I suggest that CD 19 Aug. 23 voters, if considering voting for Marc Molinaro, first examine what Molinaro stands for.
Pat Ryan has made his positions clear: he supports a woman’s right to choose, health and financial benefits for his fellow veterans, support for consumers against large corporations and utilities like Central Hudson who overcharge customers, and democratic values over the extremism of our former president.
Molinaro, in 2019, opposed NYS legislation to codify abortion protections. Not surprisingly, he recently stated that he would oppose similar federal legislation.
Molinaro also has a history, as a NYS Assemblyman, of voting against pro-worker and pro-community bills. He voted against: helping small businesses make health care benefits available to employees; guaranteeing workers meal breaks and rest stops; fair wages; protection for freelance workers; and authorizing an inter-city bus permit system for those needing mass transit.
As for his support of the former president, his views, as the Ithaca Voice stated on July 5, “remain evasive.”
I believe that Pat Ryan is the candidate who deserves our votes. As Ulster County Executive, he has consistently served the people. He spearheaded rehabilitation of the former IBM site, leading to over $200 million in regional investment; increased mental health and addiction recovery services; put Ulster’s first electric buses on the road; and started a green careers academy at SUNY Ulster.
Let’s elect a veteran and true patriot: Pat Ryan.
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