LETTER: Why I’m exploring a run for the 121st Assembly District

To the editor:

My name is Corey Mosher, and I am exploring a run for New York’s 121st Assembly District, which covers Madison County and portions of Oneida and Otsego counties.

I am a fourth-generation family farmer, partner of Mosher Farms, a father of four children attending public schools and the son of an Army veteran.

We need a representative who does not just understand the struggles people endure in the 121st District, but also one that experiences those same struggles firsthand on a daily basis.

● Nearly one out of every five rural New Yorkers still do not have broadband access

● Healthcare is inaccessible and unaffordable for too many in our communities

● Upstate public schools are chronically underfunded
● Childcare is grossly inadequate and out of reach for too many families

● Long-term care remains a privilege, making it hard for our seniors to age with dignity

● Family farms and upstate businesses are struggling to survive

On July 8, 2019, our current assemblyman said in an interview that he’s not going to pass any landmark legislation. I cannot and will not accept the status quo. Our district needs a representative with the political will and courage to tackle the biggest issues we face.

As board chairman of the Madison County Cooperative Extension, a board member of the New York State Vegetable Growers’ Association and a member of the National Barley Improvement Committee, I’ve been fighting for the countless family farmers in the 121st District and across the state who are struggling to keep our farms afloat.

There is no such thing as a strong upstate economy without a strong farm economy. The lack of access to broadband and poor infrastructure stands in the way of economic success for both our businesses and our farms.

We need to invest in 21st Century clean technology infrastructure, expand access to broadband and enact policies that uplift New York’s family farmers. When we do so, Upstate New York will become a place where businesses prosper, where families choose to raise their children and where family farms thrive.

The 121st District needs an assemblyman that gives real representation and a stronger voice to the people of the district. I can be that assemblyman, but first, I need your help. Learn more about our campaign and get involved at mosherforny.com. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook @MosherForNY to stay up-to-date.

Corey Mosher, Bouckville

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