White Plains

Up2Us Endorses Victoria Presser for White Plains Common Council

The Up2Us Board of Directors is pleased to announce our endorsement of Victoria Presser for White Plains Common Council in the 2019 election. 

 Victoria grew up on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. She earned a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Columbia University and has been in non-profit and governmental public information for over 40 years serving a wide variety of organizations and constituencies. A near 40 year resident of the Battle Hill neighborhood of White Plains, Victoria has always found time to contribute to the life of the city that she loves, White Plains. She served as the president of her synagogue, Bet Am Shalom; is an active member of the Battle Hill Association; helped found the Friends of White Plains Youth Bureau and served on its board for four years; and advised the Friends of White Plains Public Schools on rebranding and outreach. 

 Victoria is committed to making sure that downtown development is responsible and benefits White Plains as a whole, including adequate city services and job opportunities for residents. She wants to ensure that White Plains is a community with housing options at every stage of life and income level and is committed to investing in the neighborhoods and in the youth of White Plains. 

 Victoria’s advocacy for racial justice and commitment to equality; protection of our rights and resources and her positions on the many important issues facing our leaders is in line with the values of Up2Us. It is with great pleasure that we put our support behind Victoria Presser. We encourage everyone to visit Victoria Presser Facebook

Up2Us Endorses Nadine Hunt Robinson for White Plains Common Council

The Up2Us Board of Directors, on behalf of its membership, endorses Nadine Hunt Robinson for White Plains New York  Common Council.

 In February 2014, Nadine was unanimously appointed councilwoman by the White Plains Common Council, bringing with her decades of legal, business and environmental experience and was subsequently elected as the first African-American woman to the Council. 

 In that role, she has acted to ensure that White Plains continues to be prosperous, while keeping the doors of access and opportunity open to all. To that end, Nadine has  passed budgets within the property tax cap, successfully lobbied to "Ban the Box" on City employment applications, spearheaded law changes to protect senior citizens and championed enhanced anti-bias and diversity training for the local police force.

Her vision for White Plains includes:

--Maintaining the right balance between strong economic growth and important quality of life issues. 

--Focusing on financial best practices for the City and fiscally sound City Budgets below the Property Tax Cap.

--Safeguarding the unique character of the City by supporting policies and programs that enhance inclusiveness in all sectors, preserving a broad, diversified base of talent and services. 

Her positions on immigration policy (being an immigrant herself), gun sense, racial and gender equality and women’s reproductive freedom align with Up2Us values. With respect to climate change, Nadine Hunt Robinson  has an established record on supporting local legislation on aggregated choice for green energy, more electrical cars for City of White Plains vehicles, more electric car charging stations throughout the City, partnering with bike share companies. and phasing out heavy fuel usage for building heating.

 Quoting Nadine- “I will continue to fight to ensure that as White Plains continues to prosper, the doors of access and opportunity remain open to ALL!”

 Up2Us supports all these efforts on a local level and is proud to endorse Nadine Hunt Robinson for re-election as White Plains Council Member.

For further information please go to http://wwww.vote4robinson.com and/or https://www.facebook.com/Vote4Nadine/

Up2Us Endorses Jenn Puja for White Plains Common Council

Up2Us is proud to endorse Jenn Puja for White Plains Common Council. 

Jennifer Lynn Puja is the Labor Council Director for the Westchester/Putnam Central Labor Body AFL-CIO. She was born into a union family and values the importance of unionism and labor history. 

In 2007, she worked part time for the WPCLB and took an interest in the labor movement and the effects it has on the union families in Westchester and Putnam Counties. After being hired fulltime in 2008, she became an active participant in the many committees of the WPCLB. She is proud to be a part of the Social Justice and Labor/Religion Committees and began the first Unionists of Tomorrow and Picnic Committees. She facilitates all of the labor council initiatives and she keeps members and community partners up-to-date.

Jenn is proud to stand with her union brothers and sisters to support them with their local labor issues on picket lines, at rallies and behind the scenes. As an organizer, Jenn has affiliated dozens of new locals as she cultivates coalition partners through Westchester and Putnam Counties. She takes great pride in the work of the labor movement.

She is a lifelong learner with a background in humanistic communications and education. Jenn holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Iona College (summa cum laude) in Humanistic Speech Communications. She has a Master’s Degree from Long Island University (summa cum laude) in Childhood Education and Literacy. Jenn enjoys furthering her education through labor related coursework and workshops.

Among Jenn’s many accomplishments, in 2015 she was honored as one of the Workforce Development Institute Women of the Year in their annual workforce calendar.  In 2017, she was recognized by the Westchester Young Democrats as an honoree for their Spring Gala. Also in 2017, she received the Labor Service Award from the Westchester/Putnam Central Labor Body for her unwavering dedication to working men and women in Westchester and Putnam Counties. She resides in White Plains with her husband and their two children.

Jenn says “We may live in uncertain times. What is certain however is the strength in our unity. Together, we will continue to fight for justice, equality, and human rights. We will work together to advocate and give a voice to many, not just some. Stronger together makes us stronger than ever - it is truly Up2Us!”

 We couldn’t agree more. Up2Us enthusiastically endorses Jenn Puja for White Plains Common Council.