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During his four terms on the Westchester County Legislature, Peter Harckham achieved a progressive legislative record of accomplishment through impactful bills on the environment, housing, labor, first responders, taxes and human rights. .
Contrary to the misleading intimations of some of his Democratic opponent’s supporters, Harckham has never been associated with the IDC (Independent Democratic Conference), which had nothing whatsoever to do with the Westchester County Legislature, where Pete served as the Democratic majority leader. He has repeatedly and publicly said that if elected to the NY State Senate he will support fellow Westchester Democrat Andrea Stewart-Cousins as majority leader and work diligently to help implement the legislative agenda of the mainstream Democratic Conference.
Harckham’s NY State government experience, where he obtained funding for Westchester municipalities for housing, energy efficiency and transportation, and helped fight for the State’s paid family leave and $15 minimum wage policies, also make him well-qualified to advocate throughout the state capital for Senate District 40’s constituents.
During the course of his career as a public servant, Harckham has consistently put people over politics. He has worked effectively with fellow legislators, county and municipal officials, members of the state legislature and New York’s congressional delegation to get things done. He’s worked with Governor Cuomo on successful initiatives such as the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project, and has also differed with him on such issues as legalized cannabis, charter schools and the AIM pipeline. Harckham, unlike the Governor, has been endorsed by the labor-backed Working Families Party.
Next year the State Senate needs to pass vital bills on reproductive health, common sense gun safety legislation, the Child Victim Act and more. It will be a complicated and challenging process that requires someone with deep legislative experience and a record of government accomplishment who can immediately hit the ground running.
I’ve supported progressive Democrats for many years and I wholeheartedly support Pete now. His track record, values, integrity and expertise make him uniquely qualified to be our next state senator. Peter is the best choice to unseat Terrence Murphy and help enable a true Democratic State Senate majority. He is worthy of all Democratic voters’ support on Primary Day, Thursday September 13th.
Political Director, Harckham campaign