Leaders Endorse Julie Shiroishi for State Senate


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Julie Shiroishi, Democratic candidate for New York’s newly created 39th Senate District, announced endorsements from area leaders, including State Senator James Skoufis, Assemblymember Jonathan Jacobson, Assemblymember Sandy Galef, Dutchess County Comptroller Robin Lois, City of Newburgh Mayor Torrance Harvey, Dutchess County Legislator Barrington Atkins, and Sandy Oxford (Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation and NYS Working Families Party).

Shiroishi said, “I’m proud to be endorsed by so many of the area’s most respected leaders. As I speak with the residents of the 39th, I am hearing many of the same concerns, from the staggering rate of inflation to fears of gun violence and the impact of the recent Supreme Court rulings. It is our responsibility to ensure that the Hudson Valley remains a safe, livable community for all and that our state continues to be a bulwark against federal rollbacks to our personal freedoms.”

A resident of Beacon, where she lives with her husband and two children, Shiroishi recently served as Chief of Staff for Assemblymember Jonathan Jacobson (D-104). Shiroishi does not face a primary ahead of the November election, where she will appear on both the Democratic and Working Families Party lines.

“I know Julie Shiroishi and she understands how state government works. Julie will be a strong advocate for the new 39th Senate district, which includes several communities in my current district. I look forward to partnering with her to ensure the needs of the Hudson Valley are well represented in Albany,” said NY State Senator James Skoufis.

“I have worked closely with Julie Shiroishi since she became my chief of staff and I have tremendous respect for her knowledge and abilities. The 39th shares a significant portion of my Assembly district, including the Cities of Beacon, Newburgh, and Poughkeepsie as well as the Town of Newburgh, so she is well positioned to hit the ground running here and in Albany,” said Assemblymember Jonathan Jacobson.

“I am proud to endorse Julie Shiroishi as a candidate for the NYS Senate, District 39.

“Julie comes with a real understanding of the needs of the residents of the district which she gained as the chief of staff for my colleague, Assembly Member Jonathan Jacobson. In that position, I had an opportunity to connect with Julie in discussing state issues. Her experiences in state government and the private sector will serve her well as a NYS Senator,” said Assemblymember Sandy Galef.

“Julie understands the everyday pressures that the residents of the 39th district are feeling. She has the experience, work ethic, and heart to tackle those issues in Albany and help our communities thrive. I’m looking forward to Julie being my State Senator,” said Robin Lois, Dutchess County Comptroller.

“I fully endorse Julie Shiroishi for the 39th district in our NY State Senate. Julie has worked tirelessly behind the scenes for years in the Hudson Valley and throughout New York. She is very intelligent and trusted to do the necessary work in Albany for the people,” said Mayor Torrance Harvey, City of Newburgh.

“In her role as chief of staff to Assemblymember Jonathan Jacobson, Julie has proven herself to be a committed public servant and worked hard to support initiatives benefitting City of Poughkeepsie residents. As our Senator, she will make sure the needs of our City are represented in Albany,” said Barrington Atkins, Dutchess County Legislator, District 10 (City of Poughkeepsie).

“In 2022 it’s vital that we vote our values. As a member of the Working Families Party’s Hudson Valley Regional Advisory Council and Secretary of NY WFP, I am thrilled to lend my endorsement to Julie Shiroishi, WFP-endorsed Democrat, in her campaign to become Senator in the newly created 39th Senate District. Julie understands the complexities facing working families in the district. We look forward to partnering with Julie to create a more fair, just, and healthy community,” said Sandy Oxford, Hudson Valley Regional Advisory Council and Secretary of New York Working Families Party.

The 39th Senate District includes portions of three counties: Dutchess (Beacon, Beekman, East Fishkill, Fishkill, LaGrange, Pawling, City and Town of Poughkeepsie, Union Vale, and Wappinger), Orange (Towns of Montgomery and Newburgh and the City of Newburgh) and Putnam (Philipstown and Putnam Valley).

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