A THOUSAND THANKS!

Dear Friends and Neighbors, 
 
Mere words cannot express my heartfelt appreciation for the incredible support that has sustained me throughout our re-election campaign. We won because the voters responded so positively to our outreach and we won because of you.
 
You and all of those who joined together to make the campaign an historic one: we may be first to win re-election on an independent line, “Rise and Unite”, while facing two opponents who began the race with three party lines. We faced these challenges in the midst of a pandemic, and all its upheavals. We put a team together that carried the day. And the night. And the weekends.
 
Now the real work begins. We will continue to fight for our community and its best interests. Just as we successfully obtained an additional voting site from the NYC Board of Elections during the early voting period to alleviate horribly long lines, we will always champion the needs of the people of the Upper East Side, Yorkville and Roosevelt Island.
 
Thank you for your wonderful encouragement, assistance and support. We are strong; we are unbowed; we will go forward together.
 
Sincerely,

Historic Victory for Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright  First Ever to be Re-elected on an Independent Party Ballot Line on the Upper East Side, Yorkville, and Roosevelt Island

November 16, 2020– Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright clinched a historic victory today as the first candidate ever to win re-election to the State legislature on an independent party ballot line, representing the Upper East Side, Yorkville, and Roosevelt Island.
 
With all precincts reporting and all absentee ballots counted, Seawright carried nearly 60 percent of the votes in the 76th Assembly District, handily defeating a Republican Party- endorsed candidate who also ran with the backing of the Liberal Party. 
 
A lifelong Democrat, Seawright faced an uphill battle after the Republican candidate challenged her numerous nominating petitions and a technical glitch left the Democratic Party line vacant. The three-term Assembly Member promptly announced she would “continue to fight to give voters a choice.”  
During this past July, a total of 5,160 voters —nearly five times more than required—signed petitions supporting Seawright to run on the ballot on the newly-established “Rise and Unite” party line. Seawright was also elected by the voters in the June Democratic Primary as a Joe Biden delegate to the National Democratic Convention.
 
After nearly a week of tabulations, the New York City Board of Elections reported that 48,266 votes were cast in the Assembly District with 58.8 percent carrying Seawright to victory on the Rise and Unite Party line.  Seawright garnered more than 61 percent of all absentee and affidavit votes cast. 
 
“We won because the voters responded so positively to our year-round advocacy for constituents and our highly visible district office services. They made the campaign a historic one, without precedent,” said Seawright. “The voters overcame the challenges of the pandemic and all its terrible upheavals. I am deeply grateful they voted for me on a new party line, over long- established major party lines.”
 
President-Elect Joe Biden led the list of leading Democrats to endorse the three-term legislator.  Other high-profile supporters included former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Speaker Carl Heastie, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, all Upper East Side elected officials, several Democratic Clubs, and labor organizations representing nurses, teachers, hospital workers, security guards, doormen, and transit workers. 
 
“Mere words cannot express my heartfelt appreciation for the incredible support that sustained me throughout our re-election campaign,”  Assembly Member Seawright said, adding now the real work begins.
 
“We will continue to fight for our community and its best interests. Just as we successfully obtained an additional voting site at Marymount Manhattan College from the New York City Board of Elections during the early voting period to alleviate horribly long lines, we will always champion the needs of the people of the Upper East Side, Yorkville, and Roosevelt Island.”

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Meet Rebecca Seawright

Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright represents the 76th Assembly District, including the Manhattan neighborhoods of the Upper East Side, Yorkville and Roosevelt Island. Seawright is a lifelong advocate for women’s rights and is a champion for education at all levels, senior citizen, human rights, and LGBTQ+ rights, affordable housing, environmental protection, public health, election reform, criminal justice reform, and government transparency.

Along with her colleagues, she achieved the strongest rent reforms in New York State’s history, making rent stabilization and rent control permanent. She is a fighter against discrimination, intolerance and violence. She obtained passage for a new law providing for insurance coverage for women and men who need 3-D mammograms for breast cancer detection. She introduced and passed an Equal Rights Amendment to the New York State Constitution. She has secured $12 million of funding for her district’s public schools, senior centers and parks.

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Rebecca Seawright, who represents a large portion of the neighborhood where the Robert F. Wagner Middle School polling site sits on East 75th Street, was prepared to sue the elections board Friday morning after fielding daily complaints from residents, including from people who are elderly and disabled, about prohibitively long wait times.

As we mourn the passing of United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, let us each reflect on how her pursuit of justice, equality and the liberation of our human rights touched us so deeply.

I remember seeing her on the bench when I was sworn in to practice before the Supreme Court. I could not take my eyes away from such a fearless warrior, a courageous trailblazer, unafraid to stand up for all of us.

There she sat, the second of four female justices to be confirmed to the Court, bringing her distinguished legal career to the highest judicial body in the nation…

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October 9, 2020-- Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton today urged voters of the Upper East Side, Yorkville, and Roosevelt Island to re-elect Assemblymember Rebecca Seawright on the “Rise and Unite” ballot line in the November general election, citing her "track record of legislative accomplishments, work on behalf of her district during this pandemic, and advocacy on behalf of women's rights."

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Huge News! Triple Endorsement!

NEW YORK, N.Y. – State Senator Liz Krueger, State Senator José M. Serrano, and City Council Member Ben Kallos jointly announced their enthusiastic endorsement of Rebecca Seawright for New York State Assembly in the 76th Assembly District, which includes the Upper East Side, Yorkville and Roosevelt Island. Senator Krueger cited Seawright’s “extensive qualifications and commitment […]

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Rebecca Seawright understands what makes our neighborhoods so special because she’s one of us– a lifelong Democratic activist who’s been a consistent champion of progressive values.

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