Letter: Now more than ever, city needs Farley-Bouvier

Now more than ever, city needs Farley-Bouvier

To the editor:

For the past year, I've been fulfilling a family commitment in the Albany area. Being removed from the center of the vortex, so to speak, has given me a unique perspective on the race for state representative in Pittsfield.

It's concerning to see a candidate who is encouraging people to "listen to my great ideas" without the substance to back it up. Yet even more concerning when there are clear indications that candidate's actions do not sync with the wonderful, larger-than-life, philosophies being professed.

Recently, State Representative. Tricia Farley-Bouvier's opponent in the Democratic primary, Mike Bloomberg, has been spinning himself as "the positive candidate". Yet on Aug. 8, he fired an ugly, inaccurate attack on Rep. Farley-Bouvier's record, stating that she had an 0-25 record of legislative history in the Statehouse. This would be laughable if it weren't part of a scary pattern of destructive political strategy that we are seeing spread across the nation — say anything negative, even if it is untrue, and then smile and pretend like you are pure as the driven snow. This is a red flag that reflects on the integrity of any candidate who employs these tactics.

I won't belabor the point, but I think it's helpful to mention a few of Rep. Farley-Bouvier's accomplishments. She has been a sponsor of the following bills that are now law: the omnibus opioid bill; the Equal Pay Act; the transgender public accommodation bill, and the gas leak protection bill. She filed and successfully navigated through the House multiple bonds and funding bills that have had a direct impact on our city, bringing real dollars home to her district. She got our new city charter approved.

All of this takes a seasoned, skilled, and respected elected official who is dedicated and committed to the people of her district. The reason that Rep. Farley-Bouvier is so successful is that she has always put Pittsfield first, allocating resources to maintain a visible and accessible office here and showing up for events, meetings, and bake sales in every corner of our community to listen to her constituents. She not only has her own brilliant ideas, but she listens to our ideas, our needs, and our expectations of a state representative.

Is there more work to do? Absolutely. Now more than ever we need Rep Farley-Bouvier, who is held in high regard by her colleagues in Boston, who has put Pittsfield on the map in a positive way through her leadership role at the Democratic National Convention, to continue to represent us and get our voice heard at the Statehouse.

Judy Williamson, Castleton, N.Y.


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