Rebuilding our region means creating jobs. I understand the importance of sustainable jobs with decent living wages in the Hudson Valley and the Catskills. My parents worked for General Electric before most of those jobs disappeared. I will push for banks to lend to small businesses so they can expand and create the jobs we need. I will work to draw investments and businesses to the district, including those in growth industries like tech and clean energy so that we can match the trained workers to the businesses that need them. I will fight for policies that reward investment and job creation in the district, not outsourcing. And I will oppose any trade agreements that are not beneficial to the Hudson Valley and the Catskills.
Protecting the jobs of the hundreds of thousands of teachers, healthcare workers, service workers, farmers, and factory workers in the district, requires investing in those industries and communities, and protecting the resources upon which they rely. I want to ensure that local small businesses are no longer crippled by regulations while massive corporations play by their own set of rules. I will be an ally to small businesses, workers, and labor unions, not big corporations and special interests. And I will fight to increase the minimum wage.