I'm writing to encourage everyone to vote for Emily Martz for state Senate this November. Albany needs fresh energy and fresh ideas, and Emily has both. She built her career as deputy director of the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), creating well-paying jobs and helping small businesses expand throughout the North Country. She has a proven record of community organizing, having helped increase the visibility of businesses and organizations in downtown Saranac Lake, work that resulted in the village earning a $10 million award from the New York State Downtown Revitalization Initiative. That was only the beginning, though. Once elected, Emily will work to improve infrastructure — including true universal broadband — throughout the North Country, so we can become the economically vibrant region we are meant to be.
In addition to her focus on business and economic development, Emily supports individuals and families. Contrary to her opponent, who continually favors institutions over individuals, Emily supports universal health care, reproductive rights, and more school funding. Betty Little won’t even let the NY Health Act or the Reproductive Health Act come to the Senate floor for a vote, and she killed the bill that would have ended the “test and punish” era in our schools in favor of funding for charter schools. She even withheld support from Child Victims Act because she feared that allowing child abuse victims a longer time to sue would harm the institutions that harbored their abusers.
It is truly time for change in Albany. It’s time to elect a state senator who will speak for — and work for — the people and communities of the North Country. Elect Emily Martz and let your own voice be heard.
Shir Filler, Bloomingdale