NY - 10th District

Lindsey’s Priorities

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.

"This is a defining moment across the nation that I believe can lead to change, we cannot stop once this moment is over. We must all do our part to keep chipping away at the centuries of systematic racism in our country. Federal, state, and local taxpayer dollars are funding systems that perpetuate inequality and violence against Black people."

Read Lindsey's full statement on Police Violence.

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. As a government official, Lindsey oversaw the housing portfolio. She secured hundreds of millions of dollars in funding for New York public housing in the state budget after the federal government walked away. In Washington, she will advocate for increased access to the Housing Choice Voucher Program, protection of the low-income housing credit, full funding of NYCHA, expansion of section 202 for seniors, ten million new social homes built outside the private, for-profit market, and allocation of a portion of these homes for supportive housing. Additionally, Lindsey supports immediate relief for renters, expansion of national tenants' rights, and the re-evaluation of the 30 percent rent to income ratio for calculating cost burdens. To hold bad actors accountable, Lindsey would like to give HUD the authority to regulate market distortions — for instance, leveraging a vacancy tax in densely populated communities.

Every 10 years the census counts every person living in the US. This year we have a lot on the line. The census determines how much federal funding we’ll get for services like public school, housing, emergency services, transportation, and healthcare. The census even determines the number of congressional seats — and we definitely don’t want to lose any seats.

We urge you to fill out the census and pass the word along to everyone you know. The census WILL NOT ask you about your immigration status or income.

If you fill out the census online, you won’t get a knock on the door.

Please encourage everyone you can to complete the census — we can’t afford not to.

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 immigrated to the United States from Ireland. Her husband, LeRoy, is first-generation American, and his family immigrated from Korea. 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 supports a path to citizenship, citizenship for Dreamers, and guest worker programs that make it easier for people to be part of our economy and help families at home. She believes people who are impacted by this public health crisis, especially those working on the front lines of this pandemic, deserve relief regardless of immigration status:

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 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.

Watch Lindsey share why, for her, our mental health crisis is personal.

Read Lindsey's plan to combat our country's mental health epidemic.

Lindsey is proud to have the endorsement of Moms in Office, an organization focused on progressive moms across the country who will champion policies that improve the lives of families and children. Her vision for the future of working families includes a comprehensive plan that covers Maternal Health, both before and after childbirth; Federal Paid Family Leave for all caregivers, which she helped pass for the state of New York; Universal Child Care and PreK to keep mothers in the workforce and give all children the early education they deserve, and Ratification the ERA to help protect against pregnancy discrimination and close the gender pay gap — which is even worse for working mothers.

Read Lindsey’s plan to support pregnancy and motherhood.

Lindsey is a strong advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. She has marched in the Pride March for the past six years and heard from countless members of the LGBTQ+ community about their experiences. While Lindsey was Chief of Staff of ESD (the economic arm of New York State), she helped develop the state’s Open Doors Campaign, encouraging a diverse set of executives of New York State - especially those of headquartered Fortune 500 companies - to appear in the video campaign. The executives highlighted the historic diversity in and the importance of the LGBTQ+ community in New York. While in that role, she also was supportive of the I LOVE NY LGBT plans to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Protests.

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, and 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. To this day, Lindsey continues to be an advocate for those fighting against HIV/AIDS; her uncle, a fellow New Yorker, passed away due to the disease.

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.

Read Lindsey's plan to support older Americans.

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.

Lindsey believes labor must be prioritized in order to have a just and productive economy. This begins with Unions. Lindsey worked alongside Unions as Deputy Secretary of Economic Development when she oversaw the state funding for NYCHA and New York's relief efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. She strongly supports the right to organize and collectively bargain, making it easier for workers to join a union, and the right to strike. She also supports the repeal of right to work laws. Lindsey helped in the fight to pass $15 minimum wage and Paid Family Leave in New York, which she'd like to scale on a national level and she is an adamant supporter of predictable schedules. Lindsey supports a federal jobs guarantee to usher in economic transformation in industries we rely on - such as healthcare, infrastructure, and clean energy. Finally, in order to ensure all workers are treated fairly, Lindsey will advocate for equal pay for women, ending the enforcement of NDAs that have long been used to keep women silent in the workplace, expanding protected classes to cover LGBTQ+ and other unprotected workers, and ending the exemption of domestic and agricultural workers from protection under current labor laws.

As Deputy Secretary of Economic Development for the state of New York, Lindsey oversaw programs awarding hundreds of millions of dollars for investment in downtown revitalization across NY and NYC. The funds were used to build a sustainable path for retail and small businesses as a foundation for creating communities where people work, live, and raise families. When in Congress, Lindsey plans to sponsor small business legislation that will protect vital business and revitalize street level retail, invest in women- and minority-owned businesses, and provide entrepreneurs a safety net for market mishaps.

Read Lindsey's plan to invest in small business for a thriving community.

The rights of the disabled community are too often ignored. From access to benefits to employer discrimination and accessible transportation, Lindsey intends to make sure that Americans with disabilities are protected in every area of life. Lindsey will fight to make sure the civil rights of this community are upheld. This includes protecting the ADA against amendments proposed by the GOP that would make it harder to enforce the law; fixing the problems we see across transportation from ineffective Access-a-Rides and inaccessible subway stations to airlines that break wheelchairs; making sure buildings are accessible, people are not cut off from healthcare due to 'preexisting conditions' and proper assistance is in place for people to obtain jobs.

Lindsey supports advancing policies that decriminalize and protect sex workers. She is particularly concerned about unprotected workers during this pandemic and the discriminatory exclusions to qualify for SBA disaster relief loans. She also believes SESTA / FOSTA has brought unfair harm to the community that must be undone. She wants to bring immediate attention to the harm that could be caused by the recently introduced Earn It Act, proposing a commission to set 'best practices' that encourage companies to eliminate online anonymity, further putting the community at risk.

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