On the City Council, Lea led the fight to create quality affordable housing. From championing rehabilitation programs such as Restore NY to working with non-profit housing developers to build new units to protecting tenants by standing up to absentee landlords, Lea has worked to address the root causes of our housing crisis.
In the State Senate, Lea will fight for better (affordable) housing for rural and urban communities alike – and she’ll start by supporting the Good Cause Eviction legislation. Lea will also fight to ensure our rural communities get their fair share from the Biden Administration’s Build Back Better program.
Working with advocates for the environment, Lea led the fight to ban fracking in the City of Binghamton. As a Council member, she helped establish a city-wide climate action plan, changed laws to promote green space development, and supported programs to remove lead from Binghamton families’ homes.
In Albany, Lea will fight to ensure everyone can live in a healthy and resilient community. She’ll work to limit the impact of climate change, protect our natural resources, and look to secure alternative energy sources for our small farm communities.
The pandemic opened our eyes to the need to expand home and community-based services for most vulnerable residents. When Lea worked as a healthcare organizer at Citizen Action, she fought to build support for the Affordable Care Act and the passage of the NY Health Act.
Lea knows rising medical debt is a growing burden on already struggling families. With personal experience working in managed care, Lea knows we can do more to prevent families from losing their home or having their wages garnished due to medical debt. She’ll work to make sure New York starts protecting people from losing everything when illness strikes.
For far too long our upstate communities have lacked the investments we need to improve our economic future. Lea supported small businesses as a member of the Binghamton Local Development Corporation, which provided grants and loans to startup and expand businesses, and she helped increase investment in Binghamton by attracting major residential development projects through the Commission on Downtown Binghamton Development.
In the State Senate, Lea will fight for common sense investments that make our communities vibrant places that families want to settle in rather than escape.