HUDSON VALLEY, NY - New Yorkers will be hitting the polls on June 23 for the primary election to choose which representatives will be running will be on the ballot for the general election in November.
Among the local races, some residents of the Hudson Valley will be able to elect who will run on the Republican line for NY State Senate District 38.
The oddly-drawn district covers Rockland and, across the Hudson River, Ossining in Westchester County.
In anticipation of the election, Patch asked candidates in the contested races to answer questions about their campaigns and will be publishing candidate profiles as election day draws near.
Matthew Weinberg is seeking the GOP line on the ballot in November. His opponent in the June 23 primary is William J. Weber, Jr. The winner will face the winner of a three-way Democratic primary.
A paralegal, Weinberg graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University in 2019. The 23-year-old lives in Ramapo.
Check out Patch's full Q&A with Matthew Weinberg
Why are you seeking elective office?
Rockland and Westchester counties are the highest taxed counties in the nation. As a consequence, people are leaving New York in droves. It is unacceptable. I am running to: 1) reduce our taxes; 2) fix our education system; 3)repeal the disastrous bail reform laws that allowed violent offenders out on the streets; 4) improve public transportation to the city to attract business investment; and 5) to advocate for a new, private state-of-the-art hospital in Rockland County. I want New York to remain the greatest place to live on earth. My experience working for both Democrats and Republicans, and being in both the public and private schools, makes me the perfect candidate for this office.
The single most pressing issue facing our nation/state/community is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it.
The economic and health impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic. This is precisely why now, more than ever, we need to build a new, private state-of-the-art hospital in Rockland County. The demand is here. We pay extraordinary taxes, yet we do not have enough high-quality hospitals. As soon as I get elected, I will be advocating with public officials to build this hospital right away.
In terms of the economic impact, we need to reduce all of our taxes wherever possible. Our top priority is to spur economic growth. With our incredible tax burden, growth and economic recovery become even more difficult. This, on top of grants and loans will make it easier for individuals and small business owners to get back into shape.
What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post?
I am outsider and I do not owe anyone anything. I am not in this race for self-promotion or to make a couple of dollars. I am not a puppet of the establishment. Everything I do is for ALL the people of New York. I want to continue living in New York and build a future for the people of this state.
If you are a challenger, in what way has the current board or officeholder failed the community (or district or constituency)
This is an open seat. The incumbent, David Carlucci, is running for Congress.
Describe the other issues that define your campaign platform
- Increase state funding for schools and lower our school taxes without increasing our tax burden.
- Repeal the disastrous bail reform laws and ensure violent offenders stay behind bars.
- Tax reform by pushing New York State to fully fund Medicaid instead of forcing our counties to pay for it.
- Advocate with public officials to build a new private, state-of-the-art hospital in Rockland County.
- Improve public transportation to the city to attract business investment.
What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?
Working with both political parties, and understanding how to separate political agendas from real issues that impact the constituents of my district, was the best part of my experience thus far. I am not interested in partisanship. I am interested in getting stuff done. Working with Congresswoman Nita Lowey, and the late Senator John McCain gave me the skills to work with people from all communities. This will serve me well in the State Senate.
The best advice ever shared with me was:
Keep fighting for what is right, even when it is unpopular. The truth is a moral virtue. Live it and speak it every day.
What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions?
I am in this race for the people of New York. If I don’t do my job, please vote me out. However, I do ask for you to kindly give me a shot. I am optimistic about our future, but we need the right candidates in office.
Campaign website: www.matthewrweinberg.com