out a corrupt, tea-party supported Republican obstructionist. I know many Staten Islanders are in a tough spot these days. Please try and make it to your poll sites.
In Long Island, Congressman Tim Bishop deserves another term representing NY in Washington. Upstate, great candidates like Congresswoman Kathy Hochul, Sean Patrick Maloney and Dan Maffei will be the champions our state and our country so vitally needs right now.
Locally, New Yorkers who care about affordable housing, quality schools, functioning mass transit, access to health care and equality for all need a Democratic State Senate more than ever. Please join me in voting for a better future for New York.
Polls will be open from 6:00 AM to 9:00 throughout New York. The following downtown NYC poll sites have changed due to the storm:
— The Poll site at Bard High School at 525 East Houston St is relocated to: P.S. 188 at 442 East Houston Street.
— The poll site at St. Margaret’s House at 49 Fulton St. is relocated to Southbridge Towers at 66 Frankfort St.
— The poll site at Westbeth Housing in the West Village has been restored.
In addition, many poll sites have changed since the last general election due to redistricting. Even if you think you know where you vote, I suggest you go to http://gis.nyc.gov/vote/ps/index.htm to find your poll site.
If you have evacuated, and are unable to reach your poll site, the Governor has signed an executive order allowing all voters to vote by affidavit ballot at any poll site in New York State. Please use this only as a last resort, as you will only be allowed to vote in Federal elections – and not the very important local races in NY.
If you’re not in NYC, Google has a good poll site locator at https://www.google.com/elections/ed/us/vote.
Finally, many Lower Manhattanites who have lost power or even just cable this week, have asked for a place to watch returns. Drinking Liberally and Manhattan Young Democrats are sponsoring an event at DCTV, 87 Lafeyette St at White St. starting at 8:00 PM. More info at http://www.facebook.com/events/322341927861338/. I’ll probably be there from about 10:00 PM on.
Yours in hope and democracy,
P.S. Our neighborhoods continue to recover from Hurricane Sandy. For resources and information, please see my previous emails on the matter at http://newellnyc.org/, or Senator Daniel Squadron’s excellent resource page at http://www.nysenate.gov/blogs/2012/nov/04/sandys-aftermath-resource-page-what-expect.