Letter to the Editor: Schmitt’s voting record is appalling

Dear Editor:
Currently, there is a lot of attention being given to our national elections, but it is important to be an educated voter at the local level too. Our representative in the State Assembly, Colin Schmitt, votes on issues that directly affect our day-to-day lives in NY State.
Colin’s voting record in Albany is appalling.
Here are just a few examples:
He voted NO to increase the number of Speed Cameras in School Zones. He voted NO to prohibit firearms on School Campuses. He voted NO to Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Gender Identity or Expression. He voted NO to extend the voter registration cut-off. He voted NO to require Internet Service Providers to comply with Net Neutrality rules. He voted NO to prohibit 3D printed firearms. He voted NO to prohibit harassment of rent-regulated tenants. And, during a pandemic, he voted NO to authorizing absentee voting due to the risk of contracting a disease.
Colin Schmitt’s voting is not in line with what he says on the campaign trail. He says he supports women and families. However, Colin’s voting record does not support equality for women, seniors, minorities, and keeping our community safe. Colin’s voting record lines up with his political party’s interests, not his constituents.
His record ignores the needs of single parents, struggling families, and undermines their health care and financial needs. I cannot support someone whose votes ignore these important issues.

Sarita Bhandarkar’s record demonstrates true advocacy for families, women, minorities, seniors, and the principle that constituents come first.

Sarita is a small business owner, a lawyer, a former public-school teacher, and a fierce advocate for the underserved in our community.

I will be voting for Sarita Bhandarkar for NY State Assembly as I know she will be a better representative for me, and for our community.

Stephen Hunter
Highland Mills, NY
The opinions expressed in this letter are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Mid Hudson News.


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