Women leaders from across state rally for local assembly candidate
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.
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.
Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner, D-Round Lake, shares why she is endorsing Democrat Cindy Doran during an April 24special election for the 107th Assembly seat.
Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, D-Albany, center, shares her excitement for helping Cindy Doran campaign to represent the 107th assembly district.