Dem Monica Martinez runs for Senate
BY RANDALL WASZYNSKI
Legis. Monica Martinez (D-Brentwood) announced her campaign to run for the NYS Senate 3rd District seat, currently held by Tom Croci (R-Sayville), who has decided not to run for re-election, at a Suffolk County Democratic Committee-run rally at the Portuguese American Center in Brentwood on June 7.
“I will make sure that I fight for Suffolk County, that I fight for the State of New York and will make sure, [alongside] every single Senate candidate who is here with me today, that we will prove [Republicans] wrong that we are not pushovers and that we are going to protect our families here,” Martinez said.
From Brentwood social studies teacher to assistant principal and now Suffolk County legislator, Martinez has received backing from Democratic state and county officials alike for her dedication to improving public schools, cracking down on gang and drug violence, and promoting gender equality in government and in the workforce.
“I will make sure that women have affordable healthcare,” Martinez said. “I will make sure that women stay on top and make sure that women own businesses, get out there and grow. And make sure our women are treated equally as men are, especially in politics, the workforce and sports.”
Martinez has sponsored three pieces of legislation that protect women against sexual harassment in the workplace.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and county Democratic chairman Rich Schaffer spoke as well, and each vouched for Martinez’s qualifications.
Cuomo put a strong emphasis on gun control, referencing the statistic of 23 mass shootings in 2018 thus far. He talked about the SAFE Act — that would apply limitations to legal firearms and require a mental health background check in order to purchase one — and emphasized the importance of Martinez’s education background in the Senate.
“That’s why this election is different,” Cuomo said. “That’s why I called Monica Martinez on the phone and I said, ‘I need you to run.’”
Across several political topics — guns, abortion, taxes — Cuomo emphasized his discontent for the increased far-right backing in elected seats in Albany, which he said seeped from the Republican movement in Washington.
“They are against what made New York, New York,” Cuomo said. “They are disrespectful of our individual rights. And they want to punish us and assault us economically with these tax increases. It couldn’t be worse.”
He focused part of his time before Brentwood and Suffolk locals on June 7 speaking about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the impending federal tax atop property and income taxes. Including New York, 12 states — all of which are blue — are negatively affected by the bill economically.
“They all happen to be states that [President Donald] Trump lost [in the 2016 election],” Cuomo said. “It was literally political retaliation using the tax code.”
In January, Cuomo announced New York’s participation in a multistate coalition, alongside Connecticut and New Jersey, to sue the Trump Administration on the grounds of the bill’s unconstitutionality in financially punishing taxpayers and voters of an opposing party’s state.
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