New York Uprising - Naming Names BY EDWARD I. KOCH
I am proud to report to you that already 17 State Legislative candidates and incumbents have formally affirmed their commitment to reform by signing the New York Uprising pledges.
Who are these early signers?
They are incumbents and insurgents; Democrats and Republicans; Senators and Assemblymembers; from big-city, suburban and rural districts.
Like the rest of us, they are tired of Albany dysfunction -- and I believe we can trust them to work toward changing it.
And as the first round of signers, these are the individuals who are most attuned to these issues. They get the urgency of ethics reform, budget reform, and ending the unfair system of legislative apportionment. And they get how this year, voters want commitment.
Meet our first Heroes of Reform. I urge all Reform-minded New Yorkers to support them.
Lynn Nunes (D), candidate for 10th SD (Queens)
Senator Frank Padavan (R), 11th SD (Queens)
Mike DiSanto (D), candidate for 22nd SD (Brooklyn)
Senator Liz Krueger (D), 26th SD (Manhattan)
Senator Tom Duane (D), 29th SD (Manhattan)
Carlos Ramos (D), candidate for 32nd SD (Bronx)
Frank Vernuccio (R), candidate for 34th SD (Westchester)
Assembly Republican Leader Brian Kolb (R), 129th AD (Canandaigua)
Assemblymember Philip Boyle (R), 8th AD (Suffolk)
Jeremiah Frei-Pearson (D), candidate for 36th AD (Queens)
Bryan Pu-Folkes (D), candidate for 39th AD (Queens)
Doug Biviano (D), candidate for 52nd AD (Brooklyn)
Nicole Malliotakis (R), candidate for 60th AD (Staten Island)
Assemblymember Micah Kellner (D), 65th AD (Manhattan)
Luis Sepulveda (D), candidate for 76th AD (Bronx)
Assemblymember George Latimer (D), 91st AD (Westchester)
Phil LaTessa (D), candidate for 119th AD (Syracuse)
Of course, we have to recognize that 17 signers is only a good start. The number of eligible candidates and incumbents is far greater. That only means that all of us have much work ahead.
Mayor Edward I. Koch
Founder, New York Uprising
The Honorable Edward Irving Koch served New York City as its 105th Mayor from 1978 to 1989.