Robert Jackson today has released a five-point election reform agenda to increase voter participation across New York State.
Robert Jackson has proposed a five-point campaign finance reform plan and called on all State Senate candidates across New York to join him in signing a pledge to finally pass real campaign finance reform.
“A longtime champion of quality education… Mr. Jackson has spent years working for better schools for the entire city.” -- The New York Times
I am excited for the opportunity to continue my work and serve as your State Senator. With the same tenacity, passion and determination that has enabled me to get results as a neighborhood leader, School Board leader and for twelve years as a City Council leader, I am ready to go to Albany to put people first, to fight for better schools, more jobs and basic fairness, and to finally pass an increase in the minimum wage, the Women's Equality Act and the NYS DREAM Act.
I’ve worked hard for everything I’ve achieved. However, the incumbent State Senator has been absent – in fact, NYPIRG reported that he has missed over 60% of his votes, the worst attendance record in the entire New York State Senate. You can always count on me to be there, fighting for you.
That’s why the campaign is gaining support every day. I’ve been endorsed by Congressman Charles Rangel, Senator Bill Perkins, Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell, former Councilwoman Ronnie Eldridge, former Borough President Virginia Fields, the League of Convservation voters and many, many more education, political and community leaders. People across the District are joining this campaign and I hope you will, too.
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"When it comes to standing up and fighting for what is right, no one works harder, no one speaks louder and no one has more courage and energy than Robert Jackson," said CWA Local 1180 President Arthur Cheliotes. "Robert comes from poverty and has never stopped working to knock down barriers and create opportunity for others. He has fought for jobs and better working conditions, affordable housing and accessible health care and has been tireless in fighting for every child to receive a good public school education. He knows how to get things done and has a record to prove it. Robert Jackson will make a great State Senator and we are excited to join his team and help him win.”
Please join us to take part in Robert Jackson’s Run for Peace. No matter your age, economic status, race, ethnicity, country of origin, sexual orientation, age or religion, or whether or not you are religious, you can join Robert to run for peace, or join him at one of his stops to promote peace at home and abroad. We look forward to having as many of you as possible joining us this Sunday!
Citizens Union - the State's leading voice combating corruption and fighting for political reform - announced their support for Robert Jackson. They praised Robert's energy and committment and said, "Citizens Union prefers Jackson, because of his strong passion, commitment to both his community and larger scale reforms, including campaign finance reform, and experience which has proven him to be a consistent and effective advocate."
They also questioned incumbent Adriano Espaillat's effectiveness. They said, "we question [Espaillat's] ability to advance reform in the state senate due to his high absentee rate in Albany and too many missed votes on important state issues, which has deprived his constituents of a solid presence in Albany during his two congressional runs."
“CSA is proud to endorse Robert Jackson for State Senate. Bob has been a longtime advocate for education both as a Community School Board President and the Chair of the Education Committee in the City Council,” said Ernest Logan, President of CSA. “As the individual who spearheaded the Campaign for Fiscal Equality lawsuit, demanding equal funding for all, he has demonstrated his commitment to the children of our city. We know that as a New York State Senator he will continue this struggle on behalf of children. Our students are the city’s most precious resource; providing them with a safe and a nurturing learning environment is a top priority for school leaders. We should accept nothing less than the best of conditions for our schools, and that is why CSA so enthusiastically endorses Robert Jackson for State Senate."
“Robert Jackson has a proven record of taking bold action and getting real results,” said Assemblyman O’Donnell. “Well beyond the remarkable leadership he’s provided on education, Robert has been an effective fighter for tenants’ rights and more affordable housing, fair wages and job training, and for equality and basic justice for all. While some people just talk about issues, Robert Jackson has the tenacity, passion and commitment to get the job done. He will be a strong partner in Albany fighting to make our streets safer, our schools better and to preserve and improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods. I'm proud to endorse Robert Jackson today."