The following is a message from the current New York State Young Democrats President, Matt Silverstein who is running for Assembly in Queens. You can meet Matt tonight at his Campaign Kick-off Event, details below!
Tonight, I officially launch my campaign to be the next New York State Assembly Member from the 26th Assembly District. I decided to seek this seat after our current Assembly Member, Ann Margaret Carrozza (D), announced that after 14 years in office she was going to retire and focus on her law practice and Bar Association activities rather than run for re-election.
By seeking this seat, I have also decided not to seek re-election as President of the New York State Young Democrats. I would like to thank the Manhattan Young Democrats for their years of support and dedication to the New York State Young Democrats. Without your hard work and support I would have never come this far. I am so proud of how far MYD has come over the years and I am most proud of the fact that MYD was the Outstanding YDA Chapter of the Year at the 2007 & 2009 YDA National Conventions.
New York State is at a crossroad and many view our state legislature as broken and dysfunctional. We can’t get a budget passed on-time, we are talking about furloughs of state workers, we are facing tough budget cuts yet again, and in 2009 we actually saw a modern day coup. The New York Times recently called for new faces in Albany, and I have decided to step forward to be an agent of change in Albany. People of good intentions and the skills to get important things done should all be stepping forward now, the need is as great as it is obvious.
Running for office as young professional is extremely difficult, and I need all of your support! Whether canvassing, petitioning, phone banking, hosting a house party or writing my campaign a financial contribution, I could really use the help. This is going to be a very tough race but I know that with the support of MYD, we will all celebrate as one of our own goes up to Albany as our representative.
For those of you that are around tonight my kickoff fundraiser is taking place from 7-9pm at Donovan’s Grill & Tavern (214-16 41st Avenue Bayside, NY 11361). If you are interested in making a contribution to my campaign please do so at http://www.matthewsilverstein.org
Remember that together we can make a difference.
Matthew Silverstein , NYSYD President