The following letter from our president, Lorie A. Slutsky appeared on the website of Crain’s New York Business on January 9, 2019.
At a time when our federal government is taking steps to divide us, New York is uniquely positioned to show what’s possible when government advances policies that ensure all of us—regardless of our race, gender, background, religion or neighborhood—are treated equitably and have a fair shot at success.
With the swearing in of a new state Assembly and Senate and with Cuomo’s ambitious agenda, we are optimistic that our representatives in Albany are ready to lock arms and enact policies on important issues like immigration, climate, school funding, and the social safety net with an eye toward improving opportunities to those who are too often left behind.
These are among the key issues affecting New York City, Westchester, and Long Island—and as the downstate region’s community foundation, we strategically fund effective nonprofits to drive change. But we cannot achieve large-scale change alone. We also need support from our state government in the form of laws and policies that benefit everyone—not just those who have the money or power to sway politicians.
The moment is now to take action. A fair New York is a stronger New York, and taking bold steps to improve equity will show the rest of the country what’s possible when government acts in the interests of everyone, including those most in need.