Political Party Endorsements
Women Equality Party: “We enthusiastically endorse Pete Harckham for State Senate.This is a crucial moment in history for Women’s rights, both in defending against those who are trying to reverse the progress we’ve made over the last century and in advancing further reforms to ensure the fundamentals of women’s equality. Pete Harckham is the ally we need in the New York State Senate to fight this battle and we look forward to working with him to protect our rights.”
Elected Official Endorsements
Former U.S. Congressman John Hall: “I stand with Pete because I have always known him to be a fighter for progressive values, and I believe he is the person we need to help us turn the NYS Senate blue.“Pete literally stood with me when I was being attacked by the Tea Party for supporting the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare),” he added. “Pete was on stage next to me during a contentious town hall meeting at Fox Lane High School as we defended the right to affordable health care coverage. Pete has proven to be an effective leader on issues of environmental protection, renewable energy resources, health care, and more.”
Assemblyman Tom Abinanti: “I am pleased to stand with Pete Harckham as the Democratic Candidate for the New York State Senate and to be my state senator. Endorsing Pete may be one of the few things Governor Cuomo and I agree on this year!“I have known Pete for more than ten years, and I saw how effective he could be when he and I served together on the Westchester County Board of Legislators. An environmentalist, Pete demonstrated his concern for clean drinking water and his ability to move government in the effort to build necessary infrastructure to deal with the sewage leaks into Peach Lake.“Pete Harckham is a leader who can bring people together. He showed it as the Westchester County Legislator’s Majority Leader. He won and was re-elected in a district that had a Republican legislator before him and after he left.
“Pete Harckham is my candidate for New York State Senator. “
Assemblywoman Sandy Galef: “I am happy to stand with Pete Harckham in his run for State Senate. I admired his work during his time as legislator and majority leader on the Westchester County Board of Legislators. His willingness to fight for people who may not have a voice and his commitment to stand up for what is just, regardless of political consequence, makes Pete a fearless progressive champio
Deputy County Executive Ken Jenkins: “I had the pleasure of working with Pete Harckham on the Westchester County Board of Legislators for nearly eight years. I am proud to endorse him for the New York State Senate in the 40th District. His experience as a County Legislator and Democratic Majority Leader will serve his constituents well in the Senate.
“For the four years that I was Chair of the Board and Pete was the Democratic Majority Leader we worked closely together on a daily basis. He never shied away from challenging issues, even when they were politically risky to him. As our caucus leader he never compromised our Democratic values or principles and always stressed Democratic unity.
“Together we implemented better budgets than those submitted by Astorino, fought housing discrimination, saved childcare and homes from foreclosure, advanced solar initiatives and provided funding for mandated phosphorous reduction in the NYC watershed communities.
“When the Governor asked Pete to join his Administration to roll out restored CDBG funding, Pete understood how important this funding was to Westchester communities. He brought a unique understanding of Community Development Block Grants and took to the task with extreme professionalism and engagement, as was noted by the stakeholders he worked with.
“I encourage all Democrats in the 40th District to vote for Pete Harckham for New York State Senate on September 13th.”
Westchester County Board of Legislators Majority Leader Catherine Parker: “In the last year, we’ve won major victories in the Hudson Valley. We elected George Latimer Westchester County Executive, defended his seat in blow out fashion with Shelley Mayer, flipped four seats in the Westchester County Legislature, and elected Robert Langley Putnam County Sheriff. We can build on that momentum this November by flipping the 40th State Senate District and electing a great progressive, Pete Harckham.
Electing Pete will give us the decisive vote we need to elect Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins as the Majority Leader of the State Senate next year, and flip the Republican Party’s current one vote advantage. “I had the honor of serving with Pete on the Westchester Board of Legislators and know he is progressive yet pragmatic. He co-sponsored many pieces of legislation that helped the environment and helped create jobs. He stood up for progressive values on tough fights like providing affordable child care while protecting the bottom line for taxpayers.
“Pete has proven he has what it takes to deliver positive change. That’s the kind of experience and leadership we need in Albany, which is why I’m proud to stand with Pete.”
Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray: “As a Westchester County Legislator for eight years, four of those as the Democratic Majority Leader, Pete Harckham was out front on a host of progressive issues, including environmental hazards and clean water, local economic development, affordable housing, senior citizens, labor and human rights. Pete works effectively, with both sides of the aisle, to get things done and he will break the cycle of toxic politics like we now have in Albany. That’s why I stand with Pete for State Senate.”
Bedford Town Supervisor Chris Burdick: “I’ve known Pete Harckham for over 10 years. A public servant of unsurpassed integrity, Pete deeply cares for the community. He is tireless and passionate to do what’s right. He listens. He is fair and patient. Then he rolls up his sleeves and gets things done that many thought were unattainable. I wholeheartedly and enthusiastically endorse Pete for State Senate”
Southeast Town Councilwoman Lynne Eckardt: “It’s rare to find a candidate who combines hard work, intelligence and electability but this is the essence of Peter Harckham. Peter served admirably on the Westchester Board of Legislators where he was able to pass important quality of life legislation. For his fairness, ability to listen and work ethic I enthusiastically support Peter Harckham in the September 13th Democratic Primary.”
Buchanan Village Trustee Duane Jackson: “I stand with Pete Harckham because Pete has the experience necessary to assist the Village of Buchanan with our economic revitalization efforts. He is the Democrat who can beat Terrence Murphy in November. Winning this seat will not be easy, so we need a candidate with a proven record of winning in challenging elections. Pete is the only Democrat in this race who has proven time and again that he has what it takes to flip this seat blue. Please join me in standing with Pete on September 13.”
New Castle Councilman Jeremy Saland: “Both practical and progressive, Pete’s uncompromising pursuit of public service set the bar. From shepherding bills into law during his tenure on the County Board of Legislators to advocating for policies putting children, affordable housing, and the environment front and center, Pete’s Democratic leadership is undeniable. Because compromising our collective fight for responsible firearm safety, the relieving of our tax burden, the passage of the Reproductive Healthcare Act, and other important issues is not an option, we need Pete’s voice in Albany.”
Issue Group Endorsements
New Yorkers Against Gun Violence: Rebecca Fischer, NYAGV Executive Director: “Gun violence is preventable and New York State has shown that strong gun laws reduce gun deaths and injuries. We endorse Peter Harckham as he has demonstrated the willingness to stand up to the NRA and extremists in the state legislature and will work to enact state legislation that will save lives. We urge New Yorkers to vote for Peter on November 6th to help make our families and communities safer.”
National Institute for Reproductive Health Action PAC: Andrea Miller, president of the NIFHA Fund PAC, said: “Pete Harckham is an experienced legislator who understands that New York must be a beacon for reproductive freedom. For too long, the 40th District has been represented by an anti-choice Senator who has voted against the Reproductive Health Act in the Senate Health Committee, standing in the way of access to crucial reproductive health services, including abortion. Pete will represent the values of the Hudson Valley in Albany. The NIRH Action Fund PAC is proud to endorse Pete Harckham for State Senate.”
Thank you for all of your endorsements! More endorsements to come!