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Congressman Mondaire Jones Announces Endorsements for Democratic Candidates in Westchester and Rockland Counties

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 NYACK, NY – Congressman Mondaire Jones announced his formal endorsement of 80 candidates across New York’s 17th Congressional District ahead of the November 2nd General Election. The full slate can be found below.

“The last year has made clear the critical role local elected officials play in enacting and implementing federal policies here at home,” said Jones. “Now, more than ever, we need leaders at every level of government committed to doing the hard work to deliver for the people of Westchester and Rockland Counties. This incredible slate of candidates — some of whom are running for office for the first time, others who have been hard at work for years — represent the leadership our communities need and deserve as we work to Build Back Better. I’m thrilled to endorse them and I look forward to partnering with them to deliver for all of our constituents.”

Since his swearing-in in January, Jones has been a leading voice in Washington. He was elected unanimously by his colleagues as Freshman Representative to House Democratic Leadership, and he was appointed a Deputy Whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and Co-Chair of the LGBTQ Equality Caucus. He serves on the House Judiciary, Education and Labor, and Ethics Committees, where he has established himself as a leader on issues of democracy reform, civil rights, child care, and climate. In April, Jones launched his leadership committee, Policy is Personal PAC, which has endorsed three candidates in federal races.

The full list of candidates is as follows:

Nancy Barr – Westchester County Legislator District 6
Richard Becker – Cortlandt Town Supervisor
Rachel Berkey – Harrison Town Board Member
Judge Robert Berliner – New York State Supreme Court
Judith Beville – Greenburgh Town Clerk
Anne Bianchi – Mt. Kisco Trustee
Joe Bonanno – Mt. Pleasant Supervisor
Catherine Borgia – Westchester County Legislator District 9
Jennifer Bounds – New Castle Town Board Member
Ben Boykin – Westchester County Legislator District 5
Justin Brasch – White Plains Common Councilmember
Karen Brown – Mayor of Tarrytown
Debra Carter – Cortlandt Receiver of Taxes
Jose Castaneda – Rye Town Justice
Aviah Cohen Pierson – Yorktown Town Justice 
James Creighton – Cortlandt Town Board Member 
Judge Christie D’Alessio – New York State Supreme Court
Thomas Davis – New York State Supreme Court
Max DiFabio – Rye Town Justice
Dwight Douglas – Peekskill City Councilmember
Paul Feiner – Greenburgh Town Supervisor
Ramon Fernandez – Peekskill City Councilmember
Vedat Gashi – Westchester County Legislator District 4
Ilan “Lanny” Gilbert – Yorktown Town Board Member
Frank Gordon – Mayor of Harrison
Jeffrey Greenberg – Clarkstown Town Supervisor
Gabrielle Hamilton – Ossining Town Councilmember
Ellen Hendrickx – Greenburgh Town Board Member
Samuel Hernandez – Clarkstown Town Board Member
Sherry Horowitz – Croton-on-Hudson Trustee
Venita Howard – Greenburgh Receiver of Taxes
James Hyer – New York State Supreme Court
Tim Idoni – Westchester County Clerk
Cristin Jacoby – Cortlandt Town Board Member 
David Kim – Tarrytown Village Trustee
David Koenigsberg – Dobbs Ferry Village Justice
George Latimer – Westchester County Executive
Dana Levenberg – Ossining Town Supervisor
Omar Lopez – Ossining Village Trustee
Tony Markus – Mt. Kisco Town Justice
John Martin – White Plains Common Councilmember 
Holly McCall – New Castle Town Supervisor
Becky McGovern – Tarrytown Village Trustee
Vivian McKenzie – Mayor of Peekskill
Nabeela McLeod – Clarkstown Town Justice
Mary Morrison Rodriguez – Stony Point Town Board Member
Lori Morton – New Castle Town Board Member
Bonnie Orden – Greenburgh Town Justice
Catherine Parker – Westchester County Legislator District 7
Vishnu Patel – Yorktown Town Board Member
Karine Patiño – Mt. Kisco Trustee
Michael Patino – Dobbs Ferry Village Trustee
Rich Payne – White Plains Common Councilmember
Holly Perlowitz – Ossining Receiver of Taxes
Effie Phillips-Staley – Tarrytown Village Trustee
Erika Pierce – Westchester County Legislator District 2 
Aimee Pollak – Clarkstown Town Justice
Brian Pugh – Mayor of Croton-on-Hudson
Judge Thomas Quinones – New York State Supreme Court
Kimberly Ragazzo – Cortlandt Town Justice
Jeff Rednick – Rye Town Justice
Barry Reiter – North Castle Town Councilmember
Tom Roach – Mayor of White Plains
Alejandro Rosales – Croton-on-Hudson Trustee
Shari Rosen Ascher – Dobbs Ferry Village Trustee
Matthew Rosenberg – Dobbs Ferry Village Trustee
Vincent Rossillo – Mayor of Dobbs Ferry
Lauren Schimko – Stony Point Town Board Member
Robert Scott – Peekskill City Councilmember
Laroue Shatzkin – Cortlandt Town Clerk
Francis Sheehan – Greenburgh Town Board Member
MaryJane Shimsky – Westchester County Legislator District 12 
Colin Smith – Westchester County Legislator District 1 
Justin Sweet – Clarkstown Town Clerk
Bruce Tucker – Mayor of Piermont
David W. Vinjamuri – Westchester County Legislator District 3 
L’Tanya Watkins – Rockland County Executive
Michael Weinberg – New Castle Town Board Member
Adam Weiner – Harrison Town Board Member
Jewel Williams Johnson – Westchester County Legislator District 8

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Rockland County GOP Chairman Lawrence Garvey Announces Campaign for NYGOP Chair

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New City, NY… Rockland County Republican Chairman Lawrence Garvey today announced his campaign for New York Republican State Committee Chair in a letter to County Chairs, Committee Members and Republican leaders and activists across the state.

Chairman Garvey said, “We proudly stand up for our values in Rockland and successfully pull voters across the aisle each and every election to win. As we reflect on the 2022 elections, it’s imperative that we look at the full picture. The positives and the negatives, in order to move forward and build a brighter future for our Republican Party. We must take account of the massive strides we have made, not just on a statewide level, but in each of our respective counties. Our gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin came within 330,000 votes of beating Kathy Hochul. As Republicans across our state, we helped elect and re-elect 11 Republican Members of Congress – the most since 2000. We helped elect and re-elect Senators and Assemblymembers across the Empire State. Together, we will build on what worked, fix what didn’t and elect more Republicans up and down the ballot.”

In the letter, which you can read below, Garvey outlines his record of success in flipping and keeping seats red in Rockland County, including Michael Lawler defeating the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Sean Patrick Maloney, Bill Weber taking down incumbent Elijah Melnick and electing John McGowan to Lawler’s former Assembly seat. In a county with a 2:1 Democrat to Republican enrollment disadvantage and a 1:1 Independent to Republican enrollment, Chairman Garvey and Rockland Republicans have consistently won races year after year. The County Executive is a Republican and 3 of the 5 towns are now in Republican hands. He also outlines his vision for the path forward for the NYGOP and replicate Rockland’s success across the state.

 

Dear Fellow Chairs and Committee People,

I hope this letter finds you well and healthy this holiday season. I’ve been speaking with many of

you and I wanted you, as a Party leader and activist, to be among the first to know, I’m running for

Chairman of our New York Republican State Committee (NYGOP.)

As we reflect on the 2022 elections, it’s imperative that we look at the full picture. The positives

and the negatives, in order to move forward and build a brighter future for our Republican Party. We must take account of the massive strides we have made, not just on a statewide level, but in each of our respective counties. Our gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin came within 330,000 votes of beating Kathy Hochul. As Republicans across our state, we helped elect and re-elect 11 Republican Members of Congress – the most since 2000. We helped elect and re-elect Senators and Assemblymembers across the Empire State. Together, we made countless phone calls and knocked on even more doors to get our Republicans across the finish line.

In Rockland, where I’ve had the honor of being Chairman for the last 9 years, we had a fantastic

year. Michael Lawler slayed the proverbial dragon and head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Sean Patrick Maloney. Our Congressman-Elect will be taking office in January and we couldn’t be more proud. Bill Weber, our now Senator-Elect, worked hard to take down incumbent Elijah Melnik and we’re excited to see all that Bill does for the people of Rockland. We also elected John McGowan to Michael Lawler’s former Assembly seat. John’s a popular Legislator who will now head to Albany on our behalf. In a county where we have a 2:1 Democrat to Republican enrollment disadvantage and a 1:1 Independent to Republican enrollment, we have consistently won races year after year. Our County Executive is a Republican and 3 of the 5 towns are in Republican hands. We proudly stand up for our values in Rockland and successfully pull voters across the aisle each and every election to win.

This is the mentality we must bring statewide. In a Democratic state, we must work harder and

smarter to attract voters from all backgrounds, all political persuasions, all religions, all corners of our state. Our focus must be to even the playing field and that begins with voter registration drives. It’s critical that we grow. New Yorkers believe in our message and they agree with our principles, let’s enroll them and make it official!

Our Party must build a significant fundraising foundation. High dollar and low dollar donors

alike. Not just to operate, but to help our Counties to grow their respective coffers too! With the new Campaign Finance Matching Program being implemented by the State Board of elections, the NYGOP must be a resource for all County Chairs and elected officials. Under my Chairmanship, the State Party would look to support the County Parties, not the other way around.

And we must go back to basics, building a ground game that is untouchable and unstoppable.

An organized base of individuals that works to spread our Republican message with the ultimate goal of electing more Republicans from Village Board to Governor. We must focus on recruiting and supporting Republicans at all levels, and build a strong bench across the state.

Communication and coordination is key. My pledge to you is that as Chairman, I will implement

policies that ensure constant and timely communication, and make sure every single Committee

Member and Chair can meaningfully participate in the functions of our State Party and that you have a seat at the table. You will be involved in the process, every step of the way. We will be a grassroots led party from the ground up – not from the top down. I won’t be calling you to inform you of what’s happening, I will be calling you before anything happens to get your input so we can move our party forward together, as a statewide team.

I believe in our Party’s future and I’m not giving up on our beloved New York State. I’m

running for NYGOP Chairman to build off of the successes we have had and make our Party the force I know it can be. Stand with me and we will strengthen our county organizations and our NYGOP.

 

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