Why I’m Running

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I’ve lived and worked in the 19th Congressional District most of my life, and I’m proud to call the Hudson Valley home.

As a hospital executive I worked with national, state and local officials to expand access to healthcare. As a not-for profit director I brought business and community leaders together to attract jobs, revitalized communities, and protect our environment. And as a small business owner I work with local businesses and municipalities to create and retain jobs throughout the region.

I’ve gotten things done over the last 30 years by listening and bringing people together. But Washington doesn’t work that way. Congress is paralyzed by partisanship, and our Congressman, John Faso is not listening to us.

Instead of focusing on creating jobs and making sure Upstate families have access to affordable healthcare, Congressman Faso just toes the party line, voting 90% of the time with Donald Trump. He even refuses to meet with constituents.

I’ve had enough.

People have asked why I’m doing this. They say “don’t bother, nothing is going to change.” But that’s not how I was raised.

My grandparents were immigrants who became dairy farmers in Central New York, struggling every day to achieve the American Dream. My parents who were both schoolteachers taught my sisters and me that we could achieve whatever we set our minds to. That attitude helped me attend Herkimer County Community College, then Syracuse University at Utica College for my bachelor’s degree. Years later as a single mom with a full-time career, I went back to school and earned my Masters Degree in Public Administration from Marist College. I was raised to make the most of every opportunity, and passing that value on to my two incredible boys – Ryan and Brendan – is my biggest personal accomplishment.

I’m running for Congress because we’re facing real challenges, and it’s time to put the partisan politics aside and work together to do what’s right for the people of the Hudson Valley, Catskills, Greater Capital Region and Central New York.

I’ll wake up every day thinking about how to bring more good paying jobs to the region. I’ll focus on expanding affordable healthcare and protecting access to healthcare for women. I’ll stand up to Donald Trump to hold him accountable when he’s wrong. And I’ll always listen to you.

So when people say we can’t change things in Washington, I say, “watch us!”

-Sue Sullivan

Meet Sue Sullivan

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Sue Sullivan is running for Congress to put her experience in economic development, healthcare, environmental protection, and small business to work for the Hudson Valley, Catskills, Greater Capital Region and Central New York.

As an executive at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh for 15 years, Sue helped expand access to healthcare to the surrounding area. She successfully challenged New York State to change outdated regulations so the hospital could provide needed cardiac services while remaining fiscally stable. In addition, Sue worked with Congressman Maurice Hinchey, and Senators Schumer and Clinton to change the Medicare reimbursement formula that was costing the Newburgh area millions in reimbursements needed for patient care.

As founding Executive Director of the Greater Newburgh Partnership, Sue raised millions in private funds to help the city of Newburgh improve infrastructure, implement green initiatives and facilitate rezoning to attract more employers to the area.

And as the first Director of Development and Communications at the Mohonk Preserve in Ulster County, Sue led the effort to fund and build the Interpretive Center which educates over 100,000 visitors and school children each year to appreciate nature and continue the legacy and stewardship of our environmental treasures.

Sue is currently the President and CEO of ISER Consulting, which works with business, non-profit organizations, and municipalities to secure funding relating to job growth.

The granddaughter of New York dairy farmers, Sue is a lifelong resident of the 19th Congressional District. She grew up in Saugerties, later moving to Cooperstown, where her parents ran Mt. Ostego Ski Area and taught at local public schools. Sue has a Bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University, and a Masters in Public Administration from Marist College. As a single mother, raising two boys, Sue coached soccer and co-founded the Plattekill Elementary PTA. Today, Sue lives in Ulster County.