James Skoufis and Matt Rettig
Matt Rettig is running for the Assembly seat vacated by James Skoufis.
The hot pink lawn signs Women for Schmitt baffle me. Most women I know want their candidate to demonstrate he is for THEM.
Matt Rettig is that candidate. He’s pledged to carry on the work of his predecessor, James Skoufis, and support legislation such as the Contraceptive Coverage Act; Pay Equity; Victims of Violence Act; and the complete Reproductive Health Act. He will not block this legislation like the Republicans have done.
Matt wants legislation that secures women’s rights and makes NY a more compassionate state for our seniors, daughters and granddaughters.
Matt is FOR women who work for small businesses but don’t have legal protections from sexual harassment; for changing NY law to allow those woman to recover legal fees; for protecting victims of sex trafficking from being protected for prostitution.
Matt is FOR women and wants to ensure that working mothers are paid the same salaries as men with children. He wants to prevent realtors and landlords from discriminating against victims of domestic violence. Matt trusts women to make their own decisions about reproductive health care. He will fights for women to have access to contraception in insurance plans that also cover Viagra.
When electing our next Assemblyman, women should consider Matt Rettig. He demonstrates through his positions and actions that he is the only candidate who is truly FOR women ilies would not be able to make the decisions they want around hospice, pain medication, removing a patient from life support.
The personhood movement is radical. People who support it are out of touch with women and families.
Women in New York do not need an extremist making decisions for them. Colin Schmitt is wrong for women. He’s wrong for our district and he’s wrong for NY.
Colin Schmitt’s has no place making decisions affecting the lives of women. I was disappointed to see Colin proudly welcome the support of the Right to Life, a group that endorses candidates who promise to fight for their radical agenda.
Women can’t afford an Assemblyman who supports legislation that defines life from the second a sperm fertilizes an egg. If we elect people who support this definition of personhood, we can say goodbye to women’s rights to make their own reproductive decisions.
Bills defining personhood have passed in other states. Under these laws, anything that harms that "person" would be criminal. Women who terminate a pregnancy would be criminals. Doctors who help women would be considered criminals.
Colin’s support for this view places him out of the mainstream.
Personhood laws mean that medical professionals would have to withhold care until a patient's life is truly in danger. If they accidentally do something seen as causing the death of an embryo or fetus, it could be considered manslaughter. Women who need life saving treatments would have no more rights to care than her fetus. A smoker could be charged with harming the health of a fetus. Certain forms of contraception would be illegal. In vitro fertilization could also be banned because not every embryo created survives the implantation process, and unused embryos are often destroyed. End-of-life care would be limited and patients and their families would not be able to make the decisions they want around hospice, pain medication, removing a patient from life support.
As Woodbury's Assemblyman, James Skoufis Put People First
Reynaldo Hernandez and family.
Village Trustee Candidates Stephen Hunter Jr. and Rey Hernandez with Assembly Candidate Matt Rettig
Rettig wants AG to probe $2M Senate grant to KJ
By CHRI S MCKENNA | Published: SEPTEMBER 27, 2018
Democratic Assembly candidate Matt Rettig has asked Attorney General Barbara Underwood to investigate a $2 million state grant that Senate Republicans gave Kiryas Joel without identifying the sponsor, attributing the funding instead to all 31 members of their majority conference.
Rettig, a Cornwall resident and airline pilot running for the 99th Assembly District, held a press conference in Sugar Loaf on Thursday to announce his letter to Underwood, which calls
the grant “highly suspicious” because it was the only one out of hundreds the Senate distributed that didn’t identify which senator requested the funding. Republicans initially left
blank the place that would name the sponsor, and later added the words “REP CONFERENCE” after the Times Herald-Record asked for the name earlier this year.
“My concern with this appropriation being an anonymous or ‘dark’ request is that the public has no way of knowing who made the request, and thus has no way of asking the legislator about it,” Rettig wrote. “Still worse, a grant made in this manner invites suspicion that there was an explicit arrangement of quid pro quo, whereby an anonymous Senator bestows this grant not from himself to an unpopular constituency but rather from the ‘Rep Conference’ with the understanding that the community that benefits from this largess must cast votes for the same unknown Republican Senator.”
Rettig said he wants the attorney general to “ensure there was no illegal quid pro quo” and recommend that all legislative grants identify the sponsor – “so that the public can be certain who is directing money to which projects and constituencies.”
The $2 million grant was awarded for Kiryas Joel to widen several roads, and was drawn from a pork-barrel program controlled by majority conferences in the Legislature – Senate Republicans and Assembly Democrats.
Rettig and Colin Schmitt of New Windsor are running for the 99th Assembly District seat, which Assemblyman James Skoufis is vacating to run for Senate. The district consists of nine towns in Orange County and one in Rockland. ###