Paychecks over Promises.
We need real jobs that our neighbors can get today, not just short-term tax cuts that don’t result in actual hiring. We must re-imagine public education to better integrate career training in high school, rather than focusing solely on post-secondary education. This will allow us to more quickly grow our workforce and make upstate New York more competitive for prospective employers. I will also work to find new state funding for job training programs to be administered not by government but by businesses and the skilled-trades so we can ensure our neighbors get paid for on-the-job training and are ready to get to work. Let’s be creative but aggressive. We’re tired of waiting.
All Kids Matter, Not their Zip Codes.
We need to ensure our school districts get their fair share of state funding so we can prepare graduates for the jobs of tomorrow. But, dollars are not enough. We need to support a holistic approach to education with support for recreation and arts programs, afterschool and summer learning programs, access to health services, transportation and other critical needs. We must think differently and act boldly to promote change in the Rochester City School District - no more quick fix policies or excuses. A continually failing city school district endangers our entire region. I’m pro-student, pro-parent, pro-teacher, and I’ll be a champion for educational justice in every zip code in New York. It’s time to get loud!
Common sense gun laws are common sense.
As a lawyer and citizen, I will support the enforcement of common-sense gun regulations already on the books and I will work to develop new measures to keep our children and families safe. No excuses. As a society of laws, we can protect second amendment rights without the need for compromise on what’s right for public safety.
It’s not about whether it’s true, it’s what are we going to do.
The time for debate about climate change has passed, the science proves this is a reality. The question now is what are the policies we need to put in place to manage the effects and secure our future. I support New York State emissions reduction goals including a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels, 50% of energy generation from a renewable energy source and a 23% decrease in energy consumption in buildings from 2012 levels. I also support initiatives that would bring jobs in the renewable energy industry upstate.
CHOICE + EQUITY.
Pro-Woman. Pro-LGTBQ. Pro-Dreamer. Pro-Diversity.
New York may be a progressive state but there is still plenty of work to be done in the area of social justice. I will fight for and support measures in the New York State Senate which seek to:
• Prevent continued financial discrimination through the cash bail system in our courts
• Preserve access to safe and legal abortion
• Prevent discrimination based on gender identity or expression
• Provide children of undocumented immigrants the opportunity to apply for state college tuition assistance
I believe diversity is a strength and not a weakness.
Representation matters. If elected, I will be the first Indian American to serve the New York Senate and represent the next generation of immigrants who love this state and nation.
ALZHEIMER'S + CANCER.
Just like my mom, I’m a fighter.
Like so many others, I lost a loved-one to dementia and cancer. My mother, Anne, died when I was just 33. I know firsthand that cancer and dementia are awful diseases. As caregivers, spouses or children, we often feel helpless to these incurable conditions. But, we can do something. I will push to improve home care programs and access to skilled-nursing facilities for low-income seniors. I will also work to protect seniors with dementia from financial exploitation.
UPSTATE BRAIN DRAIN.
Keep our talent local.
Every year we lose young talent from our city. Why? Because of a lack of jobs in upstate. For the last 15 years, I have been actively working to create a better quality of life in Greater Rochester for young professionals. Now, I want to take the next step and create new laws and programs that incentivize recent graduates to stay or return to upstate to work here, purchase a home here and raise their families here. We need New York State to be an aggressive recruiter for young people upstate, otherwise my friends and your family-members will continue to look elsewhere.