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Hi guys, it's Kenny St. John again, Patricia Maher's campaign manager out in NY-2. Good news all around the past two weeks. Today Facebook graciously allowed our name change to go through after the conversion from a personal to a fanpage, so now the page name is "Patricia Maher For Congress."

For anyone who is local on the Island and wants to help out the campaign, we are having a fundraiser on July 16 at Frankie's East Side Pizza in Farmingdale from 6-8 PM. Many people have expressed an interest in volunteering, and we are anticipating the local College Democrats in the area to spread awareness and do some GOTV when school is back in session.

We are continuing to solicit various endorsements as well. And our press releases are beginning to hit many of the local political online news outlets. Here is one of them, after the jump.

(Amityville, NY) Patricia Maher, who is running for Congress against Peter King in the 2nd District, criticized her opponent’s “abysmal” anti-senior voting record. She pointed to the 20% voting score he recently received in a report from the Alliance for Retirement Americans (ARA), a non-partisan senior citizen and retiree advocacy organization. Lifetime, King holds a 16% voting score from the group.

The ARA based their scores on ten votes in 2013 that pertained to senior issues. The report showed that King voted to privatize Medicare, cut SNAP benefits, refused to repeal cuts to other senior benefit programs, and came out against a proposed pro-retiree budget. Overall, in 2013 King voted against senior citizens 8 out of 10 times, resulting in a 20% score from the ARA.

“Don’t let him fool you: Peter King claims that he wants to preserve Social Security and Medicare, but in reality nothing could be further from the truth,” stated Maher. “In 2005, King wanted to privatize Social Security, which not only would have resulted in much higher overhead costs for seniors, but also would have decimated any semblance of retirement security when the market crashed in 2008. The recession would have been far worse and a lot more people would have been struggling if Social Security was privatized”.

Maher noted that “every year since 2011, King voted for the Paul Ryan budget, which would have privatized Medicare and cut Social Security benefits. His votes have been votes to reduce senior benefits while increasing their out-of-pocket expenses.”

“If elected to Congress, I will fight on behalf of seniors to expand Social Security and will stand against privatizing Medicare and cutting other senior benefits. These earned benefit programs are financially sound, are efficient, and are effective. Unlike my opponent, I believe that retirement security is of paramount importance and must be protected,” said Maher.

For the New York State ARA Report:

Another one hit the presses over the weekend about Patricia's support for expanding Social Security with the RAISE Act. We plan on keeping up a constant stream of these releases on a variety of issues to put Patricia's name out there and force King on the defensive. And I'll have Patricia get on here too to talk to you guys.

Thanks for reading this and for your support,
Kenny St. John

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