In a year when voter turnout is expected to be high because of the Presidential election, we have a tremendous opportunity to elect candidates across the board who will fight for reproductive health and rights. This is our time to strike as the entire U.S. House of Representatives and New York State Legislature are up for election this year.
In New York we are NOT as safe as you may think. We need 4 seats to win a pro-women's health Senate in order to pass vital legislation, including the Reproductive Services Act and the Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act. These bills would, respectively, codify Roe v. Wade in New York State law and improve access to contraceptives in New York.
PPHP Action Fund Political Committee Announced Endorsements of Pro-Women’s Health Candidates in New York State
On October 13, 2016, Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic Action Fund Political Committee proudly announced the candidates it has endorsed for New York State Senate and Assembly. “Each of these candidates has demonstrated a commitment to protecting and advancing women’s health, which is why we are excited to have the opportunity to support each and every one of them. We know, that if elected or re-elected, they will work to ensure that every woman has access to care, no matter what.” said Reina Schiffrin, Treasurer, Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic Action Fund Political Committee.
The candidates endorsed by the Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic Action Fund Political Committee are as follows:
New York State Senate:
District 3: John DeVito
District 5: James Gaughran
District 35: Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins
District 37: Senator George Latimer
District 39: Chris Eachus
District 40: Ali Boak
New York State Assembly:
District 1: Assemblyman Fred Thiele
District 4: Assemblyman Steve Englebright
District 5: Deborah Slinkosky
District 9: Brendan Cunningham
District 11: Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre
District 88: Assemblywoman Amy Paulin
District 89: Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow
District 90: Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer
District 91: Assemblyman Steve Otis
District 92: Assemblyman Tom Abinanti
District 93: Assemblyman David Buchwald
District 94: Brian Higbie
District 95: Assemblywoman Sandy Galef
District 97: Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee
District 99: Assemblyman Skoufis
PPHP Action Fund, PPNC Action Fund, and PPNYC Votes Rally at Presidential Debate
On Monday, September 26, more than 150 Planned Parenthood Action Fund supporters from across New York joined together to rally in support of long-time champion of women’s health and reproductive rights, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Reina Schiffrin, PPHP Action Fund President & CEO, JoAnn Smith, CEO & President of PPNC Action Fund, Kathryne Smith, a student activist, and Andrea Dora, a patient advocate, spoke about the importance of electing Hillary Clinton as our next President.
You can watch Kathryne's remarks here.
PPHP Action Fund Board Member's Community View
PPHP Action Fund Board Member Joseph M. Coe submitted a Community View about protecting and respecting transgender individual to The Journal News. You can read the whole piece here.
Hillary Clinton Wins NY Primary
April 19 was an historic day in New York! Democratic voters made a clear choice in the New York primary and overwhelmingly supported Hillary Clinton. Planned Parenthood Action Fund and PPHP Action Fund endorsed Secretary Clinton, who has a proven track record of advocating for women throughout her career – as First Lady, as our Senator, and as Secretary of State. None of the Republican candidates will stand up for comprehensive reproductive health care. Each of the remaining Republican candidates seek to deny women the ability to determine their own reproductive health care. We can’t let that happen, so onward to November!
Special Election in SD9
We are thrilled that all of the hard work of the PPHP Action Fund Political Committee (PPHPAFPC) volunteers and the contributions of the PPHPAFPC donors (including many of you!) paid off on April 19 with a victory for Todd Kaminsky in the 9th Senate District in Nassau County. The PPHPAFPC worked very closely with colleagues from Planned Parenthood of Nassau County Action Fund Political Committee and PPNYC Votes to send three mailings for him, get dozens of volunteers to make calls on his behalf, knock on doors, and hire professional canvassers get out the vote. And it worked! Todd Kaminsky was declared the winner.