As a lifelong public servant and advocate for New York’s working families, Lindsey will prioritize policies that ensure all New Yorkers—and all Americans—can live a safe, dignified, and productive life.
The future of the Democratic Party as a defender of democracy depends on the fortitude and moral conviction of our leaders. Lindsey has been up front in calling for impeachment hearings to hold Donald Trump accountable for his abuses of power. She will take on Republican lawmakers who are subverting the rule of law. She will not settle for half-measures as migrant children are torn away from their parents, women’s reproductive freedom is under assault, gun violence ravages our communities, voter suppression corrupts our electoral system, rampant inequality undermines the fabric of our society, and cronyism runs unfettered in the White House.
The injustice of extreme inequality is all too clear in New York City. Millions of New Yorkers struggle to provide for themselves and their families despite working multiple jobs. Lindsey helped lead the fight for a $15 minimum wage and has been a strong advocate for Paid Family Leave throughout New York. At a time when our labor community is under relentless attack, Lindsey will work to make sure that workers can afford life’s necessities with confidence and dignity. In Congress, she will fight to ensure economic security for all New Yorkers—and all Americans.
The Coalition for the Homeless estimates that there are currently over 60,000 people—including over 22,000 children—sleeping in New York City shelters each night. We need immediate solutions to make sure that all New Yorkers have safe, affordable housing. Lindsey secured hundreds of millions of dollars in funding for New York public housing and shelters. In Washington, she will advocate for federal funding to improve our public housing, protect the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, and increase access to the Housing Choice Voucher Program.
As technology transforms our lives, we need to plan for the future of work and jobs. Lindsey is a proven and effective thought leader on the economy and workers’ rights. During her time in New York government, Lindsey partnered with cities and community organizations to advance statewide workforce development and retraining opportunities, apprenticeships, and lower-cost educational options. She bolstered relationships between community colleges and employers to create workforce programs that respond to the needs of a changing economy by making life-long learning programs available to everyone.
Immigration is central to our American identity. Lindsey’s own family emigrated to the United States from Ireland, her husband LeRoy’s family from Korea, both through Queens, NY. Growing up in San Diego, near the Mexican border, Lindsey saw firsthand the challenges we face with our immigration system. As a college student, she interned at a family-run immigration law firm helping people facing deportation proceedings. Lindsey will honor the words inscribed on the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Lindsey rejects the Trump administration’s dehumanization and abuse of asylum-seekers and migrant families. She supports abolishing ICE and closing Trump’s detention camps.
Lindsey is a staunch advocate for reproductive justice. She supports easy and free access to contraception, coverage of reproductive health services by all insurance providers, and overturning the Hyde Amendment. And with rising maternal mortality rates in the US—where black women face risks up to 4 times greater than white women—Lindsey is committed to guaranteeing all women have access to safe motherhood. Women also deserve the opportunity to make equitable work and life decisions unbridled by the excess demands of family life that fall disproportionately on them. As a working mother, Lindsey understands the need for paid parental leave, affordable childcare, and equal pay to support women's families and careers.
Lindsey knows that addressing the climate crisis is as much about social justice as it is about environmental justice, because the most vulnerable populations are always hit the hardest. As New Yorkers, we know just how devastating climate change can be. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast, leaving swaths of New York City flooded and without access to subway, power, schools or basic necessities. By 2050, over a third of properties in lower Manhattan will be at risk of storm surge. We are facing a climate crisis that requires bold action and committed leadership. We need a pragmatic Green New Deal to unleash a massive mobilization of investment that transforms our infrastructure and communities.
Our criminal justice system has long been used as a weapon against marginalized people. Lindsey will fight against systemic racism, defending the overpoliced Latinx and African-American communities. Mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines for offenses like non-violent drug convictions disproportionately affect people of color. She supports banning private prisons. Lindsey wants to abolish the cash-bail system that keeps hundreds of thousands of Americans behind bars simply because they cannot afford bail. She supports the legalization of marijuana. Lindsey will work tirelessly to ensure voting rights, guarantee equal opportunity employment, housing, and access to public benefits to those convicted of criminal offenses once time is served.
Healthcare is a human right, yet millions of Americans lack coverage, too often putting them one illness away from bankruptcy. No one in a nation as wealthy as ours should have to turn to a crowdfunding site to pay their medical bills. The status quo is unacceptable. We can, and must, do better. Obamacare was a huge step forward, providing healthcare for 20 million Americans, but it wasn’t enough. Lindsey will lead the effort to make sure all New Yorkers—and all Americans—are guaranteed healthcare. She supports Medicare for All as a solution whose time has come.
At a time when there is growing recognition of healthcare as a basic right, it is imperative to highlight and support mental health. Having experienced postpartum depression herself, Lindsey is committed to advancing this much-needed agenda in Washington. We must ensure that all New Yorkers have access to quality mental health treatment and coverage regardless of their ability to pay. We must provide a mental system that assists those in need through schools, prisons, community centers, and other settings. While state and local programming is critical, federal aid is necessary for innovation and systemic change to combat mental illness. We also need to overcome the scourge of the opioid epidemic by providing greater resources for treatment and by enhancing regulations to stop companies from profiting off people’s suffering.
The rights of the LGBTQ+ community remain under siege nationwide. Lindsey is dedicated to ensuring the rights of the LGBTQ+ community are protected on a federal level. In Washington, Lindsey will support the proposed Every Child Deserves a Family Act, which prohibits discrimination against adoptive and foster parents based on their sexual orientation, or LGBTQ+ youth seeking a safe and caring home. Lindsey will also fight against the current administration’s Transgender Military Ban and will work hard to bring forth legislation that protects LGBTQ+ members of the military.
All too often, the wisest and oldest members of our society are disregarded in policy decisions. Lindsey's personal experience caring for ailing family members makes this a priority for her. We must support our parents and grandparents so that they can live their lives with the dignity they deserve. Lindsey will fight any Republican efforts to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. She supports efforts to implement a financially sustainable program of long-term care insurance.
Lindsey has been a strong supporter of New York City’s Universal Pre-K program, where thousands of low- and moderate-income children have equal access to education at a young age. In Washington, Lindsey will advocate for a national Universal Pre-K program. Lindsey believes that college should be affordable for all students, regardless of income. She will address the crushing burden of student debt. Every child also deserves to be safe at school. Lindsey is a strong advocate for gun reform laws that will ensure children across America have a safe and secure school environment.
New York City is an economic, cultural, and engineering marvel, but we must continue to reinvest in our infrastructure if we are to maintain our central role in advancing global innovation. New York sends far more to Washington in tax dollars than it gets back each year. We must ensure that our federal government works for the people and shoulders its fair share of funding for critical infrastructure projects. In New York, these projects include the Gateway Tunnel, high-speed internet access, regional transit, water and power infrastructure. Lindsey oversaw the planning for transit centers such as Moynihan Station and helped lead the statewide initiative to get high-speed broadband internet access into every home. She will fight for New Yorkers every single day.
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