Where Sean Stands

Creating Jobs & Growing Our Economy

We all know that we need to grow our economy, and Sean has been working to do just that. As the founder and president of Hudson River Ventures – a small business investment fund – Sean has partnered with more than a dozen small businesses in our region to help them succeed and create jobs. In Congress, Sean will fight for commonsense solutions in Congress that will create jobs and spur economic growth by investing in infrastructure, expanding access to high-speed internet, reforming our broken tax code, and training workers for the new economy. Read more about Sean’s strategy to grow our economy and create jobs, here.

Reducing the Influence of Special Interests

Right now the voices of everyday New Yorkers are being drowned out by special interests and corporate money in Washington. Sean has been a leader in the fight to reduce the power of special interests and money in politics to ensure that elected officials are accountable to us – not Big Oil and Big Banks.  Sean is not accepting corporate PAC contributions in his campaign, so he’ll be accountable only to families in our region. In Congress, Sean will fight to overturn Citizens United and for campaign finance reform that increases transparency, reduces corruption, and amplifies the voices of everyday New Yorkers.

Promoting Women’s Health & Equal Pay

As an advocate for Planned Parenthood in the Hudson Valley, Sean has worked to protect reproductive freedom and women’s access to healthcare.  He opposes the Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision that allows corporations to deny coverage for women’s health care, including birth control. In Congress, Sean will continue to fight for women – including equal pay for equal work. Sean is proud to be endorsed by Planned Parenthood Action Fund and NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Protecting Our Environment

Sean is an advocate for protecting our environment and the incredible natural resources in our region, which is why he has been endorsed by Sierra Club. As a board member of Scenic Hudson, Sean helped lead the charge for conservation and environmental protection in the Hudson Valley. Sean strongly opposes fracking in our region, and in Congress, he will advocate for urgent action to address climate change as well as greater investments in conservation programs and renewable energy.

Strengthening Schools

Sean believes every student deserves a high-quality education that prepares him or her for the new economy. He founded the Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center at SUNY New Paltz, bringing new manufacturing technology and training for teachers, students, and workers in our region. Sean will be an advocate to make college more affordable and help reduce the burden of student loans. In Congress, Sean will strengthen our schools by working to expand early childhood education, reform high-stakes testing, and ensure that our students are trained for the new economy.

Supporting Local Farmers

Our nation’s current agricultural policies are built for large, corporate farms, not New York’s family farms. Sean will work to reform farm policy to better serve our region’s farmers by strengthening crop insurance, conserving farmland, ensuring access to credit, and expanding training and support for the next generation of farmers.

Protecting Medicare & Social Security

Sean will fight to protect the critical safety net in our country and the benefits our seniors have earned. He will oppose cuts to Medicare and Social Security and will work to ensure the sustainability of these vital programs for generations to come, which is why he’s been endorsed by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.

Lowering Health Care Costs

Sean believes access to quality, affordable health care is a basic right of every American. He will work to fix and improve our nation’s health care laws in order to lower costs, hold insurance companies accountable, reduce the burden on small businesses, and ensure that affordable health care is available to every family.

Honoring Our Veterans

Sean believes we must honor our commitments to those who have served our country. As a small business investor, Sean has helped grow veteran-owned businesses in our region. As a member of Congress, he will fight to ensure veterans have access to job training, employment support, and quality health care.

Fighting for Equal Protection Under the Law

Sean was a leader in the fight for marriage equality in New York State and the successful effort to repeal federal discrimination against same-sex couples and their families. In Congress, Sean will continue to protect our Constitution, our freedoms, and our right to privacy. He will work to ensure that every American receives equal protection under the law and that no one is fired from a job or denied housing because of who they are or who they love. Sean is proud to be endorsed by Human Rights Campaign and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund.

Providing Tax Relief for Middle Class Families & Small Businesses

Middle-class families and small businesses in New York are burdened by an array of taxes. Sean will fight for comprehensive tax reform that lowers rates for middle-class families and small businesses. Sean will work to close special-interest loopholes – including for big corporations and the very wealthy – and will support the Buffet Rule to ensure that millionaires pay their fair share.

Balancing the Budget & Reducing Our Debt

Sean is an advocate for fiscal responsibility and the need to balance America’s budget and reduce our national debt. By promoting common sense tax reform, economic growth, and greater government efficiency, Sean will work to put America on a fiscally sustainable path.