I’m proud to call the Hudson Valley home. As a local hospital executive, not-for profit director, and small business owner I’ve gotten things done throughout this region by listening and bringing people together and I think Washington could use more of that. Congress is paralyzed by partisanship and Congressman Faso won’t even meet with his constituents. He just toes the party line voting with President Trump 90% of the time, including the devastating Trumpcare.
As an executive at St. Luke’s Cornwell Hospital in Newburgh, Sue worked directly with Senators Schumer and Clinton and Congressman Maurice Hinchey to change legislation that increased Medicare reimbursement for the hospital. In addition, she worked with New York State to increase access to vital cardiac services. Those services saved lives.
Sue founded the Greater Newburgh Partnership, which 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 Sue led the effort at the Mohonk Preserve in Ulster County 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.
It was after the Women’s March in Washington in January that Sue’s mother challenged her to run for Congress. Like so many of her friends and neighbors in this area, she was frustrated by the partisanship and politics.
“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. Through my work across these communities I’ve seen directly how working together and listening we can get things done.”
As the granddaughter of New York dairy farmers and the daughter of public school teachers and later owners of Mt. Ostego ski area, Sue was raised to believe that through hard work and listening to people you could make your community a better place live.