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Shelley Mayer is the Change We Need

From Yonkers to Bedford, from White Plains to the Sound Shore, Shelley knows our communities and has always been willing to stand up against the status quo to protect Westchester, Her children all attended public schools here, so she's always been an advocate for better school funding and tuition relief, She fought the NRA to pass effective, common-sense gun laws, and defeated big pharma to give us better tools to fight opioid abuse. 

+ Cleaning up Albany's Culture of Corruption

Shelley has never been afraid to stand up to corruption, even if it meant taking on members of her own party. As Counsel to the State Senate Democrats, Shelley was the architect of an unprecedented legal effort to expel disgraced Senator Hiram Monserrate from office after he was convicted of domestic violence. As a State Assemblymember, Shelley led the Reform Caucus and one of the first members to call on Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to resign when he was indicted on corruption charges. Shelley Mayer has always stood up for what's right, helping pass a law to strip the pensions of public officials who violate the public trust and fighting for legislation that cracks down on politicians who use their offices for private gain.

+ Strongly Support the Property Tax Cap to Protect Taxpayers

Westchester is a beautiful place to live and raise a family, but high taxes and increasing costs are making it harder and harder by the day. Now, the new Trump tax plan will crush Westchester’s residents – who already pay some of the highest property taxes in the nation. As State Senator, Shelley will stand with the Governor to fight back against Trump’s assault on New Yorkers by supporting the New York State Taxpayer Protection Act; and she’ll work with local leaders to promote shared services and other cost-saving measures.

Shelley has voted for and passed two major tax cuts in the past five years. Now, the new Trump tax plan will crush Westchester’s residents who already pay some of the highest property taxes in the nation. As State Senator, Shelley will stand with the Governor to fight back against Trump’s assault on New Yorkers and she’ll work with local leaders to promote shared services and other cost-saving measures.

+ Standing up to the NRA to pass stronger gun safety laws

Shelley has stood up to the NRA to pass the NY Safe Act, one of the toughest gun laws in the nation which requires stricter background checks, bans assault weapons, and cracks down on out-of-state gun dealers in New York. In the State Senate, she’ll stand up to Republican efforts to repeal the Safe Act, and she’ll break through Republican roadblocks for common sense legislation to ban deadly bump stocks, or keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals and children. As our nation awakens and finally stands up to demand action on gun safety, Shelley knows that we need to change the Senate’s leadership to end the NRA’s stranglehold on our State Senate.

+ Reforming Outdated Sexual Harassment Laws and Defending Womens Rights

Shelley has spent her career standing up for gender equality, women’s access to healthcare, equal pay, and an end to sexual harassment and abuse. In the Senate, she’ll work to end the Senate Republicans’ years-long roadblock on critical legislation including the Reproductive Health Act and the Child Victims Act. In addition, Shelley strongly supports Governor Cuomo’s proposed reforms to prevent sexual harassment and better protect victims.

+ Delivering Fair Funding for all our Schools

Shelley is a lifelong advocate for strong public schools, delivering record funding for local schools as an Assemblymember and securing over half a billion dollars for school construction and renovation. As State Senator, she’ll work every day to ensure that Westchester schools get their fair share; stand strong against the misuse and overuse of standardized testing; and protect the rights of parents to have a say in their children’s schools.

+ Addressing Climate Change and Flooding

With Westchester sandwiched between the Hudson River and the Sound shore coastline, we are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change – from increased flooding to wind damage from major storms. Shelley Mayer has been a vigorous advocate for the protection of our environment, cosponsoring a bill that prohibited oil barges from anchoring in the Hudson River and securing $3 million for flood mitigation aid after Hurricane Sandy. Shelley also believes that climate change denial is a hurting our future and supported Climate and Community Protection Act, a bill that would help put New York on track to minimize the adverse impacts of climate change through a reduction in statewide greenhouse gas emissions and improve the resiliency of the state with respect to the impacts and risks of climate change.

+ Combating the Opioid Epidemic

The opioid crisis is one of the most serious problems facing Westchester and New York State. While in the Assembly, Shelley sponsored legislation that makes naloxone, a life-saving drug that stops opioid overdoses, more easily available. The law requires any pharmacy with 20 or more locations to pursue or maintain a standing order to disperse naloxone or to register with the NYS Department of Health as an Opioid Overdose Prevention Program. These requirements ensure that more pharmacists will be trained in administering naloxone and Governor Cuomo signed it into law in 2016. In the State Senate, Shelley will continue to advocate for programs that support those battling addiction and resources that crack down on the prevalence of opioids in Westchester and across New York.