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A Note From Senator Gillibrand On Health Care Reform


September 24, 2009
Dear Mr. Silverstein:

Thank you for writing to me about the current state of our healthcare system.  I share your concerns and am committed to finding a solution that will give quality, affordable health care to every American.

I believe that by opening up a not-for-profit public health plan like a “Medicare for all,” we can ensure that every American has access to quality, affordable healthcare where anyone could buy in at an affordable rate, such as 5% of their income.  In the world’s wealthiest nation, it’s unconscionable that people are turned away from coverage because of a pre-existing condition and that families are just one illness away from bankruptcy.

Offering a public health care plan option to compete with private insurers is the best way to truly lower health costs, improve quality of care and ensure access to care in rural and other underserved areas.  Injecting healthy competition into the health care market is the only way to achieve real health care reform.  I am committed to addressing this important issue and will work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle toward a bipartisan solution.

 Again, thank you for contacting me about health care.  Please keep in touch with my office regarding any future legislation and concerns you may have.  For more information on this and other important issues being discussed in the United States Senate, please visit my website and sign up for my e-newsletter.

Sincerely Yours,

Kirsten Gillibrand
United States Senator

Senator Schumer Supports Gay Marriage

New York State’s Senior United States Senator Chuck Schumer came out in support of same sex marriage yesterday. In an email statement Senator Schumer said “It’s time”. “Equality is something that has always been a hallmark of America and no group should be deprived of it”. Senator Schumer had previously been a supporter of Civil Unions but not gay marriage. Senator Schumer now joins NYC Mayor  Bloomberg, Governor Paterson, and U.S. Senator Gillibrand who all support same sex marriage. NYSYD commends Senator Schumer for switching his position on this issue.

5 Thngs You Can Do To Help Scott Murphy

By Al Benninghoff – MYD President & NYC Volunteer Coordinator for Scott Murphy For Congress


You may have heard about the special election on March 31st to fill the congressional seat left vacant by the recent appointment of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. You may also know that we are supporters of the Democratic Candidate in that race, Scott Murphy. Unfortunately, too many people don’t realize that the race is less than 4 weeks away or think that this race is in the bag. It is not!

The Republican Nominee in this race is Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, the current Republican Leader of the NYS Assembly. His candidacy has brought on the full onslaught of the Republican Machine. They’re throwing every dollar and ounce of influence they have into this race because they want to make this race a referendum on President Obama’s economic policy. Think about the message it would send to the rest of the country if the Republicans squeeze out a victory in our backyard at a time when the media is looking for any event to gauge public reaction to the fiscal crisis. It could undermine everything we are trying to do in Washington. We need your help, and we need it now.

Here are five (5) things you can do:

1) PHONE BANK any day of the week. Weekdays from 6PM to 9PM and weekends from 12PM to 8PM at the NYS Democratic Party Headquarters (461 Park Avenue South @ 31st St., 10th Floor). Bring your friends. R.S.V.P. for any of the phone banks on our website at

2) JOIN THE FACEBOOK GROUPNYC for Scott Murphy” and invite your friends to join:

3) LISTEN TO SCOTT IN PERSON on March 12th at Retreat Lounge (37 W 17th Street @ 5th Ave). This event will be hosted by DL21C, and they’re charging $7 for admission. R.S.V.P. here. (

4) CONTRIBUTE at  and learn about Scott.

5) FORWARD this message to all of your friends to get the word out about this campaign and Scott Murphy.

A little bit about Scott Murphy:

Saving and creating jobs, growing small businesses, and finding new ways to tackle old problems – these are the things Scott has done successfully for more than 15 years.

While professional politicians just talk about the need to create jobs, Scott has first-hand experience actually creating them. He’s built successful companies, helped create over 1,000 jobs, and worked to make small businesses the economic engines of their communities. Scott’s been blessed to live the American dream. After graduating from Harvard, Scott became a high-tech entrepreneur. He founded Small World Software, later sold to iXL. Scott has also worked as an aide to two Democratic Governors, Mel Carnahan and Roger Wilson, serving as the Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Roger Wilson of Missouri.

Get active, get involved, invite your friends, change the world!

Do it TODAY!