By John Furman

Citizen Action & Working Families Party Support Cynthia Nixon for Governor

Cynthia Nixon will fight for CNY residents

Citizen Action of New York and the New York State Working Families Party recently endorsed Cynthia Nixon for Governor. We are supporting Cynthia because she supports full funding for public schools, real economic development, and infrastructure programs that will create jobs for Upstate New York residents, and initiatives to make our state more fair and equitable for all.

Since 2001, when Cynthia Nixon’s oldest child entered kindergarten, she has been fighting for better schools and more equitable education funding across New York. All of New York State’s cities and small towns face the same problems with lack of sufficient school funding. Citizen Action has worked with her for many years to fight for more school funding,
Cynthia Nixon will address the racial and economic inequality in this state, starting with repealing Andrew Cuomo’s tax cuts for the rich, so we can fully fund our schools — all our schools. We must level the playing field for students in every part of the state, regardless of their zip code or skin color.

New York is now the most unequal state in the country. We have 438,000 millionaires and billionaires, at a time when over 50% of children in our upstate cities live in poverty.
Everywhere you go in New York, people are hurting from Andrew Cuomo’s budget cuts. He has starved the State and its municipalities of the most basic services that people depend on and decimated NY’s infrastructure – all so he could finance a tax cut for the wealthy. We have some of the worst potholes and other pressing infrastructure needs in Utica which need to be addressed immediately.

Cynthia will clean up the corruption in Albany and end big money’s stranglehold on the state capitol. When she’s Governor, she won’t be bought and paid for by corporate interests, because she is not for sale. Cynthia is not accepting any corporate donations in this campaign.

It’s time for a smarter approach to economic development, in a way that lifts local communities and creates good, high-paying jobs that stay in New York. Instead of handing money over to developers, Cynthia believes that should be investing in our infrastructure and our people, in our schools, affordable housing, and transportation. Every billion dollars spent on transportation infrastructure creates 25,000 jobs.

We also need to adopt a collaborative, bottom-up approach that includes the community in the decision-making process, to ensure that local tax dollars are not only creating good jobs but meeting local needs and making sure residents who need it the most are the prime beneficiaries of any dollars spent.

Governor Cuomo’s approach has not done nearly enough for communities of color and for working class communities of all races. In order for economic development funds to start creating jobs, there needs to be some accountability. Cynthia will work to ensure that accountability and make sure that economic development programs produce real results.
Cynthia is a dedicated activist with a long history of involvement in working for social and economic justice.

Cynthia grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and in Yorkville, where she was raised by her single mother in a one bedroom, fifth-floor walk-up apartment. She is a proud graduate of New York public schools and an even prouder public school parent. Her three children, Sam, Charlie, and Max, are all New York City public school students or graduates.

Cynthia began working as an actor when she was 12 years old to earn money to pay for her college education and has been a proud union member ever since. She continued to act in a variety of film, stage, and TV roles to put herself through Barnard College at Columbia University, and went on to an Emmy, Tony, and Grammy award-winning career. Perhaps best known for her role as Miranda Hobbes on HBO’s hit series, “Sex and the City,” Cynthia received her Grammy for her role in the audio version of “An Inconvenient Truth,” the seminal book warning about the dangers of climate change.

For the last 17 years, Cynthia has been fighting for better schools and more equitable education funding all across the state, including as a spokesperson and organizer for the Alliance for Quality Education, which helped to reverse hundreds of million in education budget cuts. Cynthia has traveled the state, met with legislators, and spoken out in Albany on numerous occasions to demand that public schools in every district get the resources they need, regardless of income level. For her work promoting educational and racial justice in New York state, she was honored at the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network’s Triumph Awards.

A lifelong Democrat, Cynthia is a well-known, outspoken advocate for LGBT equality. In 2010, Cynthia helped create Fight Back New York, an effort to remove state Senators opposed to same-sex marriage. The campaign ultimately raised $800,000 and helped elect three new Senators in support of marriage equality. Cynthia worked with the Empire State Pride Agenda to fight for marriage equality in New York state and traveled around the country to support similar efforts in Maryland, Washington, and New Jersey.

In 2010, GLAAD honored Cynthia with the Vito Russo Award, given to an LGBT figure in the media “who have made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community”.

Cynthia has also pushed for women’s reproductive rights, including representing Planned Parenthood in Albany to advocate for the full Women’s Equality Agenda, including the right to choose. A breast cancer survivor, Cynthia has been a spokesperson educating women about the importance of early detection and being proactive about seeking treatment.
Cynthia is married to longtime education organizer Christine Marinoni, who until recently worked at the New York City Department of Education.

The Working Families Party and Citizen Action believe that she is the best choice for Governor. By voting her on the WFP line, you will send a message that economic fairness, racial and gender justice, shared prosperity, environmental sustainability, union rights, and clean and fair elections must be the guiding principles for our state government. For volunteer for the campaign, contact 315.725.0974 or uticaromewfp@gmail.com.

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