During the campaign I pledged to re-energize the Democratic Party on the Upper East Side by organizing volunteers in safe, blue districts like ours to help out in competitive races nearby. I wanted to hit the ground running and began making regular trips to Westchester to help remove one of the worst Republican County Executives in the State.
I began connecting with State Senator George Latimer's campaign shortly after I took office as District Leader with the hope I could spend the few weeks between the primary and general elections organizing Upper East Side Democrats to volunteer for his campaign against incumbent Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. As someone who works in affordable housing professionally I knew Astorino is Public Enemy #1 on that issue, having launched his political career campaigning against Obama-era initiatives to build more affordable housing in the county, and it was widely believed that a competent and dedicated public servant like Sen. Latimer had the best chance to defeat him of any Democrat since he took office.
In addition to participating in phone banks, we organized canvassing events with Manhattan-based volunteers on the three Sundays before the election - one in White Plains, Yonkers, and Hastings. All were productive events in which we connected with voters, spread the word about his campaign, and taught less experienced campaigners how to get out the vote.