Jerry believes that in the wealthiest nation in our world’s history, the government can and should provide affordable, accessible, reliable healthcare to every one of its citizens. That’s why he was an original cosponsor of the Medicare-for-All Act and has fought for years to enshrine it into law. There’s no better or quicker way to guarantee the human right that is healthcare.
Jerry has led efforts to protect the health of mothers in the workplace through his landmark bill, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, introduced sweeping legislation to lower exorbitant prescription drug costs, battled extremist efforts to weaken birth control protections, and, of course, has worked tirelessly throughout the entirety of his career to protect women’s reproductive rights, including abortion.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Jerry fought hard to fund measures to protect New Yorkers’ health. He helped secure billions to repair HVAC systems so that the air in our schools was clean and safe for kids and teachers alike, worked to deliver more vaccine resources from the federal government to New Yorkers, and shepherded legislation into law to compensate public safety officers who became disabled or died after contracting COVID in the line of duty.
Finally, unlike some others, Jerry has always believed in science and trusted vaccines–and has always stood by the public health experts vouching for their safety, even when fringe voices baselessly argued otherwise. During COVID, when so many Americans needlessly and preventably died due to their distrust of vaccinations, the danger of anti-vaccine rhetoric was made horribly clear.
- Defending our Democracy
- Delivering for New Yorkers
- Disability Rights
- Women’s Rights
- LBGTQIA+ Rights
- Safeguarding the Environment
- 9/11 Survivors
- Restoring Balance to the Supreme Court
- Legalizing Marijuana
- Limiting Corporate Power
- Protecting Reproductive Rights
- Racial Justice
- Reforming America’s Gun Laws