Meg will be a strong, collaborative, and principled voice in NYS government. She has the leadership experience and the analytical skills needed to help steer NYS through this current crisis and beyond. Meg is running to represent you.
Meg knows that renewable green energy is crucial for the health of our planet. In 2019, the legislature passed the historic Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which requires the Department of Environmental conservation to set critical greenhouse gas/renewable energy standards to address climate change. Meg’s science background equips her to lead and make these goals a reality by encouraging energy research, innovation, and production and making investments in clean energy infrastructure affordable for businesses and individuals.
Meg feels strongly that all children deserve a high-quality public education, which is a fundamental right. New York currently ranks 49th in the nation’s inequity in school funding. For years, some of the district’s public schools have not received the educational resources that the state has promised. With schools closed, most of the area’s students are continuing their
education online, but not all students in struggling districts have access to online learning. Investing in public education is of paramount importance. Meg will be a positive and vocal advocate for our children and will work to secure full funding for those schools and students currently being shortchanged.
Gun violence rises in times of economic insecurity, so NYS must redouble its efforts to protect residents. Despite great strides towards gun safety, more remains to be done. Today, anyone can build an untraceable “ghost gun” from separate parts. Governor Cuomo has proposed banning individuals from buying significant components of a firearm, rifle, or shotgun online and prohibiting individuals who are forbidden to possess a firearm, rifle, or shotgun from owning a major component of these guns. Meg recognizes this and will advocate for further measures that are necessary to keep the people of her district and all New Yorkers safe from gun violence.
Meg believes that New York needs to do more to help mothers and babies survive childbirth. New York State has an unacceptable maternal mortality record: the rate is 30th in the nation and has doubled in the past 15 years. Every woman who dies in childbirth and every baby who is damaged by difficult labor and delivery is a tragedy. Meg will fight to develop a comprehensive plan to address this disturbing reality and ensure better outcomes for mothers and babies.
The coronavirus crisis exposed gig workers’ extreme vulnerability to unforeseen circumstances. Hard-working people who provide essential services need and deserve a safety net. Furthermore, public health suffers if some New Yorkers face the choice of working while sick or not being able to feed their families. On March 18th, the Assembly passed an emergency paid sick leave bill for employees in traditional jobs but left gig workers unprotected. Meg believes that now is the time for a comprehensive solution to protect all workers in New York.
SOCIAL AND RACIAL JUSTICE
60 years ago, Meg's father-in-law Seth Glickenhaus was instrumental in desegregating the New Rochelle School system, and Meg is running to continue the family tradition of significant activism. Meg and her family support the Equal Justice Initiative, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the United Negro College Fund, the NAACP, and political candidates of color. Meg has also supported candidates of color with her feet, travelling to other counties to ring doorbells for Congressman Antonio Delgado. Meg supports the legislative demands of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus and has vowed to take no money from special interests that would tie her hands.
PROTECTING WORKERS AND JOBS
Fixing the economic devastation wrought by the COVID-19 crisis will be an ongoing, long-term process. Lawmakers must understand the needs of the business community and its valuable employees, who are some of their district’s most vulnerable residents. Meg’s parents were freelance writers with no health insurance, no car, and no savings; her father-in-law founded a successful family business, which her husband eventually helmed. Whether you own or work for a thriving business, or have long struggled to make ends meet, Meg understands and will advocate for your needs.
A recent outcry over a local library’s proposed LGBTQ-friendly programming exposed significant hostility to LGBTQ people and issues in the district. NYS has passed historic LGBTQ-rights bills, but that is not enough. Our district deserves a representative who will speak out and condemn LBGTQ-directed prejudice. Meg stands with the LGBTQ community and will be an outspoken advocate for equal treatment and rights.