ISSUES

  TAXES  

James successfully fought to make the property tax cap permanent as well as lower our state income taxes to their lowest levels in 70 years. He knows there’s more work to be done which is why he’s pushing for real reform.

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  UNSUSTAINABLE GROWTH  

When developers have tried to railroad other communities in the Hudson Valley, James has often been the lone elected official in Albany to put a stop to it. He has and will continue to fight to make sure every community plays by the same set of rules.

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  CORRUPTION  

James is the only candidate who has a proven record of cleaning up corruption in Albany to make sure that our leaders are putting Hudson Valley residents ahead of their own bottom lines. As Chairman, James completely revitalized the Senate’s investigations committee to get real answers for all New Yorkers.

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  CORPORATE WELFARE  

When giant corporations sought millions of dollars in tax breaks, forcing local residents to pick up the tab, James stood up and told them to “pay your damn taxes.”

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  EDUCATION  

James has championed a strong public education, securing full-day Kindergarten for all students regardless of zip code, delivering record funding for the schools he represents, and, in the wake of the pandemic, securing essential supplies for students, teachers, and their classrooms.

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  INFRASTRUCTURE  

James knows that roads are a quality of life issue which is why he has focused on advancing our region’s infrastructure, improving a significant number of state roads and bridges across the district.

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  WOMEN’S RIGHTS  

While significant strides have been made since women gained the right to vote in 1920, they often remain disadvantaged in society and workplace. That’s why James has fought to level the playing field and ensure that women are treated and respected equally under the law.

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  ENVIRONMENT  

James knows that the sustainability of our environment depends on the decisions we make today and that future generations are counting on us.

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  SENIORS  

During his six years in the Assembly and first term in the Senate, James has fought against those who have tried to take advantage of our senior citizens.

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  DISABILITY RIGHTS  

James has been a consistent champion for disability rights and continues to pass legislation expanding resources for individuals with disabilities.

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  CHILD VICTIMS ACT  

James led the effort in the State Senate to finally pass the Child Victims Act, legislation that updates the state’s antiquated, harmful sexual abuse laws. For far too long, survivors were often left with no recourse to seek justice or hold their perpetrators accountable.

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  RESPONDING TO COVID-19  

James understands the seriousness of the pandemic and has always been a fierce advocate for protecting the public’s health. James continues to fight to get our community the state assistance it deserves and is leading the effort to support our small business recovery.

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