Sex Crimes and Domestic Violence
I spent most of my legal career in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office, protecting people from domestic violence and sexual assault. I am not only committed to protecting victims – but I am also determined to push this important conversation forward. That’s why I recently held a press conference and announced that I filed criminal charges against the powerful Long Island politician who pressured me for sex for many years.
Telling my story before the assembled reporters was grueling and difficult, but I pushed through it. And that’s because I spent many years trying to persuade victims to come to court and testify and I wasn’t about to sit on my hands and pretend that these crimes didn’t happen. I will continue to speak up and talk about this politician/criminal – even if it continues to anger powerful party bosses.
One of the reasons that I’m running for office, is because Congressman Tom Suozzi wrote a personal letter of support to the judge when this politician/criminal was convicted of felony tax evasion last year. Congressman Suozzi said that the sexual predator was a person of real integrity “who treats everyone with empathy.” I am absolutely determined to educate New Yorkers and let everyone know that sex crimes are serious crimes and they are gender-neutral crimes. Men and women commit these crimes and men and women are victimized. (Photo: Michael holding a press conference to announce criminal charges against a Nassau County party boss for sexual harassment)
Green New Deal
Climate change is not only real, it is an existential threat to the future of our planet, and we must take bold action to prevent its economic and environmental impacts here and around the globe. That’s why I support the Green New Deal. As the Trump Administration implements policies that damage our environment, open spaces, air, and coastlines, we must take a stand. President Trump's decision to pull us out of the Paris Climate Agreement was a foolhardy maneuver that takes us backwards in our fight to protect the environment. I am a life-long environmentalist. I spent six months working at Greenpeace when I was a teenager and I will continue to work hard to prevent climate change. (Photo: Michael Weinstock fishing in the Long Island sound)
PTSD and Depression
Medicare for All
9/11 Victim's Compensation Fund
Suffolk County Traffic Court
Treat Queens With Dignity
When the local Board of Elections turned away their absentee ballots, Michael traveled to the State Supreme Court and demanded an emergency hearing. He won the hearing and the story appeared on page one, of the New York Law Journal. Governor Andrew Cuomo learned of Weinstock’s work and was impressed. According to Governor Cuomo, Weinstock demonstrated “great tenacity in bringing the vote to hospitalized patients in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and provided an inspirational story, reminding us of the importance of exercising our constitutional rights.”
For too long our education system has been neglected and fed with empty promises. No more. I will fight to strengthen the Every Student Succeeds Act by allocating more funding to states for education. Many of our most vulnerable children rely on the education provided through our public-school system. It is our responsibility as members of our community to make sure every student from kindergarten to university has the resources they need; everyone deserves a future. I will support any measure to make college more affordable and more accessible to students.
I will always remember the day that a gunman opened fire on my college campus, at the University of Iowa. And I will always remember, kneeling on the floor of the clasroom and treating those students who were shot. And I will never forget living in Jamaica, Queens during the early 90s, when I would hear gunshots, every single night, outside my window. Enough is enough. We cannot stand by while gun violence threatens our communities. The issue is gun safety. It is not about being anti-gun or pro-gun; it is about being anti-gun-violence. I will fight to promote and pass common-sense legislation to prevent gun violence. I will also work to increase access to mental health resources to those who need help, while ensuring that our law enforcement has the tools they need to keep our communities safe.
We live in very divisive times. From the White House to our communities, everyday Americans are under attack because of who they are and how they feel. I cannot stand aside as Americans live in fear based on their sexuality. It does not matter whether you are straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning. I will strive to be a role model for all kids—both gay and straight and will support equality for all people, and will fight tirelessly to ensure that no one is treated differently because of who they are or who they love.
I will always remember visiting my grandfather, Manny Weinstock, in the veteran’s hospital, where he lived, during my childhood. My grandfather was my hero. I admired him not only because he was a WWII combat photographer, but also because he was always optimistic, despite being a double-amputee and requiring a wheelchair. Yet now, when our brave veterans cannot access quality healthcare, find a steady paying job, or find a place to live – we have failed. We can, and must, do better. We must commit ourselves to ensure that our veterans receive the assistance they need for their physical and mental health, in addition to programs for education and employment. If elected to Congress, I will support efforts to streamline disability benefit claims and reform the VA. I would encourage corporations to hire veterans by working to enact and extend tax credits for employers that hire former service members. Further, I will push to improve our suicide prevention and mental health programs to help combat the epidemic that is veteran suicide, which claims 20 lives every day. These veterans put their lives on the line to make sure our communities are safe: it's time for us to give back.
Preventing Wrongful Convictions
We must do everything humanly possible to prevent and overturn wrongful convictions. Even one innocent person in prison is one too many. I will fight to ensure that every District Attorney’s office in the nation has a Conviction Review Bureau. There are more than 2,300 prosecutor’s offices in the country and only 45 have a Conviction Review Bureau. Local prosecutors who refuse to create such a bureau, should be required to forfeit all of their federal funding. And I strongly believe that police officers and prosecutors who get caught hiding or destroying evidence - should be held accountable with jail time.