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August 21st, 2014

Skoufis Announces His Re-Election Campaign

Assemblyman James Skoufis
Assemblyman James Skoufis (D-Woodbury) announced that he is running for re-election to the New York State Assembly.

“Creating better opportunities here for Hudson Valley families and small businesses has always been my focus, and I’ll continue fighting every day for the issues that matter most,” said Skoufis. “By lowering taxes for middle-class families, we’ve been able to attract more good-paying jobs and make it more affordable to stay here and do business. For me, the needs of our community have always come first.”

Assemblyman Skoufis remains committed to getting the Hudson Valley back to work. He successfully pushed to cut the tax rate on small businesses, helping spur job creation, and extended the lowest middle-class income tax rate in 60 years. He also voted to increase the minimum wage so that individuals working full-time jobs can earn enough to support a family and not need social service benefits. Furthermore, Skoufis believes large corporations that receive big tax breaks and incentives from the state should not be allowed to outsource jobs overseas, which is why he supports legislation to help close that loophole, keeping more jobs right here in the Hudson Valley.

Skoufis also understands what it takes to keep our communities strong. He led the local effort that saved St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital’s full-time emergency department, fighting alongside families, hospital workers and first responders who depend on the hospital for care and employment. He also opposes efforts to privatize Valley View Nursing Home, a move that would endanger local jobs and threaten the high-quality health care so many in our community rely on.

Assemblyman Skoufis has also made education one of his top priorities, successfully working to make much-needed reforms to Common Core while securing significant increases in state funding for schools in his Assembly District – helping offset local property taxes while providing increased opportunities for our students. To address runaway college costs, Skoufis authored Tuition-Free NY, legislation that would make SUNY and CUNY schools more affordable for in-state students while requiring community service during studies.

Also, after leading local relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irene, Skoufis passed important legislation to hold insurance companies accountable as families continue to recover from the devastation caused by the storms.

“We all remember how difficult it was in the wake of Irene and Sandy; we’re still recovering, but we worked together to help lift each other up as a community. That’s what makes me proud to call the Hudson Valley my home, and that’s what it’ll take to continue putting our economy back on track. We’ve already accomplished a lot together, but I know there’s more to be done, and I’ll keep putting our communities and families first each and every day,” Skoufis said.

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