A Message from Sarita
I’m running for Assembly because residents of the Hudson Valley deserve a real advocate in Albany.
In the Assembly I pledge to stand up against special interests, and fight for a fair shake for our neighbors who need lower taxes, affordable health care coverage, help with the opioid crisis, and better public schools.
I'm an attorney, a small business owner, and a first generation American. I've been standing up for what's right all my life; now, I'm ready to stand up where it matters most.
Keeping the Hudson Valley Affordable
The Hudson Valley is one of the most beautiful places in the world to live and work; but it is also an expensive place to raise a family. As the cost of living goes up and the socioeconomic divide grows, many families who have lived here for generations find it increasingly difficult to stay. As an attorney, business owner, and member of our community, I see first-hand the overwhelming burden being placed on Hudson Valley taxpayers. In Albany, I will fight to lower our taxes, to create new green jobs, and to preserve our communities so that retirees and young families alike can afford to remain in the communities they love and have helped build.
Improving Affordable Healthcare Access
and Supporting Small Business
Perhaps the biggest threat to our community is access to healthcare. We see this more than ever with the onslaught of COVID-19 and the opioid crisis. In Albany, I will stand up to insurance companies, fight to lower prescription drug costs, and fight for better access to healthcare to allow our communities to come back from COVID-19 and create a better economic and entrepreneurial environment for growing local businesses at home.
Protecting Our Seniors and Aging in Place
Whether it's our parents or our neighbors, the senior members of our community deserve the right to comfortably age in place and remain in the communities they call home. As an elder law attorney, I recognize the issues facing seniors; and as a Member of the Assembly, I will work on their behalf to lower taxes and to ensure the availability of quality and affordable homecare services, assisted living facilities, nursing home services, and public transportation.
Supporting and Improving
Our Public Schools
The strength of our communities and young people is tantamount to the success of our public schools. Supporting our public schools is vital to the success of our communities. A former public school teacher, I understand the lengths teachers will go to, often out of their own pockets, to provide the best for their students. I will always vote to fully fund our schools and to give our kids the resources they need, including the STEM programs they must have to be prepared for a 21st century economy and world and is committed to reevaluating our systems of funding to ensure that all students, regardless of zip code, have a fair shot of getting into a good college or pursuing whatever career they choose.
Protecting Our Environment and
Investing in Clean Energy
Climate change poses irreversible damage to our environment both abroad and right here in the Hudson Valley. Moreover, CPV’s continued pollution of our air and the deforestation of our forests and rural land also pose a risk to the quality of life we sustain here in the Hudson Valley. In Albany, I’m committed to fighting for and maintaining your right to clean air and water by introducing legislation to keep bad faith actors like CPV in check and supporting and advancing ongoing efforts to preserve the natural beauty of our area and keep our natural resources clean.
Protecting Our Veterans
Our veterans have given everything to protect us and our country, we must do what we can to protect them at home. Chronic homelessness, unemployment, and mental health conditions are just some of the numerous issues that plague our veterans when they return home from combat or are discharged. As the home of West Point, the Purple Heart National Hall of Honor, and numerous other historical sites important to our country’s military and history, the 99th District should be leading this movement by example. By working with fellow lawmakers at the local and state level and with veterans groups, in Albany I will work to create more jobs and employment pathways for vets, secure better mental health resources, and work to repair our fledgling VA hospital system here in New York State because protecting those who protect us should never be a bipartisan issue.