Kingston, NYCitizen Action of New York’s members, leaders and volunteers are celebrating Working Families Party candidate Michelle Hinchey’s breakout victory in Senate District 46. Michelle has vowed to fight for police reform, mental health care, fully funded schools, affordable housing, climate action and more. Citizen Action of New York endorsed Michelle and contacted thousands of Hudson Valley voters leading up to the election. 

“I’m delighted the New York Senate will have one more voice for the environment in newly elected Michelle Hinchey.  I believe she will support the state’s aggressive climate legislation and help to push forward the Climate and Community Investment Act,” said Beth Strum, a volunteer with Citizen Action of New York’s Hudson Valley chapter. “With a change in the White House, the nation will be watching New York’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gasses while supporting vulnerable communities. Michelle Hinchey will be a true advocate for climate. Michelle also knows the critical importance of keeping education fully funded—K-12, SUNY campuses and University Medical Centers. She will work to find state funding that’s so badly needed, especially now.”

“Michelle Hinchey’s win is a great win for the 46th State Senate District.  But winning is only step one.  We are counting on Michelle’s pledge to make our communities stronger for the future.  One sure way to do this is to close the opportunity gap in public education,” said Charlotte Adamis, a volunteer with Citizen Action of New York’s Hudson Valley chapter. “Too many of our children—our Black and Brown children, our children impacted by poverty, our ENL children, and our children with disabilities—have disproportionately shouldered the state’s long history of unjust funding of public education.  The fallout from the pandemic has only made the pain more real for these children and their families. I hope that Michelle will prove herself to be a leader in the fight for equitable funding.”