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When did politics become all show and no work?

Politics these days is all about showmanship. While hardworking folks face crises – skyrocketing cost of living; access to quality, affordable health care; intensifying consequences of climate change – politicians on both sides of the aisle don't seem to care about solving problems. We all know the drill:

  1. An issue makes the news.
  2. Politicians race to get on camera with carefully-crafted soundbites.
  3. The political bickering becomes the news story, and the issue is forgotten.
  4. Nothing gets done.
  5. Rinse.
  6. Repeat.

That's not why I got into public service. I ran for School Board and then for the Nassau County legislature to deliver results on issues that matter to our community. And it's why I continue to lead the charge right here in Nassau County to make our restaurants safer for all those with food allergies.

Look, I get that to a lot of folks, protecting people from food allergens isn't exactly a top priority. But for millions of other families, food allergies are a matter of life and death. More than 200,000 Americans a year require emergency care to treat allergic reactions to food. And the problem is growing, especially among children.

Restaurants, in particular, are a minefield for people with food allergies. That's why I passed a law in 2019 that protects patrons, provides training for restaurant staff, and increases awareness of the eight major food allergens. And it's why just last month, I sponsored a bill to create the Nassau County EpiPen pilot program, helping reimburse restaurants for EpiPen purchases to keep all patrons safe.

In other words, solutions.

Passing laws that make our communities safer and improve people's lives is the reason why I'm running for Congress. It's the most important reason anyone should run for Congress. New Yorkers agree. It's why our movement is thousands strong, and growing every day.

I'm proud to be in this fight with you,


Posted on April 11, 2022.
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