Your Advocate for:
• Affordable Healthcare
• Workforce Housing Needs
• Restoring Trust in Government
• Sensible Gun Protection
• Safeguarding Our Environment
• Protecting Women’s Rights
Join us to elect Rona Smith to NYS Assembly!
Rona Smith is Endorsed by:
Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America
NYS National Organization for Women
Fred Thiele, Jr. — NYS Assembly District 1
Committee to Reform the State Constitution
Rona Smith is pleased to announce that her campaign has been given the Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate distinction in recognition of her commitment to standing up for gun violence prevention and recognizing gun safety.
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes. Since its inception after the tragedy at Sandy Hook School, Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and, along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the Everytown Survivor Network, is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than four million supporters.
As the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country, Everytown for Gun Safety’s tens of thousands of volunteers, hundreds of thousands of donors and millions of supporters are dedicated to common sense reforms that protect the 2nd Amendment and also make our communities safer.
One out of three 18 to 24 year-olds live with their parents. Some continue into their 40s. They are often burdened with student loan debt that outpaces their ability to pay. They can’t buy houses, can’t start families, buy cars, or support economic growth.
This is bad for them and bad for the economy and for our future.
We are already seeing dire economic changes from unaffordable student loan debt.
- New household formation is down!
- The national birth rate is down in the last two years!
- Parents and grandparents who co-signed for students are carrying that debt into retirement!
There is a mis-match between incomes to be received and debt to be shouldered. What can we do?
First, we need to keep students away from unaccredited schools! Second, find out what average earnings are in your intended field. How much will you need to borrow? Can you afford to pay back your debt at that average salary?
What can I do in Albany?
- Collection agents for student debt should be licensed by New York State.
- Eliminate abusive behaviors against borrowers.
- Advice and counseling for borrowers must be objective sources of information, not allow advice from debt collectors looking to increase profits!
Allocate money to market SUNY opportunities! and expand SUNY funding!
Give our students the information they need to make smart decisions!
Let’s counteract advertising from unaccredited schools that have lots of money for advertising, for convincing students to buy their limited-value offerings.
Yesterday, my Assembly opponent, Anthony Palumbo, posted on social media that the New York Health Act is “just not feasible,” calling it a “pipe dream”. He’s wrong. Experts agree that we can guarantee health care to everyone by shifting from the failing private insurance system to universal, publicly financed, health care, that guarantees health care for all.
- Instead of paying premiums to insurance companies, we would instead pay into the health care system principally through payroll taxes. Everyone would be guaranteed the care we need, and none of us would ever have to pay more than we can afford.
- The single payer system envisions health care as a necessary public good. Care should, and would be, guaranteed to all of us based on our medical needs, not on how much money we have, where we work, or where we were born.
- Single payer insurance will save money as it removes high administrative costs, middlemen, and profit motives from the equation.
Let’s establish transparent, accountable, and encompassing health care.
Did you know that Rona Smith is Chair of the Southold Town Housing Advisory Committee and was instrumental in the development of the “Cottages at Mattituck” project?
“Many affordable housing units have been built in Southold over the years, but they have been lost to the marketplace,” Rona explains.
Not until The Cottages at Mattituck were built, under the Housing Advisory Commission with Rona on board, has there been no loss of housing to the un-affordable market!
“Of the 22 original units, five have sold at affordable rates set by cost of living compounded by years of ownership,” she said. “Small profit for owner, affordable price for new buyer!”
You can read more about Southold’s housing commission here.