In January 2019 , New York state lawmakers approved reforms intended to make it easier to vote, including giving voters 10 days of early access to the ballot box prior to Election Day. The November 2019 elections will be the first to offer early voting in New York State.
Early Voting Begins on Saturday, October 26, 2019, in Westchester County.
After the IDC (Independent Democratic Conference) we all swore not to be fooled again. No matter whether there was a “D”, “R” or “WFP” after the name, we were going to watch the actions, instead of simply listening to the words.
Choice Matters has been doing exactly that – and, unfortunately, our findings are not good.
1.Westchester County Government solicited and accepted a Trump Administration HHS grant for abstinence-only education targeted at the most vulnerable – teens – mostly of color, living below the poverty line & designated as “high risk.” That’s a huge problem. We are balancing our budget on the backs of the most vulnerable, and we are doing it with lies and half-truths.
Choice Matters successfully got the County to reject the abstinence-only, anti-gay intervention curriculum provider but they are still taking the grant money. Choice Matters will work with the County to find a viable curriculum provider who will provide comprehensive sex education. If we cannot, we must demand that the County return the grant.
3. Another man – this time a Westchester County Democratic leader – told a room full of Democratic committee chairs to ignore whether Choice Matters rates a candidate as pro-choice or anti-choice. Why? Because he does not want his Democratic candidates who are anti-choice to be adversely impacted. He clearly thinks the “D” is more important than women’s constitutional rights.
4. A male candidate for County Court judge lambasted Choice Matters for rating him anti-choice, after all he said he was “pro-choice.” Then he went on to make our point for us by coming out in total opposition to minors’ rights. This candidate has no place on the Bench.
There is no more important an office than that of judge. Choice Matters is the only organization that interviews and rates judicial candidates.
Oh, and fyi – let’s not forget the male presidential contender who entered the Democratic field two weeks ago. He thinks campaigning for anti-choice candidates is fine – even those who have a track record of co-sponsoring bills to restrict abortion rights. According to this presidential candidate, “…you can’t exclude people who disagree with us on one issue.”
Really??? Women’s reproductive right is just one issue?? According to the Roe v. Wade decision, that one issue is a woman’sconstitutionalright. Maybe this candidate is willing to forfeit other constitutional rights, maybe those protecting People of Color or LGBTQ folks. Or is it only women’s rights that are expendable?
When you are playing fast and loose with constitutional rights, you never know what might go next!
If you live in the City of White Plains
you care about
Choice, Women, Children, and Families
YOU NEED TO KNOW
Tom Roach is the good guy running for Mayor of White Plains in a Special Election being held on March 31, 2011. He is running on the Democratic, Working Families, and Independence party lines.
Former President of the City Council, and, now, acting Mayor of White Plains,Tom Roach is a 100% pro-choice advocatewho will protect our women, children, and families.
Roach understands the importance of our clinics, childcare, health centers, and the importance of protecting access to our reproductive health care centers.
His opponent, Bob Hyland, has a history of being endorsed by the Right to Life party. A high profile former football player and sports bar owner, Hyland has no experience in elected office. His claim to fame is that in 1988 he tried to register to vote as a member of both the Republican and Right to Life parties.
According to the anti-choice zealot website LifeNet, Hyland has a record of helping the [Right to Life] cause.
Astorino, His Puppets & Imitators, & Washington Extremism
What is going on in Washington DC, brought on by the anti-choice zealots empowered by the Republican win last November, can happen here in Westchester County and in its towns and cities like the County’s capital–White Plains.
Westchesterâ€™s Right to Life County Executive Rob Astorino is a rabid extremist, yanking funding away from working women and their children.Â This is a man whose budget shows he only cares about those who vote for him. The rest of us–especially the working poor–are being thrown under the bus so that he can claim to meet budget promises. Trust me when I say we will all pay later in tax dollars for Astorinoâ€™s stunts.
Hyland is an Astorino impersonator who will do to White Plains what Astorino is hard at work trying to do to the County!
Tom Roach stands with Governor Cuomo
for Women’s Reproductive Rights!
The Message Here:
VOTE FOR TOM ROACH
THURSDAY, MARCH 31st! Special Elections have a very low turnout because few people realize the election is occurring.
Thus your vote will have a multi-fold impact! TELL YOUR FRIENDS TO VOTE
THIS TUESDAY,Â FEBRUARY 15TH!
If you live in the
Westchester County 12thLegislative District
we are begging you to come out and
vote for MaryJane Shimsky.
MaryJane is a 100% pro-choice advocate who will protect our women, children, and families. She understands the importance of our clinics, childcare, and health centers.
Her opponent,DeCicco, publicly stated that all minors should be required to have parental consent before being permitted to have an abortion. Can you imagine a 12-year-old girl, an incest victim, asking the father who raped her, â€œCan I please get an abortion so that I wonâ€™t have to give birth to your child?â€(ECC forum, 2/7/11)
At the same forum, he said that 17-year-old females should not be able to get emergency contraception (which is a high dose of birth control that can stop a woman from becoming pregnant up to five days after unprotected sex) over the counter. We should applaud young women who want to take responsibility before they have an unwanted pregnancy, not punish them! DeCicco wants to see them pay the price of unintended pregnancies, and then force them into a circumstance in which they will likely choose abortion.
Astorino, His Puppets and Washington Extremism
What is going on in Washington DC, brought on by the anti-choice zealots empowered by the Republican win last November, can happen here in Westchester County.
Westchesterâ€™s Right to Life County Executive Rob Astorino is a rabid extremist, yanking funding away from working women and their children.Â This is a man whose budget shows he only cares about those who vote for him. The rest of us–especially the working poor–are being thrown under the bus so that he can claim to meet budget promises. Trust me when I say, we will all pay later in tax dollars for Astorinoâ€™s stunts.
Importantly, our County legislators decide many reproductive rights issues including prisonersâ€™ rights, Medicaid expenditures, and more. The cost to your tax dollars will be huge if legislators do not understand these obligations, and only try to grab headlines, like Astorino likes to do, with penny-wise pound-foolish cuts.
DeCicco is a puppet–a mini-me–for Astorino. Even a DeCicco supporter, The Westchester Rising, calls him Astorinoâ€™s â€œpartner.â€
The Message Here:
VOTE FOR MARYJANE SHIMSKY
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH! Special Elections have a very low turnout because few people realize the election is occurring.
Thus your vote will have a multi-fold impact!
BUT YOU CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! Vote in the Special Election
Tuesday February 15th
You Vote – You Choose
MaryJane Shimskyâ€”a pro-choice, progressive, budget and tax-minded candidate, running on the Working Families and Democratic lines, who has fought for the residents of Hastings-on-Hudson and the Town of Greenburgh on such projects as Ridge Hill and Stew Leonards, and worked as the Director of Community Relations for Assemblyman Richard Brodsky;
or Astorinoâ€™s next mini-meâ€”anti-choice Nicholas DeCicco who refused to complete Choice Mattersâ€™ questionnaire. DeCicco, like Marcotte, will walk the Right-to-Life Astorino anti-choice anti-child anti-family walk, voting as he is told.
Say “NO” to Another Astorino Puppet
In November 2009, Westchester elected a Right-to-Life (RTL) County Executive, Rob Astorinio. We have been paying the price ever since.
Astorino may want to protect the so-called unborn, but he sure has made his position about the born clear: Astorino says, Throw them under the bus to every child and family in need. Astorinoâ€™s budget is the antithesis of family. He focuses on cutting all services that support working mothers, early childhood programs and corresponding housing support.
On his coattails, Sheila Marcotte won in the 10th County Legislative District and is doing exactly as her commander has directed–voting in lockstep with him against child care scholarships, low income daycare and funding for community healthcare programs, among others–voting against a safety net and costing taxpayers millions.
Astorinoâ€™s other puppets have done the same. Believe me when I say, we do not need and cannot afford another Astorino mini-me.
Worry About Funding!
Astorinoâ€™s Right to Life beliefs have already corrupted the budget process. Laws are not the only things at stake. Budgets decide who matters.
Remember it was Astorino whotook a sledge hammerto child care funding, pulverizing it by taking away 4.3 million dollarsâ€”this after the most recent census data reported that 16.7 percent of Westchester children under 5 years of age are living in poverty, which is up from 9.6 percent in 2005â€”and added new positions for his political cronies. When those positions were cut by the County Legislators,Astorino hired his cronies anyway using empty lines on the budget!
Westchester County Board of Legislators