Women lead­ers from across state rally for lo­cal assem­bly can­di­date

The Record (Troy, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Nicholas Buo­nanno nbuo­nanno@troyrecord.com @Nick­Buo­nanno on Twit­ter

EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. » With only one week un­til two Rens­se­laer County Leg­is­la­tors face off in a spe­cial elec­tion for the 107th Assem­bly District seat, Demo­cratic can­di­date Cindy Do­ran re­ceived sup­port from nu­mer­ous Demo­cratic women lead­ers from across the state on Mon­day af­ter­noon.

On April 24, Do­ran will face off against Repub­li­can county leg­isla- tor Jake Ashby, with both look­ing to fill the empty assem­bly seat that was for­merly held by Repub­li­can Rens­se­laer County Ex­ec­u­tive Steve McLaugh­lin.

The 107th District in­cludes parts of Rens­se­laer, Columbia and Wash­ing­ton coun­ties.

“Cap­i­talWomen has en­dorsed Cindy Do­ran’s run for the 107th Assem­bly District be­cause she is the right can­di­date at the right time. Cindy will stand up for women’s rights while en­sur­ing the district gets the sup­port it needs and the tax­pay­ers get the rep­re­sen­ta­tion they de­serve,” said Libby Post, Co­Founder, Cap­i­talWomen PAC.

Dur­ing a news con­fer­ence at the East Greenbush Pub­lic Li­brary on Mon­day af­ter­noon, Do­ran high­lighted how she has re­cently been on the front lines in the fight against sex­ual ha­rass­ment dur­ing her time in the Rens­se­laer County Leg­is­la­ture, in­tro­duc­ing res­o­lu­tions to ad­dress and com­bat work­place ha­rass­ment. This in­cluded a mea­sure to cre­ate a bi­par­ti­san

com­mit­tee to re­view county ha­rass­ment poli­cies. How­ever, they were blocked by the County Leg­is­la­ture’s Repub­li­can Ma­jor­ity and stopped in com­mit­tee.

“Un­for­tu­nately, some elected of­fi­cials have abused their power for far too long, and we’ve seen that first­hand in our area,” Do­ran said. “It’s time we re­store in­tegrity to this of­fice by en­sur­ing that ev­ery­one – re­gard­less of gen­der, race or in­come – gets treated with dig­nity and re­spect. I’m go­ing to keep fight­ing and I’ll keep fight­ing on the Assem­bly to en­sure safe work­place for all and in­tegrity for all”

Do­ran also said that she knows that ev­ery­one from chil­dren to the newly re­tired should have ac­cess to a doc­tor when they need it and that’s why she sup­ports a sin­gle-payer health care sys­tem, as well as guar­an­tee­ing women’s re­pro­duc­tive rights. As a sup­porter of Planned Par­ent­hood, Do­ran said she will fight against fed­eral ef­forts to limit women’s ac­cess to health care.

Do­ran went on to men­tion how she is a mother and a re­tired school teacher who is con­cerned about safety. Do­ran said she is in fa­vor of mea­sures that keep guns out of the hands of crim­i­nals and the men­tally ill, while re­spect­ing the rights of law-abid­ing gun

own­ers and that’s why she sup­ports a ban on mil­i­tary­grade as­sault- style weapons, strength­en­ing back­ground checks, as well as leg­is­la­tion to stop con­victed do­mes­tic abusers from hav­ing ac­cess to guns.

Do­ran also high­lighted how she in­tends to fight for bet­ter wa­ter qual­ity in places like Hoosick Falls and Aver­ill Park.

“I must men­tion Hoosick Falls, it’s im­por­tant to know that the fam­i­lies there and across our ar­eas are suf­fer­ing from a wa­ter cri­sis,” Do­ran saud. “Clean wa­ter is a right not a lux­ury and I will fight for that.”

In New York, 27.2 per­cent of state law­mak­ers are women, slightly higher than the 24.8 per­cent of women state law­mak­ers serv­ing na­tion­wide, of­fi­cials said on Mon­day.

“From her years teach­ing high school stu­dents to her work up­lift­ing women and work­ing fam­i­lies as a county leg­is­la­tor, Cindy’s can­di­dacy re­flects her com­mit­ment to em­pow­er­ing her com­mu­nity. As women’s lead­er­ship across the state con­tin­ues to reach new heights, I am proud to join my col­leagues in en­dors­ing Cindy and look for­ward to wel­com­ing her to The Peo­ple’s House,” said As­sem­bly­woman Nily Rozic, D- Queens, Chair of the Task Force on Women’s Is­sues.

“I am pleased to sup­port Cindy Do­ran for State Assem­bly,” added As­sem­bly­woman Didi Bar­rett ( DColumbia, Dutchess). “Her lead­er­ship ad­vo­cat­ing for women and chil­dren in Rens­se­laer County is ex­actly what res­i­dents of the

107th Assem­bly District de­serve. I look for­ward to part­ner­ing with her to fight, as well, for the peo­ple of Columbia County.”

Do­ran also re­ceived some sup­port from a cou­ple lo­cal state rep­re­sen­ta­tives from around the Cap­i­tal Re­gion such as Assem­bly mem­bers Pa­tri­cia Fahy and Car­rie Wo­erner.

“I am en­dors­ing Cindy Do­ran for the 107th NYS Assem­bly seat with great en­thu­si­asm be­cause of [ her] tremen­dous ex­pe­ri­ence and en­ergy as a for­mer teacher, men­tor and pub­lic ser­vant,” said Fahy, D-Al­bany. “Her in­volve­ment in her com­mu­nity and com­mit­ment to find­ing com­pro­mise and so­lu­tions as a county leg­is­la­tor will make her a strong voice and ad­vo­cate for all of her con­stituents.”

“Our up­state coun­ties,

par­tic­u­larly those that have strong dairy in­dus­tries are re­ally suf­fer­ing right now and we need mem­bers who can de­liver for our district, both in terms of pol­icy, but also bring­ing re­sources to sup­port our com­mu­ni­ties who are suf­fer­ing with a de­pressed milk cri­sis and I am look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing [Cindy] as a col­league,” added Wo­erner, DRound Lake, whose district also cov­ers parts of Wash­ing­ton County.

In a state­ment Mon­day af­ter­noon, Ashby said that his cam­paign team will be host­ing a rally this Satur­day at 11 a.m. at the Schodack Town Park and that he has en­joyed meet­ing many res­i­dents while out cam­paign­ing

“We have got­ten a tremen­dous re­sponse from peo­ple at the grass­roots level who rec­og­nize that I will be some­one who fights for them in Al­bany. We­have gone through sev­eral hun­dred lawn signs, had dozens of vol­un­teers at each of cam­paign blitzes, and great in­ter­ac­tion on so­cial me­dia.

I have been happy to speak about my ex­pe­ri­ence as a com­bat veteran, oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist, col­lege in­struc­tor and county leg­is­la­tor. I have pledged that I will be a strong voice for up­state and our district and op­pose tax hikes and fees in­creases that are driv­ing too many res­i­dents out of our state.

I have agreed to a de­bate on the Fred Dicker ra­dio show on Talk 1300 AM this week and look for­ward to a pos­i­tive and pro­duc­tive ex­change of ideas. A de­bate will show a clear dif­fer­ence be­tween my­self, who is an in­de­pen­dent thinker who is com­mit­ted to up­state, and my op­po­nent, who has stated clearly she will be a yes vote for down­state in­ter­ests.

We are bring­ing all our vol­un­teers to­gether this Satur­day for a get out the vote rally right in my home­town of Schodack. I am hon­ored to have for­mer Con­gress­man Chris Gib­son, State Se­na­tor Kathy Marchione, County Ex­ec­u­tive Steve McLaugh­lin and oth­ers agree­ing to par­tic­i­pate and look for­ward to a great time. We are work­ing hard and stay­ing pos­i­tive as we head into the home stretch,” Ashby said in his state­ment.

NICHOLAS BUO­NANNO -- NBUO­NANNO@ TROYRECORD.COM

107th Assem­bly district Demo­cratic can­di­date Cindy Do­ran stands in the cen­ter with a piece of pa­per dur­ing Mon­day’s news con­fer­ence at the East Greenbush li­brary.

NICHOLAS BUO­NANNO -- NBUO­NANNO@TROYRECORD.COM

As­sem­bly­woman Car­rie Wo­erner, D-Round Lake, shares why she is en­dors­ing Demo­crat Cindy Do­ran dur­ing an April 24spe­cial elec­tion for the 107th Assem­bly seat.

NICHOLAS BUO­NANNO -- NBUO­NANNO@TROYRECORD.COM

As­sem­bly­woman Pa­tri­cia Fahy, D-Al­bany, cen­ter, shares her ex­cite­ment for help­ing Cindy Do­ran cam­paign to rep­re­sent the 107th assem­bly district.

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