Dear Friends,

Thank you for visiting my website and learning more about this critical campaign for the future of Queens and our entire nation.

I made the choice to run for Congress because there’s something wrong in Washington.

At a time of great national need, Republicans in our Capitol have embraced partisanship instead of progress; sound bites instead of substance; and extremism instead of effectiveness.

Queens families deserve better.

I’m running for Congress to get Washington working for us again – passing the Buffett rule so millionaires can’t get away with lower tax rates than teachers, laborers or secretaries. We need to fight back against the GOP’s wrong-headed agenda of putting profit before people. We need to invest in our crumbling infrastructure, making America safer, and creating much-needed jobs in our communities. And we need to be strong in our foreign policy, blocking terror states like Iran from ever developing nuclear weapons that they could use against long-term allies like Israel.

Those will be my priorities as your Congress member, and that’s why I ask for your support.

I’ve been honored by the outpouring of support we’ve received. Congressman Joe Crowley and the Queens County Democratic Party, Emily’s List, the Hotel Trades Council, UFCW Local 1500, and elected and community leaders from throughout the district, borough and city have all enthusiastically endorsed my candidacy, and have been working hard to help me present my vision of what Queens families need from our next Congress member.

Throughout this very diverse district, I’ve been struck by the fact that all of our communities basically want the same things – good jobs, safe neighborhoods, quality schools and fair treatment from Washington. As our next Congress member, I will do everything in my power to make sure that these are available to every family throughout our borough.

As the mother of two active, wonderful boys, and as the wife of a busy husband, I worry about schools, childcare, and making ends meet.

As a public interest lawyer, I am committed to organizing our communities to press for the protection of unions, and to rein in the menacing political activity of corporations and Wall Street.

As an Assemblywoman, I am dedicated to government as a force for accomplishing good in our lives, and to working in government to stand against Republican attacks on women’s access to healthcare and our social safety net.

As a woman, I am running to improve the woefully inadequate statistic of women comprising only 17% of Congress, yet over half America’s population.

Queens is the most diverse spot in America. How our neighborhoods differ is not as important as how they’re similar. We all want the best for our children and work hard to build a life for our families and to take care of our parents when they need us. We want jobs and careers that provide a reliable paycheck and provide dignity. We want a level playing field and help when we need it. We deserve a government, and elected officials, that share these priorities and will always put others first.