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