The US Army Nurse Corp was the 1st to require its active duty nurse force to have a BSN in 1976. Our Patients do come first! @Governor Andrew Cuomo, make New York the first in the nation & sign A.1842/S.6768 #BSN10 legislation.
I know I have said it before, but I want to say it again. Thank you. I cannot tell you what an honor it was to receive all the support I did throughout my campaign for State Assembly. Whether you stuffed envelopes, knocked on doors, spent many a late night after work making phone calls on my behalf, or donated in some other way to my campaign, I just cannot thank you enough.
I’ve spent my life serving the people of this country. I joined the US Army at the age of 20 and spent 40 years as a registered nurse. Service is in my blood. And while it did not work out this time around, I look forward to continuing to champion important issues like health care for all, pay equality for women, proper funding for our schools, and good jobs for the people of Central New York. It is an incredibly humbling experience to have individuals bestow upon you something as sacred as their vote. Know that I will continue to fight for what’s right and serve our community in the future. So from the bottom of my heart, once again, thank you.
Diane M. Dwire, RN
PO Box 153
Camillus, NY 13031
Calls for opponent Gary Finch to clarify position on legislative pay increases
Diane Dwire, candidate for the state Assembly’s 126th District, is asking Assemblyman Gary Finch to let the voters know where he stands on the proposed pay raise for legislators. Finch has implied that there should be a pay raise despite the fact that legislators already make a minimum $79,500 per year.
“The current pay for state lawmakers is more than adequate, and when so many Central New York families struggle to get by, it’s difficult to justify hiking that pay even higher,” Dwire said. “The needs of our families and communities should always come first, not raises for lawmakers.”
Finch has said that he opposes the 47 percent pay raise currently being floated, but that having no pay raise at all is “not a good thing.” This ambiguity could mean anything from a 1 percent to a 46 percent raise, and Finch has yet to clarify his position on the matter. Can anyone figure out where he stands on this important issue?
Public records show that, in 2015, Finch received $18,000 in bonus pay from the Assembly as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars in outside income. Over the years, he has also repeatedly voted against raising the minimum wage and establishing paid family leave – two policies that go a long way toward helping the same working families whose taxes pay for his salary, Dwire noted.
“Most Central New Yorkers make a fraction of what our state legislators make,” Dwire said. “We need to do more to help middle-class families, not use taxpayer dollars to pad politicians’ pockets.”
Dwire staunchly opposes a pay raise for officials, and if elected, she will donate the salary increase along with her pension to local charities.
Assembly candidate Diane Dwire announced that she will be kicking off a districtwide tour on Oct. 8 to continue her efforts to hear directly from voters. Dwire is running for the 126th Assembly District.
“I’m looking forward to talking to more folks here to find out about the issues that matter most to them,” said Dwire. “I’m ready to bring new energy to the Assembly and fight for more jobs and lower taxes to make life better for Central New York families.”
If elected, Dwire pledges to hold annual town hall meetings in every county throughout the district to keep an open line of communication with local residents and hear what’s on their minds.
Dwire, a native of Camillus, has strong roots in the community. She has over 20 years of service in the military as a nurse and has worked in a detox facility so she knows what needs to be done to combat the devastating heroin epidemic.
Dwire has been out in the community, talking to as many voters as possible, and has already personally visited nearly 2,000 homes across the district.
Dwire’s tour stops and dates are listed below:
Saturday, Oct. 8: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Campaign headquarters open house. 5111 W. Genesee St., Camillus.
Sunday, Oct. 9: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Veterans Memorial Park, 170 Genesee Street, Auburn.
Saturday, Oct. 15: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Sherburne Post Office, 4 W. State St.
Sunday, Oct. 16: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 17 S. Main St., Homer (across from post office)
For more information on Diane Dwire’s campaign for Assembly, visit dianedwire.com or call 315-748-6777.
“In 2014, my campaign received a contribution from COR Development. Yesterday, I learned that two executives from the organization were brought up on bribery charges. In light of this news, I will be donating the contribution to several local charities. The $500 that was contributed will be divided among the Heroin Epidemic Action League (HEAL) and Cayuga Centers in Cayuga County, the Young Women’s Community Association (YWCA) of Cortland County, American Legion Post 1540 in Onondaga County and the Chenango County Farm Bureau. These worthy causes will ensure the money is invested in bettering our community.
“We deserve a government that’s transparent and accountable, and I’ll fight to make that a reality. Corruption has absolutely no place in public service. We’ve had to put up with one scandal after the next for far too long – it’s time to end that.
“I will crack down on politicians who abuse their office for their own gain, because the only voice that should matter in Albany is ours, not the special interests who pay to play. I’ll lead by example and donate my pension to charity while in office. Above all, I’ll work to put the needs of our community first.”
One of the reasons I decided to run for office is because I’ve heard time and time again from teachers and parents that Common Core isn’t working for our kids. While the idea behind it may have been well-intentioned, it’s apparent that these new standards have done more harm than good for New York students.
Under Common Core, students are tested excessively and educators have resorted to teaching to the test. This is a no-win situation that has resulted in undue stress and anxiety. Our students and teachers deserve better, and they can’t afford to wait any longer – it’s time to make major changes now.
In the Assembly, I’ll work to get the focus back on learning rather than testing. Bureaucrats in Washington and Albany shouldn’t be controlling our schools; we need to return control to the local level, because it’s the teachers in the classrooms who work every day with our children who know what works best.
The other key component to providing a quality education is making sure our schools get their fair share of funding from the state so that teachers have the resources they need. And it’s also important to ensure that our schools are fairly funded so that every child has an equal chance to reach their full potential.
As your representative in Albany, our children’s education will be one of my top priorities, and I’ll fight to secure more funding for our schools here in Central New York and make sure our teachers have the ability to do what they do best – teach. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please visit dianedwire.com or call 315-748-6777.
Planned Parenthood, United Association of Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 267 (UA), and International Brotherhood/Sisterhood of Electrical Workers Local 43 (IBEW) have endorsed Diane Dwire in her bid for the 126th District of the NYS Assembly. Receiving votes of confidence from these dynamic organizations is a great honor for Diane; and she looks forward to continuing to fight alongside them for healthcare and working rights.
Diane Dwire has received the endorsement of the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) for the 2016 election. Considering her extensive background in and vigorous dedication to healthcare issues, this is a particularly noteworthy distinction for Diane. Please see: http://www.nysna.org/blog/2016/08/22/nysna-announces-2016-state-assembly-and-senate-endorsements#.V8RfdfkrKUk.