The NY-11th has a multitude of candidates who are running on many a good causes, some of whom we have already covered. Now we get to add Michael De Vito Jr. to the list. Michael is a dedicated Community Leader and United States Marine Corps Veteran born in Brooklyn and raised in Staten Island
Our Health – A Single Payer System is the destination.
There isn’t a single one of us who hasn’t been affected by a loved one’s serious illness and the outright indignation over the cost of medical care from the simplest to the most complicated ailment. We need to wrangle in what health care costs.
“Choice” and “access” and “flexibility” are words thrown around like we’re having a celebration, yet who among us has EVER had a chance to make a choice? Your MRI costs whatever it costs, wherever you get it. The aspirin you get in the hospital? You’ll know the price of it when you see the bill. The intravenous hydration my wife needs regularly has cost us anywhere from 23 cents to over $100 – with no substantiation for the discrepancy.
Drug costs, red tape, huge premium increases just for company profits – these are all opportunities ripe for fixing. And just as much as we’re tired of that nonsense, we won’t tolerate moving backward either. Wellness visits, regular screening, and contraception are key benefits that we aren’t giving up. And it’s not just about our physical and mental health, either: these measures are healthy for our wallets overall.
There are things that must improve, and with courage, and setting aside political grandstanding, we CAN get to a better tomorrow.
The overdevelopment in our district is rampant, which is greatly affecting air quality and challenging the inlands with threats of flooding. Many areas in our district have been dubbed toxic stews due to oil spills from freighters passing through the Kill Van Kull. We have contaminated sites that are in desperate need of remediation. We have wetlands that protects us from coastal flooding that are in jeopardy of being rezone and overdeveloped. Now is the time for action.
Our entire City faces many environmental challenges, and we need to be ready for the next natural catastrophe by improving infrastructure anywhere our district meets a shoreline.
Cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency cannot be tolerated.
We haven’t taken a full and honest look at addressing our immigration laws in the 21st Century, and legislation passed in the past few decades has been piecemeal, temporary, and ineffectual. We owe it to our nation to prioritize this. There are home-born American citizens who feel left behind and under-protected in so many ways, and they believe undocumented people might be getting access to help and services unavailable to them. It’s not a zero-sum game, though, and when we take all the vitriol and false facts out of the equation, there are ACTUALLY solutions we can agree upon and implement.
You can view more of Michael’s stances on the issues on his Priorities Page