As both a farmer and a community member in the 121st Assembly District, I know that there are a great many issues that are impacting this community on a daily basis. Throughout this campaign, I have chosen to focus on three main pillars that highlight what I believe are the most critical overarching issues.
These three pillars are: Climate Change, Agriculture, and Infrastructure.
Changing climate brings unique challenges, but I believe that the goals of sustaining our agricultural way of life and of combating climate change are not only compatible, but offer a great opportunity for us to move forward into a modernized economy. I will work to modernize our infrastructure and agriculture, ensuring the resilience of our farms and all of our communities while making them more efficient and better capable of reducing waste.
There is no such thing as a strong upstate economy without a strong farm economy. Legislation written by Albany bureaucrats, not business owners, is making it hard for family farms and upstate businesses to survive. As a farmer and partner at Mosher Farms, I know exactly what real people in the agriculture industry need. I will take my knowledge, as I already have in my work for the Vegetable Growers Association, and lead the push for modernized legislation that actually addresses our needs as farmers.
As an aide to Rachel May, I have already been able to push representatives to better understand the needs of rural New Yorkers. Put me in Albany, and you won’t just get a seat at the table - you’ll get a commanding voice leading the way on agricultural policy.
Poor infrastructure and a lack of broadband access stand in the way of economic success for our businesses and farms. I believe that we need to invest in 21st Century clean technology infrastructure and expand access to broadband to help our community thrive.
The COVID-19 crisis has put many of us in an awkward and difficult position. One in every five rural New Yorkers doesn’t have access to broadband. That means that they can’t work from home and are stuck without connection to the outside world. This crisis is proving what we already knew: access to broadband, in today’s economy, is a necessity and a right.