WPCNR NEWSREEL. From the Matusow Campaign. September 2, 2002: Assemblywoman Naomi Matusow, who is running for reelection in the 89th assembly district, has garnered widespread support and endorsements from top Democrats, environmentalists, workers and women’s rights groups.
All have recognized Ms. Matusow’s efforts for the past 10 years in bringing increased state aid for public education, libraries, environmental protection and open space preservation initiatives, banning assault weapons, and supporting workers’ and women’s rights.
“I thank the various elected officials, and each group and the individuals they represent, for their support. I look forward to working with all of them in my next term,” said Assemblywoman Matusow.
TOP DEMS Give Matusow the Nod
Matusow has been endorsed by NYS Senator Chuck Schumer, NYS Attorney General Elliot Spitzer, Westchester County Executive Andy Spano, County Legislators Michael Kaplowitz and Richard Wishnie, the Northern Westchester Democratic Coalition (Democrats from North Castle, Pound Ridge, Bedford, Mount Kisco, Lewisboro, and Somers). An independent grassroots party, the Lewisboro Leadership Party is also endorsing Matusow’s candidacy.
Citing her support for libraries, the New York Library Association, said
“your support of the library community and your understanding of the needs of libraries is unmatched in the Assembly.”
NARAL (National Abortion Rights Action League) endorsed Matusow, thanking her “for your commitment and dedication to protecting women’s reproductive health care in New York.”
Polly Rothstein, former executive Director of Westchester Coalition for Legal Abortion (WCLA) has also endorsed Matusow’s candidacy.
“Endorsement from librarians and advocates for women’s rights, as well as my fellow Democrats, gives me great satisfaction in their recognition of all the accomplishments we’ve achieved over the years,” said Matusow.
Naomi Matusow is endorsed by both the New York League of Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club.
“Naomi Matusow is clearly an environmental leader, and the New York League of Conservation Voters enthusiastically supports her reelection,” said Marcia Bystryn, Executive Director of the NYLCV. “The League believes that Matusow will continue an excellent voting record that reflects her strong commitment to environmental issues.”
Matusow was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1992, and has an impressive environmental record. In 1998, Matusow guided a bill that established the Clean Drinking Water Revolving Fund and negotiated the Pesticide Reporting bill through the NYS Legislature. In 2000, Matusow authored a law requiring the Department of Environmental Conservation to adopt stringent air emission standards for personal watercraft.
The Sierra Club’s Lower Hudson Chapter also endorses Matusow, praising her “for defending the environment and the natural resources of New York State. Of late, we appreciate (her) leadership role in strengthening the bottle bill, increasing the focus on alternative energy, protecting the watershed and limiting growth of the Westchester County Airport,” said Roger Savitt, of the Sierra Club.
“It is gratifying that my commitment to environmental protection,
preservation of open space, improvement of air and water quality, and
opposition to unchecked urban sprawl has been acknowledged. Every citizen of the 89th A.D., can rely on me for continued leadership on these crucial issues,” said Assemblywoman Matusow.
“My endorsements by the Sierra Club and League of Conservation Voters, both of whom work with me to protect our environment, bodes well for more environmental successes in the district and statewide,” she said.
WORKERS Say YES
Naomi Matusow, Assemblywoman 89th AD, is also endorsed by SEIU 1199 (Service Employees International Union). Dennis Rivera, President of 1199 SEIU, praised her record on her commitment to workers’ rights and health care.
“(Matusow’s) distinguished record of service demonstrates (her) commitment to the rights of workers, quality health care, and numerous other issues of importance to the nursing home, hospital, home care, clinic and social service workers represented by 1199 SEIU, ” said Mr. Rivera.
Matusow has also been endorsed by NYSUT (New York State United Teachers), CSEA (Civil Service Employees Association), AFSCME (American Federation of State and County Municipal Employees), PEF (Public Employees Federation), BTOBA (Bridge and Tunnel Officers Benevolent Association), United Transportation Union, Westchester/Putnam Central Labor Body, AFL-CIO, Westchester County Correction Officers Benevolent Association, and Westchester Corrections Superior Officers have endorsed Assemblywoman
Assemblywoman Matusow is grateful for the endorsements from all of these organizations and the individuals they represent. “I am pleased to be endorsed by all those who do so much for the people of New York, including our teachers and public employees and law enforcement officers.These fine people are a big part of what makes New York great. I deeply appreciate their support of me and all the work they do for New Yorkers,” said Matusow.