Monday, November 1, 2010

November 2 = Election Day.

"The right of voting for representatives is the primary right by which other rights are protected."
-Thomas Paine

Tomorrow is election day.  That gives you an opportunity to affect the direction of your state. I hope that means you will take advantage of the opportunity.  My first election year in New York, I voted absentee in Indiana because I felt that is where my vote was needed to make a difference.  Yes, it's only one, but in an election where states are flip-flopping back and forth in a tight race, every vote counts.  Tomorrow, in New York, this is the place my vote is needed the most.  Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo may have very favorable numbers in the prediction, but that doesn't mean that any single person who believes in equality in our schools, laws and the workplace can stay home tomorrow.  The opposition to the majority is more likely to vote as a reactive tool. We need to be proactive in choosing the candidates who will take our future in the right direction.  Andrew Cuomo (Governor) and Bob Duffy (Lieutenant Governor) are the candidates that will do that.  Eric Schneiderman (Attorney General) is the candidate who will do that.  Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand need to stay because they are the candidates who continue to take our state in the right direction. And for those Miss NY girls reading this - Eric remembers us all from the capitol and supported us through Albany and the Miss NY competition.  

Obviously equality - Marriage Equality, Dignity for All Students, Employment Non-Discrimination, and Gender Non-Discrimination - is high on my list of priorities in this election.  And they are for Andrew Cuomo as well.  So I'll be at the polls tomorrow.  Where will you be?

“I want to be the governor who makes marriage equality a reality in New York State,” said Andrew Cuomo. “New Yorkers believe that their neighbors should be afforded the same rights and privileges under the law that they receive. I will work with our leaders in the legislature to achieve passage of the Gender Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), and with our state agencies to eliminate health disparities for LGBT New Yorkers.”

Eric Schneiderman

Bob Duffy and his family

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