Embracing the Issues
Fighting for Government Accountability
Safeguarding the Environment
A Leader on Healthcare
As legislative director for Assemblyman Morelle, Justin was instrumental in drafting legislation aimed at increasing medical insurance coverage for New Yorkers and protecting women’s health. That included working on a bill requiring that that women undergoing mammograms be informed when they had dense breast tissue, a condition which may mask the early signs of breast cancer under standard diagnostic conditions.
Advocating for Our Seniors
Justin was the first elected official to question the actions of the Executive Director of Monroe Community Hospital after reports of abuse and neglect. He called for the Executive Director to step down and publicly criticized the administration for allowing the hospital’s oversight board to dissolve.
Fighting for Main Street
In the midst of the 2008 financial crisis, Justin worked with Assemblyman Morelle on national model legislation that would have reined in the Wall Street firms most responsible for the worst economy since the Great Depression. Justin worked with Morelle to hold hearings in Albany and New York City to address the dangers of a derivatives market worth tens of trillions of dollars operating with little or no public oversight, and called for reforms to prevent future episodes that could cost millions of Americans their homes and life savings.
Standing up for Working Families
Justin pushed back against the county’s tactics when public safety union contract negotiations were stalled, fought to protect promised health care benefits for county retirees, and took to the floor of the legislature to stop an unfair home foreclosure.