What We Stand For | New York State Democratic Party

What We Stand For

Washington Republicans are waging war on New York, our people, and our values. With the support of New York Republicans like John Faso, Claudia Tenney, John Katko, and others, they have attacked women, workers, people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ people, and middle-class families by raising taxes on our families in order to fund tax cuts for the wealthy in other states. New York Republicans have taken a page straight out of the Trump playbook, sold out the people they represent, and obstructed the progress that New Yorkers demand. New York Democrats are holding Republicans accountable and continuing to build on our record as the nation's progressive capitol!

New York already sends $48 billion more to Washington each year than we get back. Now Republicans want to increase that by another $14 billion. This hits millions of New Yorkers with higher taxes, averaging $3,200 per family. The plan also boots nearly 850,000 people off their health insurance. Governor Cuomo and New York Democrats are hitting back, taking bold action to ease the blow to our middle-class families by restructuring the tax code, and bringing leaders from several states together to file suit against the Republicans' politically motivated attack on taxpayers.

As Republicans provide giveaways to hedge fund billionaires, Governor Cuomo and New York Democrats have stood side by side with workers, enacting the country's first statewide $15 minimum wage to ensure millions of workers across all industries make a livable wage, Paid Family Leave which protects those providing care for an infant or sick loved one, and wage theft enforcement, which has returned millions of dollars in stolen wages to tens of thousands of workers, and much more!

New York is the birthplace of the women's rights movement. We stand on the shoulders of giants like Shirley Chisholm and Bella Abzug, Geraldine Ferraro, and Mary Burnett Talbot – and we will never back down. New York Democrats are leading the fight to protect Roe V. Wade, end sexual harassment in the workforce, keep guns out of the hands of those guilty of domestic violence, ensure access to affordable contraception, and much more.

New York Democrats raised the age of criminal responsibility to 18-years-old, and have enacted new programs for intervention-based treatment for non-violent young adults. Governor Cuomo also appointed the nation's first and only special prosecutor in matters relating to the deaths of unarmed civilians caused by law enforcement officers, and in 2018, we are leading efforts to end cash bail – because no one should remain behind bars because they lack the resources to post bail.

When the Sandy Hook tragedy happened, New York Democrats took common-sense action, requiring universal background checks on gun purchases, increasing penalties for people who use illegal guns, setting a penalty of life in prison without parole for anyone who murders a first responder, and establishing the toughest assault weapons ban in the country.

No other state in the country has taken stronger action to combat climate change, and ensure clean air and water for all residents, than New York. Governor Cuomo enacted a groundbreaking fracking ban, and New York Democrats have set a bold agenda to ensure that 50% of all electricity consumed by 2030 comes from renewable sources. We're also on the path to building the nation's largest offshore wind farm, and creating good jobs while fighting climate change through a growing solar energy industry.

In 2011, New York became the largest state in the nation to pass Marriage Equality, ensuring that same-sex couples are treated equally, and with dignity under the law. Governor Cuomo and New York Democrats have also taken decisive action to enact new protections for transgender New Yorkers, even as Republicans in the state Legislature attempted to stonewall progress.

New Yorkers led efforts throughout history to ensure everyone has the right to vote. But Republicans in the state Legislature have obstructed progress on improving our laws to ensure that people can exercise that right. New York Democrats are leading the charge in 2018 to open the doors to our democracy by advancing reforms that will establish early voting, automatic registration, same-day registration, and no-fault absentee ballots.

Governor Cuomo and New York Democrats have increased education funding by nearly $3 billion in recent years, and given 3- and 4-year-olds access to the services that help them grow with universal pre-K. New York Democrats also established nation's first free public college tuition program, providing middle-class families and individuals making up to $125,000 per year the opportunity to attend college tuition-free at all CUNY and SUNY two- and four-year colleges in New York State.