Subject: Another Successful Day with Volunteers

From: Ken Jenkins

Date: June 27, 2017

I am so excited and happy that we were able to have such a great time at the African American Heritage festival this weekend with our volunteers!

The festival, first started to celebrate the African Diaspora, has morphed into an exhibition of culture and heritage that I look forward to every year. It is a chance for our people to become a closer community, and showcase the best of what we have to offer.

As always our Volunteers were in attendance, filling the crowd even more. It was great to once again spend the day with them! 

 
 

I always enjoy spending time with our volunteers, and look forward to any chance I can. Volunteer with our campaign, and join our team! You’ll enjoy the chance to spend more time with me and our team, and be a pivotal part in our mission to involve all Westchester’s residents in their government.

Thanks,

Ken


Subject: With Your Help, We Will Pass the Immigration Protection Act

From: Ken Jenkins

Date: June 22, 2017

Friend, 

Please sign our petition below, and push County Board of Legislators Chair, Michael Kaplowitz to bring the Immigration Protection Act to a vote.

Sign the Petition!

Once you’ve signed, pass this email on to anyone you can think of! By urging your family, friends, acquaintances, Facebook friends, Twitter followers, and ANYONE else you can think of to sign and share this petition you are standing up to the Trump Administration’s bigoted policies and working together to protect hard working people from senseless deportations.

I, along with the Democratic Caucus led by Catherine Borgia, sponsored the Immigration Protection Act to outline ways our local governments can fight against fear mongering policies by the Trump Administration. The Act, if passed, will bring Westchester to “Sanctuary County Status”.

To recap, this bill will protect our immigrant neighbors by:

  1. Keeping County resources and personnel from being used for Federally-mandated law that goes against the best interests of the people of Westchester County.
  2. Protecting information that is shared with County Departments.

It is more important than ever that we activate and inspire those around us with our steadfast determination to fight these policies at the local level. It is our duty as citizens to honor our heritage, stand up to our local government and push them to make the right choices for our community.

I not only urge you to sign the petition, but share it to your emails lists, social media, and friends.

Sign the Petition!

Thanks, 

Ken


Subject: Sign the Petition to Tell Mike Kaplowitz to Bring the Immigration Protection Act to a Vote!

From: Ken Jenkins

Date: June 15, 2017 

Friend,

The Immigration Protection Act was introduced February 13, 2017, by the Democratic Caucus, led by Catherine Borgia, to the Board of Legislators. As a sponsor, I have championed the passage of this legislation. Westchester needs to be safe from the inhumane deportation policies of Donald Trump.  We have seen the results of his harsh policies in Ossining and elsewhere in the County. Families have been broken up, children separated from their parents, by senseless deportations sending hardworking members of our community out of the country.  The Immigration Protection Act works to provide protection to those whose only problem is their immigration status. However, Board of Legislators Chairman Mike Kaplowitz, along with his IDC-lite coalition of Republicans and one other Democrat, is dragging his feet and has failed to bring the Act to a vote.

The legislation outlines ways in which Westchester can legally refuse to cooperate with ICE agents by:

  1. Keeping County resources and personnel from being used for any Federally-mandated law that goes against the best interests of the people of Westchester County.
  2. Protecting information that is shared with County Departments.

We should be working toward strengthening the trust between local government and our immigrant residents, not creating chaos and displacing families. The Immigration Protection Act starts us on that path by providing a form of sanctuary status to Westchester.

I urge you to sign our petition to make Chairman Mike Kaplowitz bring the Immigration Protection Act to a vote. All people have a right to feel safe in their own homes and communities. Sign our petition, and work toward a safer Westchester for all.

Sign the Petition!

Thanks, 

Ken


Subject: Our Campaign is On Fire!

From: Ken Jenkins

Date: June 13, 2017

Friend, 

Our campaign is as hot as the weather, and I'm pumped! Are you? 

As I travel through the County, meeting voters and discussing the bread and butter issues, the things that mean most to you, I am encouraged and motivated by the response I'm getting.  Voters everywhere are fed up with Rob Astorino, and his administration, turning a blind eye to the needs of working families.  They reaffirm our mission, give us their support and validate our campaign even more.

I want to give a special shout out to our volunteers too. You are all doing such amazing work, and your dedication keeps me going every day.  You are out there, talking to the people in your neighborhoods getting a real sense of the success of our message.  You really are something special, and it is your energy that propels our campaign forward. You never tire, always have fun, and do a great job. I can’t thank you enough. 

This past weekend I, and all our volunteers were just about everywhere!

We were in Ossining at the annual street fair. 

 

We celebrated the freedom of the slaves at the Juneteenth Day Parade and Festival in White Plains.  I also marched in the African American Heritage Parade in Yonkers and together with our volunteers, greeted voters, at the Festival in Trevor Park.  It doesn’t end there either!  We are out in virtually every community talking about the issues and getting signatures on my nominating petition.  

Our campaign is getting such a warm and excited reception from the voters who want a chance for their voice to be heard.

Join us.  Become a volunteer and help us to victory.  Help us establish a government that is progressive and cares about supporting our working families in their daily lives…….and let's have some fun getting it done!

VOLUNTEER WITH US

I look forward to working with you!

Thanks, 

Ken


Subject: Have you heard? 106th Mayor of NYC David Dinkins Endorses!

From: Ken Jenkins

Date: June 8, 2017

Friend, 

It is with extreme pleasure that I announce that our campaign for Westchester County Executive has been enthusiastically endorsed by the 106th Mayor of New York City, David Dinkins

At a fundraiser at the world-famous Sylvia’s Restaurant in Harlem, hosted by Bruce Bozeman, Sophia Cruz, Hon. Londel Davis, Hon. Inez E. Dickens, Hon. David Dinkins, Hazel Dukes, Geoff Eaton, Lynda Hamilton, Hon. Charles Rangel, Dr. Gregory Robeson Smith, and Hon. Keith Wright, African-American leaders in New York gathered to support my historic candidacy.

Mayor Dinkins is the first and only African-American to hold the office of mayor in New York City. His groundbreaking strides within the Democratic Party organization in New York City have broken barriers. He continues to be a major voice in Democratic politics throughout the city and state. Likehis, I hope that my candidacy offers hope to people of all races and religions.

“Ken Jenkins is unwavering in his willingness to take on the toughest fights. His steadfast determination and advocacy on behalf of working families are exemplary. I stand behind him in his mission to engage the people of Westchester County in their government process.”

David Dinkins, 106th Mayor of New York City

This endorsement means a great deal to me, and to our campaign. The support of so many of the African-American community's prominent political figures reaffirms our mission to re-engage all Democrats. 

Volunteer with our campaign and help us get our name on the ballot.  Click below to sign up!

VOLUNTEER TO PETITION

Thanks, 

Ken


Subject: A Life-Long Mission Driven by Democratic Values

From: Ken Jenkins

Date: June 6, 2017

Friend, 

Today, at the beginning of petitioning, it is important to remember what we are all doing this for. My father was an NYPD police officer, and my mother was a nurse.  Both active union members, they taught me from a young age to fight for a fair shot for all people.  It is that life long lesson that forms the foundation of my campaign for County Executive. 

My position on the County Legislature has allowed me to continue progress in our communities. From fighting for affordable housing options to decreasing the cost of child care for working families to protecting a woman's right to choose and preserving the environment, my democratic values have always been my guide.

I want to thank all our passionate volunteers out there on the front lines with me, listening to what you have to say, and making sure we address the challenges we all face. 

This primary is about giving all Democrats a fair shot at choosing their nominee in a voting booth.  Our voters have a lot to say, and it is time for us to listen.

VOLUNTEER TO PETITION

Thanks, 

Ken


Subject: Creating Opportunities for Economic Development

From: Ken Jenkins

Date: June 1, 2017

Friend, 

As your County Executive, I will ensure Westchester’s municipalities have the chance to participate in economic development needs assessments and submit project proposals that will help bring more jobs to the community.

To further those goals, I am working on a project that will turn a 20-acre site at the Yonkers Main Train Station into a transportation hub, that includes an MTA Bus Station and car garage, called the Metro Center at the i.park transportation center.

The Center will contain:

  • 20,000 sq. ft MTA bus station
  • 240,000 sq. ft in offices
  • 800 car parking garage with direct access to the train station
  • 120,000 sq. ft. rooftop parking for MTA buses.

Lack of parking and major road congestion has plagued businesses in Downtown Yonkers. Thanks to this new complex those businesses will not only be relieved of those stresses but also find themselves more accessible to pedestrians. It is also estimated that the plan will create over 2,000 construction jobs during the development, and 800 permanent jobs thereafter.

This exciting proposal will combine with the recently announced track and convention center creating a buzzing hub for major events. The Center will increase foot traffic in the downtown Yonkers, bringing more patrons to the businesses in the area, while acting as a major improvement on green energy. More on that later.

As your County Executive, I will continue to propose projects that make our County a place for businesses to grow and thrive. Astorino has embargoed capital projects, ultimately stalling economic development in the areas that need it most. With me, you will experience a government that will encourage progress, not stop it. 

 VOLUNTEER

Thanks, 

Ken


Subject: Our Campaign Needs You!

From: Ken Jenkins

Date: May 27, 2017

Friend,

My family and I are so grateful and encouraged by all that you have done to propel my campaign.  Now, I need to ask again for your help. We need people to help with petitioning to get on the ballot!  This is the beginning of my campaign to open the process and involve everyone in Westchester County.

We will win this race by bringing the concerns of our working families to the forefront, and by including them in the process. This is where the real work begins; to start, we must get on the ballot.

2,000 plus signatures are needed for our campaign by July 10th. It's a big task but I know we can do it!

We are asking volunteers to carry petitions and get signatures beginning June 6th. To carry petitions, make sure you are a registered Democrat in New York State. Petition signers must be registered Democrats in Westchester County. We will give you a full rundown once you sign up.

Ready to get started? Contact: Valerie Weinstein at (914) 806-3390, or sign up here!

VOLUNTEER TO PETITION

Thanks again for your hard work and support.  I will never let you down.  Let’s win this together!

Thanks, 

Ken


Westchester’s future is in our hands now, and this election will reign in a new era of engagement across the County. Our people need to be heard, and we are here to listen.

DONATE                   VOLUNTEER

Our campaign is based on a simple fact: We all want the same things. An affordable home, in a safe neighborhood, good jobs and quality education. We want our County government to care for our parks and facilities and enact policies and programs to support working families. The best way to get there will be through all our hard work, and it’s already starting to pay off.

This week’s fundraiser was a great success, and our next one is already off to a great start. I am so encouraged by your generous support.

The tremendous encouragement and support our campaign has received over the last weeks has been incredible. We are at a pivotal time in our campaign. These coming months are the first step to taking back our County government.

I am invigorated by the warm and enthusiastic greetings by voters as I travel across the County to ensure every voice is heard. Our campaign remains energized by our supporters and volunteers new and old that form the foundation of our campaign.

Donate to my campaign now, and we can begin to build a better future for all in Westchester.

DONATE

Want to do more? Click here to sign up for our volunteer list.

VOLUNTEER

Thanks, 

Ken


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Subject: What Was True Then is True Now

From: Ken Jenkins

Date: April 27, 2017

Friend, 

In 2013, I was one of three Democratic candidates running for County Executive. I actively campaigned until the convention, accepted the outcome and pledged my support to the nominee. We all know how that ended.

This time is going to be different. This time, our campaign has to stick it out till the end. Put me against Astorino, and he has no case. He kept taxes level, I cut them. He can't get it together to fully fund a budget. I have worked and will work, tirelessly to make sure we do not make short-sighted cuts to programs that we need.

In 2013, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins summed up my reasons for running perfectly:

“… He has a seat where he protects working people. He has a seat where he finds ways to make sure that health care and day care are understood. …He has a seat to make sure the economy of Westchester grows and jobs are secure. …From where that seat is, he knows that as County Executive he can do more, he can do better, he can reach wider, he can pull up, he can strengthen…”

Watch the full video here


At the face of it, Westchester’s problems do not lie behind party lines, they lie on a set of values that all can agree with. The people of Westchester are united in their concerns for their government. We can all agree that we do not want to pay all our income in taxes; we want safe streets and good schools. We want our government to provide solutions to the challenges working families face.

“You always know with Ken that you’re going to have an intelligent, pragmatic, frank, honest, intellectual understanding of what the issues are and at the root of those issues are the good of the people of Westchester.” 

-          Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, 2013

As your County Executive, I pledge to address the problems that face our County the most. Whether it is making investments in infrastructure, or making sure we do not make unrealistic cuts to the programs that help our government run best. I pledge to work every day to make Westchester better for all who live here. 

Thanks,

Ken


Subject: 

From: Ken Jenkins

Date: 

Friend, 

There has been a great deal of controversy surrounding the Indian Point closing, and Astorino’s lawsuit against the state. We’re here to set the record straight. 

 

Let’s look at the facts: 

 

  • The Indian Point Nuclear power plant announced its closing in early January by Entergy. It was their decision.
  • There were months of discussion and deliberation surrounding the closing prior to the announcement
  • The closing will happen over the course of four years, slowly phasing the plant out based on a fully funded decommissioning plan required by the NRC.  The Indian Point decommission account has $1.6 Billion.

VOLUNTEER

 

Now you’re wondering: Why the lawsuit?

 

Astorino had to have known the closing was going to happen, giving him enough time to plan his lawsuit. Instead of reaching out to the surrounding communities to create a plan for the future, Astorino waited months to react after the actual closing was announced.

 

So again, why a lawsuit now? After his loss in 2014, Astorino has been gearing up for 2018 run for governor. This lawsuit is just one more political game that will get Astorino publicity as he opposes the Governor but again will cost Westchester millions. 

I can spot an Astorino bad deal a mile away. I have fought Astorino on these kinds of money wasting political schemes for years, and I will continue to fight until he is no longer in office.   

 

Volunteer with our campaign now, and fight these bad deals with us.


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Subject: The Endorsements Keep Rolling in for Our Campaign

From: Ken Jenkins

Date: April 26, 2017

Friend, 

It’s time for a roundup! Our campaign has received so much support over the last few weeks. We are honored to have received the endorsements of many Democrats throughout the County.

 

 “We are members of African American clergy who represent more than 3,000 congregants across Westchester County. We have known Ken for most of his career. He is a dedicated public servant who proven, in his elected position on the County Board, that he’s a smart and effective leader. He is a devoted family man who has raised his three children in Westchester County. And he is genuine in his devotion to his community, as he has proven through years of activity with non-profit organization and associations.”

-        White Plains Ministers Fellowship Council

 “Ken is the fighter we need to take on the Trump agenda here in Westchester. He has worked to decrease our taxes and improve the economy. He’s fought hard for day care services, health services, women’s health services. He’s fought hard for immigrant protection and ensuring a fair and open society. Now more than ever, we need Ken Jenkins as our County Executive.”

-        Assembly Member James Gray Pretlow, Westchester State Delegation Leader

“Ken is the best choice for all people, across Westchester. He should be the candidate that we all rally around in Westchester because he truly wants to make his home a better place. Ken has been working for Westchester for more than a decade, standing up for what’s right, proposing policy and sponsoring legislation that always puts our County first.”

-        Legislator Catherine Borgia, Board of Legislators Majority Leader

“Since his first day on the Board more than 10 years ago, Ken’s dedication to those issues that impact us most has been unmatched. Under Ken’s leadership, the Board of Legislators doubled the administration’s proposed tax relief and beat back outsourcing critical services—a plan that would have cost taxpayers millions. We could not have done it without him.”

-        Legislator Alfreda Williams

“Ken’s insight and understanding of the challenges we face, and how to respond to them, is what sets him apart. His willingness to examine the issues, and listen closely to the public's questions and concerns, puts him in the position to lead,” said Legislator Williams. “Working with him on the Board of Legislators, I can already see the good he will do as County Executive.”

-        Legislator Lyndon Williams

“Ken is a strong advocate for the people of Yonkers, and all the people of Westchester County. Today, more than ever, we need a leader that will create opportunities for ALL its residents.”

-        Tom Meier, Yonkers Democratic City Committee President

“Ken Jenkins is the right man for the job, there’s absolutely no question about it. Ken has proved, with his dedicated service to the people of Westchester on the Board of Legislators that he’s the right man to take over leadership of the County.”

-        Terry Clements, First Vice-Chair of the Black Democrats of Westchester

 

Thank you so much for all your support. We could not have done this without you. We hear every day from people to keep up the good work. We want to let you know we hear you and accept the challenge!

 

Thanks, 

Ken


Subject: Bad Deals and Mismanaged Government

From: Ken Jenkins

Date: April 18, 2017

Friend,

Last week, a report came out naming Westchester County as #1 in property taxes. This means Westchester County on average pays the MOST in property taxes. Click here to read more about it.

I am the only candidate in the race that has successfully cut taxes. When I was Chair of the Board of Legislators in 2010, Astorino proposed we cut taxes by 1%. I did him one better; I doubled it! I passed a budget that cut property taxes by 2%, overriding 260 of Astorino’s 267 line vetoes. That was the last cut to your taxes and the one we are living with right now.

Donate!

Let’s take a look at what Astorino has cost you since then:

$20 Million in Federal Block Grants because of his fight with HUD

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$100+ Million in the Airport RFP because he’s ignoring all consultants advising against the deal

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$7 Million in Airport Passenger Fees because he ignored the rules and didn’t finish airport reconstruction projects on time

+

$30 Million (and counting) on the Playland Deal because he starved the park of resources

=

$157+ Million* in Bad Deals because Astorino can’t manage the County’s finances.

*Note this number does not include the millions Astorino has borrowed to cover the operating budget during his tenure. That bill increases every day, and you will eventually have to pay it off.

As your County Executive, I will make fiscally prudent choices with Westchester’s budget. These kinds of reckless and irresponsible deals are what puts pressure on your tax rates, and end up costing you big time down the line.

Other candidates are talking about raising your taxes, and that is just unacceptable. You already pay too much of your income in property taxes. We need an end to Astorino’s bad deals and to govern efficiently and prudently.

Let’s work toward a better future for Westchester. Donate to my campaign now. Help me put more money in your pocket. 

Thanks,

Ken


Subject: Support for Ken Jenkins Continues to Grow

From: Ken Jenkins

Date: April 7, 2017

Dear Friend,

Two of my esteemed colleagues have endorsed me for County Executive!

Donate!

Here’s what Majority Leader Catherine Borgia had to say:

“Our County Executive oversees our economy, our public safety funds, immigration, and transportation infrastructure. He decides on the condition of the roads, and the number of cops on the street. This is the highest office in the County, and it demands someone with the drive, experience, and energy to do it well. Ken is that person. Ken is the best choice for all people, across Westchester. He should be the candidate that we all rally around in Westchester because he truly wants to make his home a better place. Ken has been working for Westchester for more than a decade, standing up for what’s right, proposing policy and sponsoring legislation that always puts our County first.”

Here's what Legislator Ben Boykin had to say:

 “By far, Ken is the best man to take on Astorino in this race for Westchester County Executive. He is intelligent and efficient. Most importantly, he is always putting Westchester’s best interests first. Ken has done a great deal to combat fiscal mismanagement in our County. He is an ardent fighter for good government and an exemplary legislator. He will make a great County Executive for Westchester.”

These talented lawmakers make great teammates and leaders. I am honored to have their support and look forward to continuing our hard work while I am in the office of the County Executive.

Join the ranks of supporters, ready to change Westchester for the better!

Donate!

Thanks,

Ken


Subject: Another Bad Deal Dead in Its Tracks

From: Ken Jenkins

Date: April 4, 2017

Dear Friend,

This week, my colleagues on the Board of Legislators & I stopped another bad Astorino deal in its tracks. As you know, his poor judgment and mismanagement require constant oversight.

Donate!

Earlier this month, Rob Astorino announced his proposal for a $25 million Ice Rink at Kensico Dam. Given that most of the needed capital improvement projects in the 2017 budget have been left unfunded, we have killed this money-bleeding and needless project. Astorino’s own consultant said it would cost the County a fortune!

Here’s a short recap of some Astorino’s mismanagements so far. Trump-Lovin Astorino:

  • Leaves 10 County Police positions open, and halts Sprain Ridge Pool renovations because they are “nice to have”.
  • Borrows money against County pensions to cover budgetary holes but continues to leave necessary projects to repair the County’s crumbling infrastructure unfunded.
  • Pushes Airport Plan that shorts the County over $100 million in revenue, ignoring all consultants.
  • Proposes $25 million Kenisco Dam Ice Rink in his hometown in direct competition with the County’s ice rink at Playland.  

Taxpayers Rejoice! This is a big victory for you. As your government officials, you trust us to spend your money on projects and programs that are necessary and make the most sense for you. This deal just did not make any sense.

Support the ending of Astorino’s Bad Deals!

Donate!

Thanks,

Ken

 


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Subject: Let’s Talk About Jobs

From: Ken Jenkins

Date: March 24, 2017

Dear Friend,

Good news supporters! Our campaign is heating up, and it’s all because of your help.  

Big Wins!

  • As you know, I work hard every day to make sure our tax dollars are spent wisely. That’s one of the reasons I’ve battled so hard to get Westchester’s money-bleeding Economic Development office in Manhattan out of the budget. Well, it’s finally closing, which will save us all money. You can read more about that here.
  • Yonkers is my home, and the Yonkers Democratic City Committee has endorsed us, the Jenkins for Westchester Campaign. Yonkers is the biggest city in Westchester, and to have the Democrats there endorsing me is a huge win. You can read more about that here.
  • After proposing a $25 million ice rink in his home town, my colleagues on the Board of Legislators and I weighed the financial burden of this Astorino’s latest bad deal. We stopped the money bleeding proposal in its tracks.
  • I’m also proud to announce an outpouring of support from elected officials throughout Westchester. Assemblyman Gary Pretlow, County Legislators Alfreda Williams, Ben Boykin and Lyndon Williams, and New Rochelle Councilman Jared Rice have all announced their support for our campaign. There are many more to come.
  • The endorsements don’t stop there. The Westchester Rockland Guardians Association and the Black Democrats of Westchester have also enthusiastically added their names to the list.

What’s in the works?

We had a volunteer pizza party last week that brought in a huge group of you. Thank you for attending, and sharing your ideas and enthusiasm for our campaign! Look out for more opportunities to get together.

I have been meeting with Democratic Leaders in every corner of Westchester, understanding the problems you face and making my case for you.

As I’m traveling through the County my message is resonating with you folks, especially my message about taxes. I, as the Chair of the Board of Legislators, reduced taxes more than Astorino proposed. Time and time again, I have shown the costs of Astorino’s mismanagement, and how getting him out of office means more stability for our taxes.

A huge thanks to our donors!

The Jenkins campaign is picking up steam! We already have a significant showing, and we are well on our way to fully fund the battles ahead.

Amazing right! Wondering what you can do to help?

  • Write a letter to the editor to your local newspaper!
  • Tweet at me!
  • Tag me on Facebook!
  • Visit our Website for more good news and opportunities to help!

Without you, none of this would be possible. With your support, we can make it all the way to the County Executive’s office.

Thanks,

Ken


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Subject: Let’s Talk About Jobs

From: Ken Jenkins

Date: March 24, 2017

Dear Friend, 

I have always fought for the people of Westchester, creating more opportunities for us to succeed as a County, together.

As a County Legislator, I have set out to do two things: create more opportunities for the people of Westchester and protect workers once they have those jobs.

 I have sponsored legislation that:

  • Makes sure county construction projects maintain a safe environment for workers
  • Required that businesses using county workers sign explicit contracts, affording more protections to workers.
  • Favors businesses owned or based in Westchester for county projects
  • Establishes job security for transit workers if their contracts are sold.

As County Executive, I will build on the work I started as chair. How? I WILL:

  • Make child care, and health care, affordable so you can find, and keep your jobs;
  • Invest in more infrastructure projects, creating more jobs and repairing Westchester’s roads and bridges in the process;
  • Practice responsible fiscal management, building up our bond ratings and attracting more small business to settle in Westchester;
  • Use more County businesses, so that Westchester continues to be a place where business can thrive.

I want to make my campaign your campaign. Volunteer with me and my campaign, so we can make a difference together!

Thanks,

Ken


Subject: Bad Deal After Bad Deal

From: Ken Jenkins

Date: March 20, 2017

Dear Friend, 

Westchester County experienced some bad deals under Rob Astorino over the past 8 years, losing us hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue and funding. We simply cannot afford another 4 years of Rob’s management.

How terrible, you ask? Let’s take a look.

Bad Deal #1: Playland Amusement Park

  • County hands Playland to Standard Amusement
  • County still foots a $32million bill for renovations, and Standard has not put up their portion.
  • County workers put in danger of losing pensions

Bad Deal #2: Westchester Airport

  • Airport loses $7 million in revenues due to lack of proper management
  • Astorino uses $15 million from unsigned deal in 2017 budget
  • Deal could cost airport $100 million in revenues

Bad Deal #3: Political Firing

  • Astorino does not get Independence Party backing in 2013
  • Dhyalma Vazquez, Independence Party official, demoted then ultimately fired in 2014
  • Vazquez sues, county cleans up mess with settlement for $380,000

Last but certainly not least. Bad Deal #4: Housing Settlement Debacle

  • Astorino fights the US Department of Housing and Urban Development on affordable housing agreement for Westchester County
  • County loses over $20 million in Community Development Block Grant funds in Westchester.
  • Governor has to broker a deal with the federal government because of Astorino’s standoff with HUD.

Our county deserves more than shady politicians and bad deals. I know our county needs good jobs, better infrastructure, and a leader who knows what democracy is all about.

What can you do to battle Astorino? Volunteer with my campaign so we can get him out!

Thanks,

Ken


Subject: Trump/Astorino: A Crooked Game of Telephone?

From: Ken Jenkins

Date: March 17, 2017

Dear Friend, 

You might be asking yourself, how does county law mirror President Trump’s latest effort to keep Muslims out of the US? As we already know, County Executive Rob Astorino is an avid Trump supporter, and  mirrors Trump’s every bigoted action. It’s time to put them side by side.

Donald Trump

President Trump has tried, fruitlessly, to halt immigration from several Muslim majority countries through two executive orders. On both occasions, federal judges stop him in his tracks. Judge Derrick K. Watson, of the Federal District Court in Honolulu specified that very obviously, the purpose of the order was not national security, but an effort to ban Muslims from the United States. Trumps response: judicial overreach.

 

Rob Astorino

Westchester County has been pushed by US courts to create more fair and affordable housing throughout Westchester. The County Executive’s office has failed to produce a plan approved by HUD showing how Westchester will comply with Federal law. Astorino has been an recalcitrant critic of the affordable housing order in Westchester costing us over $25 million dollars of Federal funding. Astorino’s response: Federal Government Overreach.

As your County Executive I will:

  • Establish sound budgets without holes, or gimmicks
  • Pledge to stop borrowing to cover budget holes
  • Use county assets, like Playland, the County Center, and the airport for the good of ALL people in Westchester, rather than just a few people
  • Restore funding to Health Care, including Mental Health Care, Women’s Health Care, and Social Services

You deserve a government that is smart, compassionate, prudent and effective. I am tired of an administration that blocks good ideas, and impedes prosperity and better quality of life. Together, we can achieve what the County Executive has failed.

Thanks, 

Ken


Subject: Attn: Citizens! – Get Out and Vote! Port Chester and Tuckahoe Village Elections

From: Ken Jenkins

Date: March 15, 2017

Dear Friend, 

Port Chester and Tuckahoe are having village elections on Tuesday March 21, 2017. I am doing my part to support these candidates for mayor. Now it’s your turn!

This is YOUR chance to make the first waves in combatting Rob Astorino, his support of the President Trump’s administration, and the bigoted policies that come with it. Voting for our local leaders empowers our community, making sure we have the loudest voices in our communities!

Port Chester: Greg Adams for Mayor

Pictured above (left to right): Greg Adams, Candidate for Port Chester Mayor, and Ken Jenkins

Pictured above (left to right): Greg Adams, Candidate for Port Chester Mayor, and Ken Jenkins

The Democrat running for Port Chester Mayor is Greg Adams. Currently a trustee, Mr. Adams voted in favor of keeping the paid fire department staff and will revisit the issue once elected mayor.

The Adams Campaign is phone banking Thursday, March 16 from 5:15 to 8pm at CWA 1103 – 345 Westchester Avenue in Port Chester

Thursday, March 16th there is a Fundraiser at Rela’s Café: 25 So. Regent Street, Port Chester. From 6:00PM – 8:30PM. Tickets are $75.

Pictured Above (left to right): Ken Jenkins, candidate for County Executive,Candidates for Tuckahoe Trustees Kathryn Thompson and Nicholas Naber, and Anthony Fiore, Jr.

Pictured Above (left to right): Ken Jenkins, candidate for County Executive,Candidates for Tuckahoe Trustees Kathryn Thompson and Nicholas Naber, and Anthony Fiore, Jr.

Tuckahoe: Anthony Fiore, Jr. for Mayor

Tuckahoe is currently in contention over a hotel development on Marbledale Road. Running for Mayor of Tuckahoe is Anthony Fiore, Jr. Mr. Fiore is running on the Democrat and Hold Hotel Accountable Line.

The Fiore campaign is canvassing Saturday, March 18th at Noon.  Meet at Growlers Parking Lot, 25 Main Street, Tuckahoe.

For information about phone banking email: changefortuckahoe2017@gmail.com .

Thanks,

Ken


Subject: Trump Lovin’ Astorino strikes again -- A Case Study

From: Ken Jenkins

Date: March 13, 2017

Dear Friend, 

The County Executive Has struck again. Dhyalma Vazquez, a former County employee, was demoted, transferred, and let go. She was also, on her own time, an official of the Independence Party in Westchester. She sued Rob Astorino for wrongful termination. And she won – to the tune of a $380,000 settlement.

The details on the Vazquez case:

  • A former county fraud investigator, and high level leadership for the Independence party in Westchester
  • 2013 was demoted and transferred
  • Lost her job in 2014 due to “budget cuts”

Sounds fishy, doesn’t it?

Ms. Vazquez quickly filed several suits against Rob Astorino and the head of the Department of Social Services. The most notable suit was a First Amendment complaint, where Vazquez cited that Astorino violated her freedom of speech by firing her for her vocal opposition to his re-election and her connection to the Independence party.

Make no mistake: the County settled the case because Rob knew we was on the wrong side and would lose the case. He knew he had broken the law.

This lost lawsuit is the tip of the iceberg. This is not a dictatorship where the County Executive is above the law. Help me clean up the mess the County Executive has made. Donate to my campaign so we can get him out in November.

Thanks, 

Ken


Subject: All Hands On Deck: Get Trump-Lovin Astorino Out!

From: Ken Jenkins

Date: March 11, 2017

Dear Friend,

Westchester deserves better. We can push bad government out, but I'm going to need your help. Now is the time we can make the greatest impact on what happens in November.

The election will be here sooner than you think. It is time to get organized, get moving and get Astorino out. We need all hands on deck to make this the most successful campaign Westchester has ever seen. 

Together we can: 

  • Stop the Trump administration’s bigoted and discriminatory policy 
  • Empower our communities 
  • Build a better home
  • ...and so much more! 

This is not only my campaign, it’s yours. Sign up to volunteer today, and together we will bring home a win in November. 

 

Thanks, 

Ken


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Subject: Today We Stand With All Women

From: Ken Jenkins

Date: March 8, 2017

Dear Friend, 

I am so fortunate to continue to work with strong women who get the job done. We have worked together to require safe access to health clinics for women in Westchester. We have worked together for fairness, and for an equal society.  

Not in recent history has there been more of a need to stand with women. To stand for equality. To stand for pay equity. To stand for reproductive rights. To stand with our mothers, our sisters, our wives and daughters in love and unity to make our world better.

We owe all our successes to the women that support and defend us, and I will do all I can to repay that debt. International Women’s Day should remind us to be allies to all women every day.

Today and every day I stand with women! 

Thanks,

Ken


Subject: Let Us Ride Safely!

From: Ken Jenkins

Date: March 7, 2017

Dear Friend, 

We in Westchester County need reliable and safe transportation options. One could argue that suburban and exurban counties like ours need them more than anyone else.

But ride shares are illegal in Westchester County. And because people need them, some are operating illegally, without county regulation. These people are put at risk. 

As your County Legislator, I have sponsored a bill that protects all customers using Ride Sharing Services in Westchester. My bill would add Ride Sharing services like Uber and Lyft to existing County laws covering taxis and limousines, which require drivers to go through background checks and have their vehicles inspected. It would also require drivers to have up to $1 million in liability insurance. And it would ensure that the person who orders the call on an app can see a photo of the driver, along with receiving a fair estimate and an electronic receipt at the end of the trip.

My bill would provide a safe affordable mode of transportation for the people of Westchester, and it would create jobs. And it’s just one of the ways I will continue to work toward a better deal for Westchester as your County Executive.

Volunteer with my campaign, so we can work together for your community. 

Thanks, 

Ken


Subject: Exciting Updates on my County Executive Campaign

From: Ken Jenkins

Date: March 2, 2017

Dear Friend, 

I have exciting news about my campaign to be your next Westchester County Executive. We are hitting our stride a couple of fantastic new additions to the team, building ourselves up for a win in November.

With the election 8 months away, Joseph Montalto has joined the team as my Campaign Manager. For over 30 years, Joe’s experience in New York City, New York State and Westchester County governments is a valuable addition to our operation.

We have also brought on Peter brown, a Partner at BrownMillerGroup, to handle the campaign’s press operation. Peter is a national level political operative, bringing laser-like focus on direct voter contact and targeted communications to the campaign.

We are gearing up our team to take the Westchester County Executive seat. Now’s your chance to become a team member. Donate to my campaign, and we can continue to ramp up our operation.

Thanks,

Ken


Subject: We Are A County Of Immigrants

From: Ken Jenkins

Date: February 27, 2017

Dear Friend, 

I was first elected to public office a decade ago, in 2007. Since then I have worked tirelessly to serve and stand up for All of us fortunate enough to call Westchester County our home. Every single one of us.

As your County Legislator, I am now working to pass a law that would create a safer environment for everyone regardless of legal status. The bill prohibits county resources from being used for any Federally-mandated law that goes against the best interests of the people of Westchester County.

The Trump administration’s immigration policies, which County Executive Rob Astorino supports, rightfully have people frightened. Their callous disregard for tolerance and equality divide us as a people, and I will work tirelessly to show they have no place in Westchester.

This is why I am running for Westchester County Executive. I want to work with you, together, to make sure we are another example of what an American community should be.

And I need your support to do it. Donate now, because you deserve more from your leaders

Thanks,

Ken


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Subject: Keep Fighting the Gun Show

From: Ken Jenkins

Date: February 22, 2017

Dear Friend, 

Last month I, along with Democrats on the Board of Legislators, voted to permanently ban gun
shows on County government property.  Trump-lovin’ Rob Astorino vetoed the legislation opening the door for the sale of military-style weapons at the County Center.

The Firearm & Knife Show returned to the County Center on January 21st and January 22nd,
attracting many extremists who displayed and sold Pro-Nazi propaganda at the event.

Donate to Ken's campaign for County Executive now, and we can make sure the days of using County property to promote dangerous and deadly weapons are over.

Gun shows were banned from County property for 11 years after the tragic Columbine High
School shooting. They were brought back by Trump-lovin’ Astorino and his pro-gun lobby in 2010 and temporarily canceled again after the Sandy Hook tragedy until now.  Since 2010, I have led the fight to remove these events from our taxpayer funded property. Certainly, our government shouldn’t be profiting from the promotion of dangerous and deadly weapons.

Help Ken win the fight to stop future gun shows on County property.  Please send whatever you can: $10, $20, $100 or more.

Thanks, 

Ken