Category: Government

Happy Mother’s Day: Acts of Valor & an Announcement

This year, in this election, we are called to reaffirm our values, we hold them against a hard reality and see how we are measuring up, to the legacy of our grandmothers, mothers, and the promise of future generations for our daughters & sons. Today is Mother’s Day. The day we celebrate the very women who gave us life. We are thankful for the opportunity to experience all of life, the good and the bad. The sense of duality that teaches us to discover the light in ourselves.

We are honoring the light that gives this world so much joy, happiness and purpose. On days like today we think about women like Susan B. Anthony who went to jail for our right to vote or Elizabeth Cady Staton who led the Seneca Falls Convention. Maybe you think about Sojourner Truth & Harriet Tubman who risked their lives freeing people from slavery. I tend to think about Rosa Parks and her ability to stand up to poorly inherited traditions.

When I think about all of these women, I admire their courage. Their heart and their acts of valor in the face of danger to propel society forward for future generations. Through my gratitude for life and surrender to courage, I have committed to following in their footsteps for a journey, I believe will change America.

Today, I announce my run for the Town of Wappinger Councilwoman position for ward 2. It is with great humbleness that I ask for both our support and your vote. Lets inspire a generation of leaders to STAND UP and EMERGE from the darkness and let our lights SHINE! Please contribute, volunteer and vote for our campaign. Sign up now for our newsletter!

With Many Thanks! Happy Mother’s Day,

Hudson Valley VA Empowerment

We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us are defending the United States of America. What we have already accomplished gives us hope – the audacity to hope – for what we can and must achieve tomorrow. Filling the gap between where we are today and the dream of a more perfect world is where we must align our vision and our actions. It is with profound gratitude and great humility, I am running for town councilwoman. America has been talking about our oil addiction for the last thirty years. Likewise, it is important for Western countries to avoid impeding Muslim citizens from practicing religion as they see fit – for instance, by dictating what clothes a Muslim woman should wear or allowing Christians the right to protect their rights as well. These values transfer to how we need to raise our standards and treat Veterans. Americans need to support Veterans by ensuring and expanding mental and emotional health services for those who so bravely served our country.

I know and I understand the importance of the VA and the value it brings to Veterans in our Community. You see, when I separated from the Marine Corps. and settled in Wappingers Falls, New York. I was not only scared, feeling anxiety but also depressed and alone. My negative emotions were so profound that I contemplated suicide and giving up on life. I felt like the world was this painful burden that was just too much to handle. It was at the peak of my pain and in the pond of my tears that I called the VA and asked for help. I went to mental health and I began a long journey of CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). While it was hard, learning how to feel and process my emotions were this foreign experience that surfaced fear and anxiety. In time, those feeling passed and this new and beautiful worldview emerged within me. I felt hope for the first time in my life.

At the time, I didn’t know where I would be today in my life. As I am sitting here writing to you about some of my deepest pains, I hope you can see why I am motivated to protect and support others in my position. I believe in the importance of gratitude. I believe that serving God starts with showing gratitude through actions. I am running for the town board to serve our community so that I can express my gratitude. It is through sharing my story and representing the needs of both male and female veterans my heart remains connected to those I share such an impactful story with.

Thank you, and God bless America.



Cut Wasteful Spending by Indexing Town Board Wages to Social Security

We can do better. Working in the investment industry for the last 8 years has certainly opened my eyes to what it is like to be a senior citizen in America. My job is to ensure my clients can navigate financial obstacles that occur in retirement. To my surprise, through experience and time I learned how detrimental the lack of retirement planning is to someone’s family. The current systems in place are designed to take the wealth that you and your family have accumulated.

Perhaps you have been through the experiences some of my clients have had. A family member gets sick and ends up in the hospital, only to find out they need to enter a nursing home for long term rehabilitation. This is not only an experience, I have been through over a 100 times with clients but this is also something I am dealing with right now in my life with my grandmother. She got pneumonia about a month and half ago and became to weak to go home.

I educated my mom on the process to ensure she can go to a nursing home to get the care she needed and how to plan and prepare for it as I have a tremendous amount of experience with this situation. This was the first time that my feelings and connection to my career became so profound. It was as if this singularity occurred inside me that pushed me to get involved in politics.

The way Medicare works is that it is designed to cover basic medical expenses. The reality is 70% of us will needs long term care. The costs of long term care in the State of New York run approx. $ 100,000.00 a year. According to the Certified Financial Planning Board, men need long term care on average for 3.5 years while women need care for an average of 2.7 years. In the event that someone does not plan for this, it is extremely likely that $ 700,000.00 will go to health care costs for seniors.

That means the hard earned money you worked so hard for your entire life, that you hope to pass on to your heirs goes to the healthcare sector instead. Unless someone teaches you how to play the game effectively and helps you keep your wealth. That or you elect someone that understands this game that is rigged against you and your family. Trusting they will advocate for you and impose change to protect you and your loved ones. I can assure you that person is me.

While the office I am running for right now is my stepping stone to effect change. Everyone needs to start somewhere. I need you to help elevate me in to a political role where I can advocate for you on healthcare. Every other major country in the world protects their citizens through healthcare, except the U.S. We are the only major country in the WORLD that has a for-profit healthcare sector. They rely on your deepest vulnerabilities to steal money from you. There is hope. We can do better and we will. When we stand together and say we deserve more, as the wealthiest nation of earth there is no reason why our citizens are treated like 3rd world citizens.

I ask that you keep my vision for a better future in mind. We will all age and 70% of us will end up in this situation so lets work towards sensible solutions that protect us and our family’s wealth.

How do we protect senior citizens in Wappingers Falls? Knowing that our community’s seniors will embark on a tough unnecessary journey? We start by contacting their experience to that of elected officials. In 2016, the town board raised their wages by a whopping, yes whopping, 18%. When they were questioned about it, they stated is was a COLA increase. Cost of Living Increases have not been that high. According to the Congress Social Security COLA was not even 1% this year. Their wage increase accounts for 13 years of COLA.
Seniors will only be at the forefront of our community when we tie elected official COLA to Social Security. It now forces community leaders to keep you and your aging family members at the top of mind. This connection is the vital to problem solving for seniors as it means that elected officials are always in your position. Therefore they have to keep you at the top of mind! That is the kind of politics we should thrive for!



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The Importance of Accessibility & Empowering Our Most Vulnerable

I feel I could play a small part in the continuing battle for justice by helping rebuild some of Wappinger’s poorest neighborhoods. But what so many people in my life fail to understand is that embarking on a program of self-development also requires a belief that society can change. Many more are simply skeptical that real change can occur.

I thought of the families I’ve met who were struggling to get by without a loved one’s full income. Their story very much connects with mine. My father was a police officer in the NYPD 40th precinct. When I was 4 years old, my mom told me my dad was hurt and he was in the hospital. I didn’t understand what happened at that age but I did come to understand what pain is and what it feels like. Our lives drastically changed. We became resource scarce.

My family’s story line is one of struggle. We’re not that different from everyone else. We’ve had our points where we were separated through circumstance and we have had our times where love super-cedes the entropy that we have faced. Change occurs when we believe that we can. When we work as a society to build stronger families through collectively creating opportunities for families  is the we thrive.

Little changes like sidewalks on the backroads near Route 9, create opportunity, safety and a sense of empowerment for the less fortunate who have to walk to work to feed their families. When we acknowledge our  vulnerable individuals and send their families messages that when we stand up for ALL, we are a community of empowerment! That is what a politics of hope is.

Do we participate in a politics of fear or do we participate in a politics of hope? The politics we pick determines how our children will experience life. That is how important our decisions are. Which one will you pick? I ask that you help us fund a politics of hope. Go to our donate now page on the home page under the briefings tab.

With Love,

Janelle  (D-NY)