The lines have been drawn for this Novemberâ€™s elections and everything is at stake. EveryÂ seat in Westchester County government isÂ up for grabs — including that of the County Executive. One can honestly say that November will determine the fate ofÂ ourÂ County for years to come. This year’sÂ election will be about values and a vision for the future and it will determine whether we recognize the rights of all people or only those of a select few.
The candidates in the County Executiveâ€™s race are set. It will be a matchup between Democratic nominee New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson and Tea Party favorite incumbent Rob Astorino.
Westchester votersÂ have a clear choice between a social progressive, Noam Bramson, and a far right extremist, Rob Astorino, who is way outside the mainstream.Bramson supports a womanâ€™s right to choose and marriage equality.
Astorino adamantly opposes both.
Â Astorino alsoÂ opposes abortion in cases of incest, rape or to save the life of the woman.
He has even gone so far as to deny women the most basic of rights â€“ safe access to reproductive health centers â€“ for which he received accolades from the NYS Right to Life Committee.Â (Read it here!)
Astorino also opposes comprehensive sex education, cutting all funding in the County budget to Planned Parenthood’s educational programs. This past fall Astorino was honored for his anti-Choice extremist positions by a Bronx-based organization, Program Reach, that developed an abstinence-only sex education program and councils pregnant youth fromÂ an anti-abortion rights perspective. (Read it here!)
Bramson supports NY SAFE, the legislation passed by Governor Cuomo and state legislators that is aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill while respecting the rights of legal gun owners.
By contrast, Astorino refuses to say whether he supports or opposed common sense gun safety laws.
We do know, however, that Astorino believes that County property should beÂ used for hosting gun shows. As soon as he took office four years ago, Astorino revoked a ban on gun/sniper
shows that had been in effect since shortly after the shootings at Columbine.
Bramson supports the Womenâ€™s Equality Agenda
(WEA) proposed by Governor Cuomo. The Agenda is a 10-point proposal that will â€œbreak down barriers that perpetuate discrimination and inequality based on genderâ€ and ensure that all of New Yorkâ€™s 10 million women, including Westchesterâ€™s 496,016, get a fair deal.
Click here to read more about the Agenda
By contrast, Astorino refuses to mention the Agenda â€“ as though if heÂ ignores it, maybeÂ all of us women will go just go awayâ€¦?
It is time for the Women of Westchester to join the WomenÂ forÂ Westchester forces and demand that Astorino make his position on the WEA clear.