The votes are in. It took a little longer to count them this year, but it was worth the wait.
This year, 241,531 New Yorkers voted on the Working Families Party line for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand — a new record!
That’s almost a quarter-million New Yorkers standing together to make our voices heard. It’s 60,000 votes more than our last high water mark. It’s a great feeling, and it’s all because of you and people like you.
Votes are power. We intend to use ours in 2013 on issues that matter in Albany and in city halls — from ending big money in politics to raising the minimum wage, from banning hydrofracking to guaranteeing paid sick days.
On Election Night, we were relieved that President Obama won re-election, and thrilled by progressive wins across the country from Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts to Mazie Hirono in Hawaii. Here in New York, there was plenty to be proud of, too.
With your help, New Yorkers elected a Democrat-Working Families majority to the State Senate in Albany, for only the second time since 1965. The two most exciting races were for Terry Gipson and Cecilia Tkaczyk — neither was even supposed to be close.
But because of WFP voters providing the edge, Gipson won by a hair. Ballots in the Tkaczyk race are still being tallied, but we’re confident she’ll emerge victorious if all the votes are counted. Both races prove that with a smart campaign and a progressive message, you can be competitive anywhere in the state.
Of course, nothing important is ever easy. A group of ‘independent’ Democrats has formed a coalition with the Republicans for joint control of the State Senate.
No one knows exactly how it’ll play out, but this much is clear: the WFP will be working in January to push important legislative goals through Albany. And with supporters like you by our side, I know we can do it.
Our movement is growing, and that’s something to be proud of. Can you help keep us going?
Warmly and gratefully,
P.S. — We don’t take any corporate money, so we count on grassroots supporters like you for everything. That’s why our end-of-the-year fundraising drive is so important. Our goal is to raise $25,000 before the end of the year. Your contribution today helps us get a little closer. Thanks again for your support.