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President Barack Obama Endorses Mondaire Jones for Congress in NY-17

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NYACK, NY – President Barack Obama has announced his endorsement of Mondaire Jones, Democratic nominee in New York’s 17th Congressional District, in his first slate of endorsements this cycle. Jones is looking to replace veteran lawmaker Representative Nita Lowey and, when elected, will make U.S. history as the first openly gay, black member of Congress.

“I’m proud to endorse this diverse and hopeful collection of thoughtful, empathetic, and highly qualified Democrats,” said President Barack Obama. “Together, these candidates will help us redeem our country’s promise by sticking up for working class people, restoring fairness and opportunity to our system, and fighting for the good of all Americans — not just those at the top. They make me optimistic not just about our party’s chances in November, but about our country’s future long after that. So if you’re in one of their districts or states, make sure you vote for them this fall. And if you can, vote early — by mail or in person.”

“It is a great honor to receive this endorsement from a man who helped inspire me to run for office, and who knows a thing or two about making history,” said NY-17 Democratic nominee Mondaire Jones. “It was not too long ago that I was knocking on doors for then-Senator Obama in Nevada, during his first run for President. One year later, I was a young staffer working for President Obama in the Department of Justice on judicial nominations and reforming our criminal legal system. As a member of Congress, I look forward to continuing that important work in an even bolder way.”

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Former Piermont Trustee Lisa DeFeciani Running for Orangetown Town Board

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BLAUVELT, NY – The Orangetown Democratic Committee announced on Facebook that Lisa DeFeciani would be running for Orangetown Town Board. Lisa grew up in Haverstraw and recently moved to Blauvelt from Piermont, where she served on the Village Board.

The Orangetown Democratic Committee posted the following:

“Lisa is deeply involved in the Orangetown community and has a great understanding of our town, its many communities, and its struggles. Lisa is committed to tackling some of the most pressing issues in our town: making sure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely on efforts that most impact residents (schools, roads, parks and more); addressing the issue of overdevelopment in our community and the impact on our environment, infrastructure (roads, schools, sewerage systems, etc.), and home values; and, addressing the fear many have regarding the health of our school districts and the possible need for a ward system, like the one recently established in East Ramapo, that would help ensure there is fair representation for all of the communities in Orangetown.”

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Democratic Chairs Respond, Call on Assemblyman Schmitt to Resign

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“Democrats and Republicans are expected to disagree on issues. It is a sad day, however, when our counterparts are attempting to shamelessly politicize the deaths of our fellow New Yorkers. It is remarkable yet unsurprising that the GOP Chairs and Assemblyman Schmitt – who literally boarded a January 6th bus of DC-bound seditionists to root on their efforts to overturn an election – learned absolutely nothing from the travesty of the insurrection. We need to rid our political discourse of conspiracy theories and outright lies yet, on the heels of enabling the attempted coup, Assemblyman Schmitt seems intent on doubling down. He ought to resign in disgrace.

“Here are the facts: a number of chairmen and chairwomen of Senate and Assembly committees met with the Administration and DOH Commissioner last week. To be clear, every Senator and Assembly Member who is doing their job meets with agency officials on a regular basis. The nursing homes answer that has elicited much attention over the past five days was prompted by a pointed question by Senator Skoufis himself as he continues to hold government actors accountable. This comes on the heels of over 40 hours of oversight hearings that Senator Skoufis led as Chairman of the investigations committee. When there were outstanding answers, he threatened subpoenas; within a week and a half, those answers on nursing home deaths were produced.

“In just two years, Senator Skoufis has demonstrated he’s the most effective Chairman of the Senate’s investigations committee that the chamber has seen in recent history. His independence is second to none.

“We saw on January 6th what happens when big lies are told and people are whipped into a frenzy by irresponsible political hacks. We won’t stand by and let it happen again which is why Assemblyman Schmitt needs to resign.”

Kristen Stavisky, Chair of the Rockland County Democratic Committee
Brett Broge, Chair of the Orange County Democratic Committee
Kelleigh McKenzie, Chair of the Ulster County Democratic Committee

You can read the initial Republican statement here.

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