HVNN: Harckham picks up new endorsements

A new group of three political organizations active across Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties have announced their support for Pete Harckham, Democratic candidate in the New York State Senate District 40 race against incumbent Republican Terrence Murphy.

The Women’s Equality Party has announced its backing of Harckham.

In addition, two additional organizations have announced their support of Harckham. The progressive grassroots group Up2Us has given Harckham its co-endorsement.  Also, the New Castle Democratic Committee has voted to co-endorse Harckham as part of their efforts.

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Harckham Receives Support of Women’s Equality Party, New Castle Democrats & Up2US

Three New Endorsements Confirm Accelerating Campaign for NYS Senate District 40

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMt. Kisco, NY June 18, 2018 – A new group of three political organizations active across Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties have announced their support for Pete Harckham, Democratic candidate in the New York State Senate District 40 race against incumbent Republican Terrence Murphy.

The Women’s Equality Party has announced its backing of Harckham. “We enthusiastically endorse Pete Harckham for State Senate,” said party chairwoman Susan Zimet. “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,” she added.

In addition, two important organizations have announced their support of Harckham. The progressive grassroots group Up2Us has given Harckham its co-endorsement. Also, the New Castle Democratic Committee has voted to co-endorse Harckham as part of their efforts “to unseat two term Trump Republican Terrence Murphy, who has proposed repealing NY State law designed at prevent the mentally ill from gaining access to weapons and eliminating universal background checks, opposes women’s reproductive rights and who has blocked important civil rights legislation.”

“I’m grateful for the support of these activist Democratic organizations,” said Harckham. “A growing number of people across SD 40 are joining our campaign’s efforts to have an experienced legislator bring needed change to the NY State Senate.”

The new endorsements follow announcements of support last month from the Mount Kisco Democratic Committee, Pound Ridge Democratic Committee, Putnam County Democratic Committee, Somers Democratic Town Committee and the Working Families Party.

LoHud Op-ed: State must force Con Ed, NYSEG to make lasting change

Shattered poles, downed wires, blocked streets, poor communication, lengthy power outages and frustrated customers waiting in parking lots for deliveries of dry ice and water were frequent occurrences last winter. For too many residents of northern Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties, this has become the norm every time a storm hits.

As a former Westchester County legislator, I worked on many storm recovery efforts such as Sandy, Irene and the Halloween nor’easter. As part of the governor’s administration, I did similar work in the aftermath of several blizzards. Drawing on my experience, I am bewildered by NYSEG and Con Ed’s refusal to learn the lessons of each storm, and I’m outraged by their refusal to modernize their grids and implement procedures for quicker recovery.

After every storm these utilities roll out the same stale response about the number of poles replaced, substations damaged, and the need to rebuild entire systems. When the damaged infrastructure is finally rebuilt, they install the same antiquated, non-resilient system that was just destroyed.

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Democratic Political Groups In Putnam & Westchester Endorse Pete Harckham

Initial Endorsements Indicate Rapid Momentum for Growing Winning Coalition

 

     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 7, 2018 – Four Democratic Party political groups in Putnam and Westchester counties have endorsed Democratic candidate and former Westchester County Legislature Majority Leader Pete Harckham in the race against Republican incumbent State Senator Terrence Murphy.

The Mount Kisco Democratic Committee and Somers Democratic Town Committee last night endorsed Harckham, and the Pound Ridge Democratic Committee reversed an earlier endorsement of another candidate and endorsed Harckham on Tuesday. In addition, on Monday the Putnam County Democratic Committee gave Harckham its co-endorsement in a united Democratic effort. These victories follow the Cortlandt Democratic Committee, which last week voted to revoke its prior endorsement of another Democratic candidate which it made prior to Harckham’s entry into the race.

“I’m so grateful for the incredible momentum our campaign has picked up after only a few weeks since our announcement,” said Harckham. “These progressive Democratic organizations represent Hudson Valley values, not Donald Trump values, and I am inspired by their decision to join with us in a coalition effort to bring a Democratic majority to the New York State Senate”. He added, “Democrats understand that experience matters”.

These key endorsements follow last month’s backing by the Westchester-Putnam chapter of the Working Families Party. Additional endorsements will be announced by Harckham’s campaign in the coming weeks.

New York State Senate District 40 includes parts of Northern Westchester (Briarcliff Manor, Buchanan, Cortlandt, Croton-on-Hudson, Lewisboro, Mount Kisco, Mount Pleasant, New Castle, North Salem, Peekskill, Pleasantville, Pound Ridge, Sleepy Hollow, Somers, Yorktown) Putnam (Brewster, Carmel, Patterson, Southeast) and Dutchess (Beekman, Pawling) counties.

District residents interested in Pete Harckham’s New York State Senate campaign can visit www.PeteForNY.com, http://www.facebook.com/PeteforNY and @PeteforNY on Twitter and Instagram to learn more, volunteer, or contribute.

 

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Democratic Political Groups Endorse Pete Harckham; Rapid Momentum Growing

Democratic Political Groups In Putnam & Westchester Endorse Pete Harckham

Initial Endorsements Indicate Rapid Momentum Growing for Winning Coalition

 

Four Democratic Party political groups in Putnam and Westchester counties have endorsed Democratic candidate and former Westchester County Legislature Majority Leader Pete Harckham in the race against Republican incumbent State Senator Terrence Murphy.

The Mount Kisco Democratic Committee and Somers Democratic Town Committee last night endorsed Harckham, and on Tuesday the Pound Ridge Democratic Committeeendorsed Harckham after he entered the race. In addition, on Monday the Putnam County Democratic Committee gave Harckham its co-endorsement in a united Democratic effort. These victories follow the Cortlandt Democratic Committee, which last week voted to revoke its prior endorsement of another Democratic candidate which it made prior to Harckham’s entry into the race.

“I’m so grateful for the incredible momentum our campaign has picked up after only a few weeks since our announcement,” said Harckham. “These progressive Democratic organizations represent Hudson Valley values, not Donald Trump values, and I am inspired by their decision to join with us in a coalition effort to bring a Democratic majority to the New York State Senate”.  He added, “Democrats understand that experience matters”.

These key endorsements follow last month’s backing by the Westchester-Putnam chapter of the Working Families Party.  Additional endorsements will be announced by Harckham’s campaign in the coming weeks.

Patch: Harckham Denounces Murphy’s Voter ID Law

“Voter ID is a solution in search of a problem,” Harckham says. “Voter impersonation is vanishingly rare and every study that has examined the issue has borne this out. The only thing voter ID laws accomplish are to disenfranchise poor and historically oppressed communities. Sen. Murphy’s S298 bill will not deter fraud. It can lead to the kind voter suppression we left behind in the Jim Crow era. This is clearly not in keeping with Hudson Valley values.”

“We need to enable voters, rather than create barriers to voting access,” continued Harckham. “There is currently no early voting or automatic voter registration in New York State because of obstructionist efforts in the Republican-controlled State Senate. We need progressive policies that would strengthen the state’s electoral system and make it easier for voters to participate in elections.”

According to Harckham, calls for voter ID regulations can be traced back to Donald Trump’s claims of voter fraud. Once the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity found no evidence to support this claim, Trump shut the commission down. In other states, photo ID voting laws have been challenged or struck down in court and even Republican Rep. John Faso, whose congressional district 19 overlaps with part of NY SD 40, has said he has “not seen any evidence that New York needs a voter identification law.”

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Harckham Calls for Early Voting and Automatic Voter Registration

HARCKHAM DENOUNCES MURPHY VOTER ID BILL; CALLS FOR EARLY VOTING & AUTOMATIC VOTER REGISTRATION;

With an upcoming June 1 voter registration deadline looming, Pete Harckham, Democratic candidate for the 40th New York State Senate District, is calling for early voting and automatic voter registration in New York State. Harckham objects to a bill sponsored by State Senator Terrence Murphy (R- Yorktown) which would require a government ID card to be presented when casting a ballot.

“Voter ID is a solution in search of a problem,” Harckham says. “Voter impersonation is vanishingly rare and every study that has examined the issue has borne this out. The only thing voter ID laws accomplish are to disenfranchise poor and historically oppressed communities. Sen. Murphy’s S298 bill will not deter fraud. It can lead to the kind voter suppression we left behind in the Jim Crow era. This is clearly not in keeping with Hudson Valley values.”

“We need to enable voters, rather than create barriers to voting access,” continued Harckham. “There is currently no early voting or automatic voter registration in New York State because of obstructionist efforts in the Republican-controlled State Senate.  We need progressive policies that would strengthen the state’s electoral system and make it easier for voters to participate in elections.”  According to Harckham, calls for voter ID regulations can be traced back to Donald Trump’s claims of voter fraud.  Once the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity found no evidence to support this claim, Trump shut the commission down.  In other states, photo ID voting laws have been challenged or struck down in court and even Republican Rep. John Faso, whose congressional district 19 overlaps with part of NY SD 40, has said he has “not seen any evidence that New York needs a voter identification law.”

Friday June 1 is the deadline for new voters to register for the June 26 federal primary.  Harckham, who actively supported voting rights while serving as Westchester County Legislature Majority Leader, wants to remind residents of Dutchess County and first-time voters elsewhere across NY State to register.  Full details are available from the New York State Board of Elections at https://www.elections.ny.gov/.  “Registering to vote is important for all citizens as we approach the mid-term elections,” Harckham notes.  “As JFK said, ‘One person can make a difference and everyone should try.’”

Working Families Party Announces Support for Peter Harckham for State Senate

Westchester-Putnam Working Families Party Announces Support for Peter Harckham for State Senate

Today, the Westchester-Putnam chapter of the Working Families Party announced that they are supporting Peter Harckham in his campaign for State Senate in the 40th Senate District.

“We are proud to support Peter Harckham for State Senate. We have a long history of working with Peter on issues of great concern to the WFP. Throughout that time, Pete has consistently and tirelessly stood up for the interests of working families.” said Pat Welsh, WFP Westchester-Putnam Chair.

“I am honored once again to have the support of the Westchester-Putnam Chapter of the Working Families Party. Over the years we have fought together to end housing discrimination, improve access to safe affordable childcare and to create economic opportunity for all residents of the Hudson Valley. I look forward to continuing this valued partnership as there is much more work to be done.” said State Senate Candidate Pete Harckham.

New York State Senate District 40 includes parts of Northern Westchester (Briarcliff Manor, Buchanan, Cortlandt, Croton-on-Hudson, Lewisboro, Mount Kisco, Mount Pleasant, New Castle, North Salem, Peekskill, Pleasantville, Pound Ridge, Sleepy Hollow, Somers, Yorktown) Putnam (Brewster, Carmel, Patterson, Southeast) and Dutchess (Beekman, Pawling) counties.

District residents interested in Pete Harckham’s NY State Senate District 40 campaign can visit PeteForNY.com on the web or www.facebook.com/PeteforNY and @PeteforNY on Twitter and Instagram to learn more, volunteer or  contribute.