NOW’s Primary Endorsements: NYS Legislature
New York State Assembly
New York City’s Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island
Seawright is by far the most qualified candidate in this race. Her vast experience in law, policy making, community service, and women’s causes makes her the right choice to represent Upper East Side residents in Albany.
A public school parent and a resident of the district for more than two decades, Seawright is a current member of Community Board 8 and chairs the Board of Directors of the Feminist Press at CUNY.
Seawright is a former assistant district attorney, Labor Arbitrator with the New York City Board of Education, Administrative Law Judge with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and Legal Counselor to small business owners and entrepreneurs.
New York City’s Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn
Melendez is a staunch supporter of women’s rights. She’s committed to protecting and strengthening equal pay for women, expanding rights and access to reproductive healthcare, supporting women small business owners and entrepreneurs, and stopping violence and abuse against women.
As a single mother who has achieved academic and career success in the face of odds and adversity, Melendez knows firsthand the importance of having elected officials who will stand up for their constituents. Melendez, currently a clinical crisis and emergency management counselor, has been an active member of the Staten Island and Brooklyn community for many years.
Melendez is well-known for leading efforts after Hurricane Sandy, where she helped to provide 24-hour crisis counseling to storm victims, and working with local nonprofits.
New York State Senate
Herkimer, Hamilton and Fulton Counties and parts of Saratoga and Schenectady Counties
Thorne has demonstrated a deep commitment to both those in her immediate community and the rights of women and girls across the state. As a Senator, we will be able to count on her to champion the Women’s Equality Act and improve the outlook for struggling families in New York.
In 2012, Thorne ran a competitive race against incumbent State Senator Hugh T. Farley. The ultra-conservative Farley, who has served in the state senate for nearly 40 years, was part of the anti-choice Republican caucus that defeated the Women’s Equality Act in 2013. It’s time for a new voice, and Thorne is the woman to do it.
Montgomery and Greene Counties and parts of Schenectady, Albany, and Ulster Counties
Tkaczyk is the type of leader we need in our State Senate. She is a pro-choice fighter and a proponent of equal pay, and she is focused on promoting job growth and improving our schools.
Tkaczyk has a long record of civic engagement. She served for five years on the Duanesburg Central School District Board of Education, and she is recognized as a housing policy expert with more than two decades of experience in affordable housing issues. She is the only farmer currently serving in our State Senate.
This will be a critical race. Tkaczyk won by a slim margin in 2012 against former Assemblyman George Amedore Jr., a Republican who is set to challenge her again this year.
District 33: Gustavo Rivera (D)
West/East Bronx, including Kingsbridge Heights, East Tremont, Crotona Park, Fordham, Belmont, Van Nest, Claremont, High Bridge and Morris Park
NOW-NYC first got behind Rivera during his 2010 run for the seat. Rivera has been a strong advocate for the Bronx in the State Senate, establishing a record of reform on ethics, public safety, affordable housing, and immigrant’s rights.
Rivera is an unwavering advocate for choice and has made equality for all a central tenet of his leadership. A university professor and community organizer, he has worked for State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
Rivera’s current primary opponent, City Councilman Fernando Cabrera, is a socially conservative Democrat who has opposed choice and equal marriage.
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