If the last few years have shown us anything, it’s that we can’t wait for someone else to make the change we need. We have to do it ourselves. And we have to do it now. That’s why I’m running for Congress—for my daughter, for my mother, and for everyone in between.
As a New Yorker, I’m used to running. I spend my days running and hustling all around the city, from the Upper West Side to Battery Park, from Industry City to Borough Park. But no matter where I’ve been that day, I always end my evenings the same way: telling my husband LeRoy what an honor it is to fight for this city.
As a public servant, I’ve served in many roles. In just the past few years, I was able to secure hundreds of millions of dollars for underfunded public housing. I led the state’s efforts to provide assistance for the people of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. I oversaw the renovation and modernization of Moynihan Station. And I pushed to enact Paid Family Leave for New
I work hard for New Yorkers every day because I never forget where I came from. My mother may not look tough, but her well of resolve is deeper than anyone I’ve ever met. As a sixteen-year-old single parent, she raised my older sister entirely on her own. She worked all kinds of jobs. And even though she put in long hours, she was never rewarded with a living wage, and had to rely on food stamps for sustenance.
Despite her humble beginnings, my mother never gave up on her dream of going back to school. By the time I was applying to college, she had completed her own high school and college degrees.
My dad was lucky to be born a New Yorker. A Queens native, his Irish immigrant parents could never have imagined the opportunities their granddaughter would be given. After becoming the first in his family to graduate from college, my dad enrolled in the Marines to serve his country. His career took him across the globe and back many times. To this day, we share a number of passions: American history, doughnuts, and fighting for the underdog.
Lindsey knows that addressing the climate crisis is as much about social justice as it is about environmental justice, because the most vulnerable populations are always hit the hardest. As New Yorkers, we know just how devastating climate change can be. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast, leaving swaths of New York City flooded and without access to subway, power, schools or basic necessities. By 2050, over a third of properties in lower Manhattan will be at risk of storm surge. We are facing a climate crisis that requires bold action and committed leadership. We need a Green New Deal to unleash a massive mobilization of investment that transforms our infrastructure and communities.
Healthcare is a human right, yet millions of Americans lack coverage, too often putting them one illness away from bankruptcy. No one in a nation as wealthy as ours should have to turn to a crowdfunding site to pay their medical bills. The status quo is unacceptable. We can, and must, do better. Obamacare was a huge step forward, providing healthcare for 20 million Americans, but it wasn’t enough. Lindsey will lead the effort to make sure all New Yorkers—and all Americans—are guaranteed healthcare. She supports Medicare for All as a solution whose time has come.
Lindsey has been a strong supporter of New York City’s Universal Pre-K program, where thousands of low- and moderate-income children have equal access to education at a young age. In Washington, Lindsey will advocate for a national Universal Pre-K program. Lindsey believes that college should be affordable for all students, regardless of income. She will address the crushing burden of student debt. Every child also deserves to be safe at school. Lindsey is a strong advocate for gun reform laws that will ensure children across America have a safe and secure school environment.