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AP Names Rockland’s Mondaire Jones Winner in NY’s 17 Congressional District

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NYACK, NY – AP (Associated Press) Declares Rockland’s Mondaire Jones Winner in NY-17 Congressional District. Jones makes history as the nation’s first openly gay, black member of Congress.

Jones released the following statement:

“After more than a year of building a people-powered, grassroots campaign with thousands of supporters, I am incredibly proud to be elected to represent the community that raised me. Growing up poor, Black, and gay, I never imagined that someone like me could make it to the halls of Congress.

“But this victory is not about me. It’s a victory for young people, who deserve a planet we can inhabit. It’s for the hard-working single moms like mine, who held multiple jobs just to provide for our family. It’s for the janitors like my late grandfather, and the housecleaners like my grandmother, who deserve an economy that works for them. It’s for our immigrant brothers and sisters, contributing members of our society and the engine of our economy, who should not have to live in the shadows. It’s for the hundreds of thousands of young, queer kids from across Westchester and Rockland and throughout America, many of whom have written to me to say that seeing an out candidate run and win gives them the confidence to embrace who they are to live authentic lives. And it’s for the great people of New York’s 17th Congressional District, who defied conventional wisdom and rallied behind a people’s champion, and for a future that works for everyone.

VIDEO: Mondaire Jones early voting at Orangetown Town Hall 

 

 

 

 

“And that is a future worth fighting for. It’s a future where everyone is paid a living wage for their labor, and no one goes hungry or homeless because they can’t afford to live. It’s a future where everyone — and I mean everyone — has quality health care, regardless of employment status. It’s a future where we have saved the planet from climate catastrophe and ensured a livable planet for our children and their children. It’s a future where a quality public education is a right guaranteed to all. And it’s a future where racial justice is, once and for all, obtained for communities of color throughout this nation.”

Jones is 32-year-old Spring Valley High School graduate. He later graduated from Stanford University and Harvard Law School. Mondaire worked as a litigator in the Westchester County Law Department and former Department of Justice staffer during the Obama Administration.

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Mondaire Jones Endorses Melanie Stansbury (NM-01) in Race to Replace Sec. Deb Haaland

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NYACK, NY – Congressman Mondaire Jones (D-NY) announced his endorsement of Melanie Stansbury for Congress in New Mexico’s First Congressional District. Stansbury is running in the June special election to replace former Congresswoman Deb Haaland, who was confirmed as Secretary of the Interior earlier this year. Stansbury is the third candidate to earn an endorsement this cycle from Jones and his political action committee, Policy is Personal PAC, which he launched in April.

“We need more people in Congress for whom policy is personal, which is why I’m so excited to endorse Melanie Stansbury in New Mexico’s First District,” said Jones. “Like me, Melanie grew up in a working-class family and knows firsthand what it’s like to struggle to get by. As a STEM professional and lifelong public servant, Melanie understands the urgent need to address our most pressing challenges — from the climate crisis to COVID-19 — with bold, progressive, evidence-based policies. I know she will carry on the legacy of my friend Deb Haaland as a powerful progressive voice for working- and middle-class New Mexicans, and all Americans.”

“I’m honored to have the support of Representative Mondaire Jones. Now more than ever, we need leadership fighting for a more equitable recovery that centers support for struggling families, reopening small businesses, bringing home good paying jobs, and providing access to affordable health care,” said Stansbury. “In Congress, I will be proud to work alongside Rep. Jones to pass critical legislation that moves forward the structural change we need to ensure no one is left behind as we put the country back on track.”

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Meet Leslie Kahn, Candidate for Clarkstown Justice

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NEW CITY, NY – Town of Clarkstown Town Attorney Leslie Kahn in a post on Facebook announced her candidacy for Clarkstown.

Kahn is on the ballot for the June 22, 2021 Primary Election on the Democratic, Republican, Conservative and Working Families. If elected, Kahn would be the first female Justice in Town of Clarkstown history.

 

Below is a short bio for Leslie Kahn:

I have been a practicing attorney for thirty years and have dedicated my career to serving the public. I am currently the Town Attorney for the Town of Clarkstown where I counsel the Town Boards and Commissions on legal issues. I prepare local laws and resolutions and assist with the defense of lawsuits brought against the Town. I also prosecute violators of the Town Code and have significantly increased the number of prosecutions related to building and zoning code violations.

Prior to my employment with the Town of Clarkstown, I was a prosecutor in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office for twenty five years. I concentrated in the areas of domestic violence, juvenile crimes, alternative to incarceration programs and gun violence. I have extensive litigation experience having tried hundreds of cases, both felonies and misdemeanors. I have also presented numerous cases to the grand jury and trained Assistant District Attorney’s in case management and trial preparation.

During my tenure with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office I held the positions of Bureau Chief of Domestic Violence, Chief of Firearms Prosecution and Chief of Adolescent Diversion Programs. I am extremely familiar with specialized courts as I was involved in creating the first juvenile domestic violence court in the nation as well as the integrated domestic violence court and the adolescent diversion court in Brooklyn.

I moved to Clarkstown in 1998 with my husband Paul, a lifelong resident. We have three boys, Michael, Steven and Zachary who attended the Clarkstown Central School District where I volunteered with various committees. I am a member of the Rockland County Bar Association and the Rockland County Women’s Bar Association. I also served on the Board of Directors for the Rockland County Jewish Community Center.

 

Throughout my career, I’ve dedicated myself to serving the public, ensuring justice and equality for all New Yorkers, and enforcing our laws without fear or favor. As Town Justice, I will use my experience, my integrity, and my compassion to apply the law fairly and make sure Clarkstown remains a great place to live for all of our families.

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