Michael Weinstock vs Tom Suozzi
Michael Weinstock is a person who takes immediate action. On the morning of 9/11, most of the world was watching television. Michael rushed to Ground Zero. Seven years earlier, Michael did the same exact thing, when there was a shooter on his college campus.While many politicians like to say that they are “advocates” for sexual abuse survivors, Michael Weinstock spent years working as an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn’s Special Victim Bureau — where he protected victims and put the perpetrators in prison.
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America is in the midst of a health crisis, while our politicians simply stand aside and just talk. We need real action to help our community. Unlike Congressman Suozzi, I have always supported moving us to a single-payer healthcare system, lowering the costs of prescription drugs, and making healthcare more affordable. The opioid epidemic ravaging our community has gone on long enough. I am committed to fighting it and expanding access to addiction treatment. I will work to ensure that women have full access to reproductive healthcare and maintain their right to choose without restriction. I struggled with PTSD and depression following 9/11, and I will do everything possible to destigmatize mental illness and ensure that mental health issues are treated just like any other medical condition.
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.
I am deeply concerned about the resurgence of anti-Semitism across Europe. This hatred serves as a reminder that persecuted Jews must always have a safe harbour: Israel must remain strong. As a member of Congress, I will be the most ardent supporter of Israel and a steadfast ally for the Israeli people. I was thrilled when the United States moved our embassy to Jerusalem and I will do everything humanly possible to ensure that Iran does not acquire nuclear weapons. I will only support a two-state solution when the Palestinian Authority condemns the use of terror and embraces Israel’s right to exist. Being Jewish is important to me—it is a cornerstone of my life. That’s why I lived in Israel for six months, to immerse myself and to learn, while attending Ben Gurion University in Be’er Sheva, Israel. I also keep kosher, and I strive to be a better Jew.