Over the coming months, David will roll out a series of policy initiatives outlining his plans to address critical issues facing our country and the Lower Hudson Valley.
Bribes, kickbacks, pay-to-play schemes – New Yorkers have seen far too many corrupt politicians in our state. And then there’s Washington. David has never had patience for those who violate the law and the public’s trust. As an Assemblyman, he wrote and passed the New York State constitutional amendment to strip taxpayer-funded pensions from corrupt public officials. When Donald Trump was elected, we saw an unethical demagogue take over the White House. David took action by sponsoring and passing the NY TRUST Act, which authorizes the sharing of top public officials’ New York State tax returns with Congress – including the President’s. In Congress, he’ll strengthen federal ethics laws and hold Trump and his enablers accountable.
Every day, 310 Americans are victims of gun violence. Since 2016, America has experienced five of the ten worst mass shootings in our country’s history. This is unacceptable. At a time of crisis in communities across the nation, thoughts and prayers are not enough. David’s first vote on legislation as an Assemblyman was for the NY SAFE Act – the strongest gun control law in our nation. As a Congressman, David will push for a national SAFE Act to ban assault weapons and get dangerous weapons off our streets.
The science is in – climate change is real and it’s a full-blown crisis. Westchester and Rockland straddle a unique segment of the Hudson River and we value the beauty of the Lower Hudson Valley. David has earned 7 perfect scores from Environmental Advocates of NY for his efforts to crack down on illegal dumping, protecting our open spaces, and preventing development on sensitive sites. And this year, David co-sponsored and passed New York’s version of Green New Deal. In Congress, he will bring real science back to the EPA and fight climate change.
In recent years, Westchester and Rockland counties have had the highest property taxes in the nation. Not only has David voted for the lowest tax rate on middle-class families in 60 years, but he has also helped lead the charge against the particularly negative impacts on New Yorkers of the 2017 Trump/Republican tax bill. New York taxpayers’ pockets have taken a hit since Donald Trump and his special-interest allies decided to cap state and local tax deductions. As a former tax attorney, David will be a strong voice in Congress to reverse Trump’s limit on SALT deductions and to write a tax code that fights inequality.
Women’s rights and reproductive care are under assault every day by Republicans in Washington and across the country. David has always been a strong advocate for women’s rights. He believes in protecting a woman's ability to make her own healthcare decisions, equal pay for equal work, and ensuring protections in the workplace. As an Assemblyman, David co-sponsored the New York Reproductive Health Act, protecting a woman’s right to choose. In Congress, he will restore funding to Planned Parenthood and defend Roe v. Wade.