Author Archives: pystew

About pystew

Retired Teacher, political science geek, village trustee. I lean a little left, but like a good political discussion. My blog, the New NY 23rd (http://newny23rd) is about discussing the issues facing the people of our new congressional district. Let's hear all sides of the issues, not just what the candidates want us to hear.

What can concerned voters do?

This article was submitted by Jamie Sorrentino, who can be contacted at nydistrict23@gmail. Many voters in NY’s 23rd district are concerned about what might happen to this country in an incoming Trump administration: Will ACA be repealed without a sensible plan to take … Continue reading

Posted in 2018, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Organize locally to create resistance to Trump’s policies

On Wednesday, January 4 The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC) had a segment about a group of former progressive congressional staffers who created a guide to help small local groups create resistance to the Trump/GOP agenda. They incorporated the strategies used by the … Continue reading

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Working Together to Keep America Moving Forward

In September I became one of the two new C0-Chairs of the Yates County Democratic Committee. After the election we decided to pause and take time to understand what we in the NY 23rd, and the rest of the country, had … Continue reading

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Minimum Wage Increase and Non-Profits

New York State’s Minimum Wage is set to increase as of December 31. For the NY 23rd and other upstate communities, that means it will go from $9/hr to $9.70/hr (or for a 40 hour work week from $18,750 to … Continue reading

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Stand Up for Medicare

This “op-ed” was written by Ann Sullivan, an Ithaca resident. It was originally published in the Ithaca Journal and the Elmira Star-Gazette.   Elections have consequences. Voters in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes chose President-elect Donald Trump and returned Rep. … Continue reading

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Reed, in his own words, at Barrington

The following article was first sent to the NewNY23rd as a comment to “Rep. Reed’s Town Hall Hand-Outs Previewed“. It was written by Steve Beikirch of Plattsburgh (Steuben), who attended the Barrington (Yates) Town Hall Meeting. It was reprinted as a … Continue reading

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Rep. Reed’s Town Hall Hand-Outs Previewed

Rep. Tom Reed handed out four papers to those who attended his December 10 Town Hall Meetings. At the Barrington Town Hall Meeting he quickly went over the Congressional Priorities, spoke about the “Simple, Fair Tax Filing Postcard” and made quick … Continue reading

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