Diane Dwire Receives Endorsements from CWA, SEIU, & Union Painters

Communications Workers of America Local 1123 (CWA), Service Employees International Union Local 1199 (SEIU), and Painters Local 31 (District Council 4) have all endorsed Diane Dwire for NYS Assembly. Diane is gratified that these prestigious labor organizations have recognized her commitment to working women and men. Together, they will strive for a fairer work environment and better life for everyone in the 126th District.

Diane Dwire Announces Candidacy for New York State Assembly 126th District


DATE: July 4, 2016

CONTACT: Sandra Carter, campaignmanager@dianedwire.com, (315) 373-7357

Military Veteran Diane Dwire Announces Candidacy for New York State Assembly 126th District

Camillus, NY – Diane Dwire, United States Army Corps veteran and registered nurse is running for the New York State Assembly 126th District.

A dedicated public servant, Diane served as Camillus Town Councilor for six years and as board secretary and treasurer for the Syracuse Metro League of Women Voters. She currently serves on the Onondaga and Camillus Democratic Committees, the board of directors for the Central New York Chapter of the National Organization for Women and the Council on Legislation of the New York State Nurses Association, and is the State Democratic committeewoman for the 126th Assembly District. She is retired from the New York State Department of Health where she participated in the development of the Bioterrorism Preparedness Plan and the Smallpox Plan for Central New York. Chief among her reasons for running for New York State Assembly is to have the concerns of Central New Yorkers represented in Albany. Growing more jobs, investing in education, restoring trust in government, and safeguarding healthcare will be her top priorities in Albany.

Diane was born and raised in Camillus, New York and understands the concerns of her district. Diane is dedicated to keeping our young people here by bringing good-paying jobs to Central New York. She will work to secure funding for our schools to ensure that children have every opportunity to succeed. She will push to reform Common Core to relieve unnecessary stress on students and teachers. As a registered nurse with nearly three decades of experience in the public health field, Diane understands how devastating addiction can be and is dedicated to addressing the current heroin epidemic in her district. Diane will fight to secure the reproductive rights of women and provide mental health facilities for Central New Yorkers.

“After 20 years serving our nation in the military, I’ve learned that being a leader means having the courage to do what’s right for the people you represent. I’ve heard the concerns of those in my district and I look forward to doing right by them in Albany”.

The Syracuse Post-Standard Endorses Diane Dwire

Editorial endorsement: Diane Dwire in the 126th Assembly District

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By Editorial Board
on October 27, 2014 at 8:05 PM

The two candidates vying to represent the 126th Assembly District couldn’t be more opposite in their views on what it means to work in Albany.

After 15 years in the Assembly, incumbent Republican Gary Finch says his main role is to help his constituents through the state’s red tape. It is not to bring home state money to the district, he says.

Democratic challenger Diane Dwire has a broader view of the job. She says that if she is elected, her role will be to see that the 126th District gets its fair share of state funding. Her other priorities will be growing jobs, economic development, protecting the state’s precious water supplies from fracking and ensuring equal pay for women.

For her goals and her energetic approach to governing, we endorse Dwire for the 126th Assembly District. The district encompasses the western suburbs of Onondaga County, as well as portions of Cayuga, Cortland and Chenango counties.

While constituent service is an important role for any state legislator, it isn’t his or her only job. As a member of the majority party, Dwire will be in a better position to bring state money home to Central New York. But, she will need to be careful that the funds don’t come with strings attached to Albany’s leaders.

Dwire says that she’s an independent person, who speaks her mind and has zero tolerance for unethical conduct. We urge her to maintain those high ideals in Albany.

Finch gained the western portion of Onondaga County in the 2012 redistricting. He ran unopposed that year. This time around, with an opponent from Onondaga County, he declined an opportunity to meet with the editorial board. We have no insight into his philosophy or motivations beyond what we read in the papers.

We endorse Dwire for the 126th Assembly District.

Resources for this race
» District map
» Polling place locator and sample ballot for Onondaga County,Cayuga County,Cortland County, Chenango County
» Coverage of this race on syracuse.com
» Politics and Elections coverage on syracuse.com

Why we endorse candidates

The purpose of an editorial endorsement is to provide a thoughtful assessment of the choices voters face in an election. The editorial board operates independently and separately from news coverage. We rely on the reporting of the news staff, as you do, for information about the candidates and their positions on issues. The board gains further insights through formal and informal contacts with the candidates. We are watching them all the time, not just at election time.

We offer editorial endorsements to stimulate the public conversation and promote civic engagement. Voting is a privilege and an obligation of citizenship. That part is up to you.

State Senator Valesky endorses Diane Dwire for Assembly

State Assembly candidate Diane Dwire announced that she received the endorsement of state Senator David Valesky. Dwire is challenging incumbent Gary Finch in the 126th Assembly District.

“Diane Dwire will work to bring good-paying jobs to Central New York,” said Valesky. “I look forward to partnering with her to invest in our local economy, lower taxes for middle-class families and attract jobs to our region. I know Diane, and I know that she’ll be the strong voice Central New York deserves.”

With over 20 years of experience in the Army and Reserves – retiring as a Lt. Colonel – and as a nurse, Dwire has demonstrated a solid commitment to her community and her country. She’ll bring that same dedication to Albany as she works to create more opportunities for Central New York families.

As part of her plan to create jobs, Dwire would provide tax incentives to encourage new businesses to make long-term commitments to the area, while also providing support to existing businesses so they can grow and create new positions. She would also work to update and improve our infrastructure so businesses and small farmers have access to the resources they need.

Further, Dwire would use her experience in the Camillus Chamber of Commerce continuing to work closely with other local chambers of commerce to improve business districts in the area and help establish strong centers of economic growth.

“Our hardworking families deserve good-paying jobs right here at home, and in order to create those jobs, we need to help our businesses grow and succeed,” said Dwire. “Senator Valesky and I would make a good team – working together to make New York more business friendly and encourage investment in our communities.”

Diane Dwire outlines plan to bring good-paying jobs to Central New York

Assembly candidate Diane Dwire outlined her plan to attract good-paying jobs to Central New York as she completed the final stop on her districtwide tour, which included visits in all four counties that comprise the 126th Assembly District.

“The bottom line is that we need to make it easier for businesses to move here and grow so Central New York families have the good-paying jobs they need to succeed,” said Dwire. “My plan focuses on the jobs we can help create now, as well as the long-term investments we need for sustainable growth in the future.”

In the Assembly, Dwire plans to provide tax incentives to encourage new businesses to make long-term commitments to the area, while also providing support for existing businesses so they can continue growing. She also believes we need to update and improve our infrastructure – and protect our water supply – so businesses and small farmers have access to the resources they need. At the same time, Dwire plans to work closely with local chambers of commerce to improve business districts and Main Streets in the area, establishing strong centers of economic growth.

Dwire noted that the need for good-paying jobs is among the top concerns she has been hearing from voters along her tour, which is why she is outlining a series of steps to create better opportunities for employment in Central New York.

“In order to know what people’s concerns are, you need to meet with them and really take time to listen to them,” said Dwire. “That’s what I’ve been doing this entire campaign, and that’s what I’ll do in the Assembly.”

An Army veteran and retired nurse with over 20 years of experience, Dwire has demonstrated a long-lasting commitment to our communities and our country. She is also an advocate for women’s rights and equal pay, and has been endorsed by many women’s rights groups and labor organizations.

Sierra Club endorses Diane Dwire for state Assembly

State Assembly candidate Diane Dwire, who is challenging incumbent Gary Finch in the 126th Assembly District, was endorsed by the Sierra Club, one of the nation’s largest and most respected environmental groups. The Sierra Club pointed to Dwire’s commitment to protecting Central New York’s water supply and the environment as the main reasons for their endorsement.

“The Sierra Club is one of the most impassioned voices defending our environment today,” said Dwire. “From protecting our water supply, to opposing hydrofracking, I look forward to partnering with the Sierra Club to ensure a healthy environment that we can pass along to our children.”

In the Assembly, Republican Gary Finch has continuously opposed protecting Central New York’s water supply – voting “NO” three times on a temporary moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (A.7400 of 2011, A.5424-A of 2013, A.5424-B of 2014). Diane Dwire, in contrast, has committed herself to supporting stronger regulations of drinking water and opposing hydraulic fracturing until, and only if, it is proven to be completely safe.

Rhea Jezer, Political Chair Iroquois Group stated, “Diane Dwire is deeply concerned about the environmental future of this district and has shown a commitment to protect our natural resources and promote energy efficiency and green jobs. Her opponent has shown little interest in the health and natural environment of the district or the state.”

Martha Loew, Chair, Iroquois Group added, “This district has long been under-served with an Assemblyman who has a record of voting for environmental protection under 40 percent of the time, including voting against a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing three times. Sierra Club urges all interested in the health and environment to vote for Diane Dwire.”

Representing more than 2 million members and supporters nationwide, the Sierra Club is one of the most influential grassroots organizations working to protect the environment. The organization has been actively involved in conserving millions of acres of wilderness, passing pro-environment laws on the federal and state levels and in the fight to curb the effects of climate change.

Assembly candidate Diane Dwire attends 5th Annual Wear Purple Day

Diane Dwire, candidate for state Assembly in the 126th District, attended the Wear Purple Day event hosted by the Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency (CSCAA) as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.

The event, held at the Cayuga County Courthouse, focused on the impact of domestic violence on the community. Last year, the Domestic Violence Services Department responded to over 350 hotline calls in the area. Attendees wore purple and released balloons from the steps of the courthouse to show their support for domestic violence victims.

“There is absolutely no place for domestic violence in our communities, and we must do everything in our power to raise awareness and prevent these heinous acts from occurring,” Dwire said. “The Domestic Violence Services Department provides lifesaving support for many families in our community, and we are grateful for the dedication of its workers and volunteers who are truly making a difference in people’s lives.”

As a registered nurse, Diane Dwire understands the sensitivity of each domestic violence case and has seen the need for support for both women and men, although women are more likely to be victims of domestic violence. Diane has been a leading advocate for women for decades, and will continue to be a strong voice for women’s equality in the state Assembly.

CSCAA’s Domestic Violence Services Department offers a confidential 24-hour hotline you can call anytime to receive information, emotional support and emergency help: 315-255-6221.

Assembly candidate Diane Dwire completes first leg of campaign tour

Diane Dwire, the Democratic candidate for state Assembly in the 126th District, had a successful start to her four-county campaign tour, making stops at the Sherburne Post Office and Shove Park in Camillus.

“Meeting and listening to neighbors and families has been wonderful and I’m looking forward to the next stops of the tour to meet as many members of our community as I can before Election Day,” said Dwire. “I’m hearing what matters to our community and letting people know what I stand for – fighting for fair and equal pay for women, helping businesses create good-paying local jobs and lowering taxes so that our families can succeed.”

Diane Dwire has been walking door to door and attending events throughout the community, meeting with small businesses, visiting veterans and senior centers and stopping by more than 3,000 homes. She hopes to meet at least 10,000 voters by Election Day. She looks forward to continuing her districtwide tour with the following stops:

Oct. 18, noon-2 p.m., Lily Lanetree Boutique, Homer

Oct. 19, 10 a.m.- noon, Veterans Memorial Park, Auburn

An Army veteran and nurse with over 20 years of experience, Diane Dwire has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to her community and country. A strong advocate for women’s rights and fair pay, she has received endorsements from women’s rights groups and labor organizations. She has made clear that she has zero tolerance for elected officials who abuse their office and believes corrupt politicians should be stripped of taxpayer-funded salaries and benefits. If elected, she plans to donate her pension to local charities.

For more information regarding Diane Dwire’s campaign, visit dianedwire.com or call 315-459-1702.

Auburn Mayor Michael Quill endorses Diane Dwire for Assembly


Auburn Mayor Michael Quill announced his endorsement of State Assembly candidate Diane Dwire, who is challenging incumbent Gary Finch in the 126th Assembly District.

“Diane Dwire has done so much for our community and country, as a veteran and a nurse for more than 20 years,” said Mayor Quill, “In the Assembly, she’ll be a strong fighter for the needs of our communities – growing jobs, investing in our local economy, lowering taxes and making sure our veterans have the care they deserve. I’m confident that she’s the right choice and will be a strong voice representing Auburn families in Albany.”

With over 20 years of experience in the Army, retiring as a Lt. Colonel, Diane Dwire has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to her community and country.

A lifelong Central New Yorker, Dwire is committed to helping middle-class families get ahead. She will fight to pass the full Women’s Equality Act and make equal pay for women a reality in New York State. She has also been vocal about supporting a higher minimum wage, because hardworking families shouldn’t have to struggle to make ends meet.

Dwire understands that in order for Central New York to move forward, we need to create good-paying jobs, invest in our local businesses, lower taxes and ensure our city and schools get their fair share of state aid. She will fight to ensure that our workforce is trained to meet the needs of the evolving job market while making sure that businesses that get state tax breaks commit to hiring locally and staying within New York State.

“Mayor Quill has always been there for the people of Auburn, and I look forward to working with him to make sure the needs of our community are met,” said Dwire. “As a fellow veteran, he and I share an unwavering commitment to helping our community succeed and to caring for our veterans.”