Examiner Letter: Why I support Pete Harckham

I was glad to read in The Examiner that Pete Harckham has entered the race for New York State Senator. As a resident of Mount Kisco for more than 40 years, I know the great job Pete did as our County Legislator. He worked to protect the environment, or air and water. He worked with Democrats and Republicans to get bills passed to fund vital programs for families.

If he is elected, his seat could put the New York Senate under Democratic control. The Republicans currently in power have been working against children, labor, small business, taxpayers and others for years. Pete’s experience in state government, including his work on community development grants, would help get things accomplished in Albany.

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Pete Endorsed by 32BJ SEIU!

Democratic State Senate candidate Pete Harckham issued the following statement today after he was endorsed by 32BJ SEIU, one of the largest and most politically active progressive unions in New York State:

“I am honored to be endorsed by 32BJ. They have been successfully fighting for the rights of working people for decades. Now it is more important than ever to stand united with our partners in the labor to fight rollbacks by Trump and extremist Republicans in congress and their allies in Albany.”

Hector Figueroa, President of  32BJ SEIU:

“Right now, more than ever, New York State needs champions of that will fight for workers’ rights. Union members are focused on electing progressive candidates to represent working New Yorkers in Albany. In the face of unprecedented attacks on working families, we are endorsing candidates who will fight for good jobs and help more New Yorkers join and form unions.  Together we will champion legislation to protect immigrant communities, defend voting rights and access, achieve bail reform, and stand up for policies to protect the environment. ”

Thousands of 32BJ SEIU members will get involved in political action this year to remind voters, candidates and elected officials that New York needs unions to build the middle class.

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Justice Kennedy’s retirement should alarm voters in New York

Democratic Senate candidate Pete Harckham made the following statement today about the implications of Justice Kennedy’s retirement on New York:

Today’s news of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement should alarm every voter who cares about women’s rights, LGBT rights, civil rights, or any number of any issues of deep importance to New Yorkers. This will be a body blow to women’s essential reproductive freedom in New York unless we vote out Republican State Senators like Terrence Murphy. Murphy’s extreme position against choice is not something we can afford any longer. If we don’t elect a pro-choice Senator, our laws on reproductive health could revert to the state they were in before Roe v. Wade was the law of the land.

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Reaction to Janus Ruling

In response to the Supreme Court’s decision in the Janus case, which is expected to significantly hurt the ability of public sector unions to organize and represent employees, Democratic State Senate candidate Pete Harckham made the following statement:

This Supreme Court has been unhinged. Today’s ruling eviscerating public sector unions – the culmination of a thinly veiled assault years in the making – is the icing on the cake of weeks worth of decisions that go against both history and our core values. But I have news for anyone who would try to silence working men and women: that’s not gonna happen. One court decision, no matter how wrong, isn’t going to stop workers from standing up for their rights, with me and allies like me with them every step of the way.

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LoHud: Sen. Terrence Murphy ‘unfair’ in campaign statement: committee

A committee that hears complaints over fairness in political campaigns said one of its recent rulings was mischaracterized.

The Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee found it “unfair” that New York State Sen. Terrence Murphy issued a press statement that said the committee found his opponent “lied” about Murphy’s role in nominating Donald Trump.

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Fair Campaign Practices Committee Finds Murphy Attack “Unfair”

June 20, 2018: Harckham for Senate Campaign Manager TJ Rogers issued the following statement this morning after the Fair Campaign Practices Committee found that Sen. Terrence Murphy had misrepresented the Committee’s past findings.

“Senator Murphy treats the Fair Campaigns process like a game to score political points and leverage a tactical campaign advantage. Frankly it’s a tedious game, and the voters will quickly lose their patience for it, if they haven’t already. Let’s stop this nonsense, and focus on issues that matter to voters like passing the Child Victims Act or the Red Flag legislation to keep our schools and families safe. These other antics are just a distraction to prevent a real discussion about his record on the issues.”

Per Fair Campaign Practices Committee standards, their finding is reproduced in full below.

COMPLAINT: Candidate for NY State Senate, Peter Harckham, complained that State Senator Terrence Murphy misrepresented the finding of the Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee by posting and distributing a press release alleging the Committee found that Pete Harckham “lied” about Terrence Murphy’s role in the Republican nomination of Donald Trump, when in fact the finding simply stated, “The statement was inaccurate.”

FINDING: UNFAIR. Senator Murphy’s press release is in violation of one of the Committee’s principles “The Committee considers selective quotation or misrepresentation of its findings to be an unfair campaign practice” since the Committee did not say Mr. Harckham “lied”; the Committee said “The statement was inaccurate.” Senator Murphy’s Facebook page continues to include a link to the News 12 story quoting the original press release.

NOTE TO THE PUBLIC & THE MEDIA: A core belief of the Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee is that words matter. Because the Committee’s findings are often used by candidates in their campaigns, the Committee crafts them carefully to minimize the mischaracterization of its determinations. The Committee writes unfair rather than guilty because it is not a court of law and does not want to give the mistaken impression that a complainee has engaged in an illegal practice. It does not rule but rather finds candidates’ complaints to be fair, as in normal political discourse, or unfair if they are false or misleading. The Committee requires individual findings to be quoted in full, so that its conclusions are not used to mislead the voters.

Statement on Forcibly Separated Children Being Held in Westchester County

Pete Harckham made the following statement this afternoon on reports that immigrant children being forcibly separated from their parents at the border are being held in Westchester County, including in at least one location within the 40th State Senate District:

“It is outrageous that some children being forcibly separated from their parents on the border are being held right here in Westchester, in this Senate District in fact. This scurrilous policy is not in keeping with Hudson Valley Values, not in keeping with American Values. When it’s happening in our backyard, silence is complicity, Sen. Murphy.”