Public Health

Women’s Reproductive Rights – Pro-Choice

New York should enact the Reproductive Health Act which would establish a fundamental statutory right to privacy in personal reproductive decisions, update New York’s abortion and contraception laws and make sure that abortion is treated as a health and not a criminal law matter.

As a County Legislator, I have been a strong advocate for women’s reproductive rights, having previously served as pro-bono attorney for the Westchester Coalition for Legal Abortion (WCLA). I have proposed County Legislation to protect access to health care facilities in Westchester. As an Assemblyman, I will be a pro-choice leader.

Westchester Medical Center

Westchester Medical Center (WMC) serves as the main trauma center for the five-county region north of New York City. Westchester taxpayers provide its only government subsidy. As a member of a special joint Medical Center-County oversight board, I regularly confront the operational and financial realities of New York health care institutions.

As an Assemblyman, I will work for new measures to bring some additional funding from New York State and from the other counties served by WMC — through a regional tax or some other mechanism — to lessen the financial burden on Westchester taxpayers and insure the financial health of the centerpiece of the five-county health care network.

Access to Care

New York should be making sure that all New Yorkers have access to quality affordable health and medical care. Personal financial hardship should not prevent access to needed health care.  As a County Legislator, I have strongly supported County assistance to non-profit neighborhood health centers that provide good quality medical care in communities where the working poor have no other options except to wait in line at hospital emergency rooms for non-emergency medicine. As an Assemblyman, I will support these and other innovative cost-efficient measures to better meet health and medical care needs.

Gun Safety

New York needs common sense changes in its gun laws to keep guns out of the hands of those who would misuse them. And we need to break the dangerous combination of children and guns that results in more than 10,000 accidental shootings nationwide each year.

As a County Legislator, I have taken on the National Rifle Association (NRA) and made gun owners responsible for their weapons. Now, handgun licenses in Westchester County no longer last forever and must be renewed every six years. All prospective handgun owners must take a gun safety course. All gun owners must safely store their guns when not in their immediate possession or control.

Westchester has the strongest gun laws outside of New York City.

As an Assemblyman, I will pursue statewide legislation modeled on my successes for Westchester. New York law should require state-wide:

– Expiration dates on gun permits

– Training courses for gun-permit applicants

– Safe storage of all guns when not in the hands of the licensed owner

– Microstamping guns and bullets by gun manufacturers to facilitate crime investigations

– A crack-down on “straw purchasers” who buy guns for those who legally can’t