I wanted to wish you a safe and happy Labor Day.
These days, Labor Day is celebrated by cookouts, time with family, and making the most of the last days of summer. However, it is important to remember why we celebrate. Workers and workers’ movements in this country made innumerable social and economic contributions to America’s success.
We work in places with good wages and safe environments because of the labor movement. Working men and women were among the first to stand up for civil rights and a woman’s right to vote. Labor stands for opportunity, the ability to make a living and make sure your children can do better than you did.
I grew up in a union household. My father routinely worked 70-80 hours per week to make sure that his children could have an education. These are labor values, and labor values are American values. Over the past ten years, I’ve been proud to have the support of the Long Island Federation of Labor, New York State United Teachers, the Nassau Suffolk Building Trades Council, the Communications Workers of America, SEIU, CSEA, and United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500, among others. They are all groups that fight for the same thing my father fought for—opportunity.
On this Labor Day, I hope you enjoy one of the last weekends this summer has to offer, and I also hope you reflect on why we celebrate.
Healthcare reform is about helping middle class families. Before the Affordable Care Act was passed, children were denied coverage for urgent treatments, leaving parents to pay out of pocket. Seniors in the Medicare "Donut Hole" coverage gap saw their budgets explode with the rising cost of prescription drugs, and a new generation of young people set out into the job market without crucial healthcare coverage. I joined my colleagues in the House to fix this problem.
The time for political hand wringing is over. The Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, and we now need to put partisanship aside and implement the benefits and patient protections that this law delivers for middle class families on Long Island.
Many of my colleagues in the House of Representatives are plotting repeal, and my opponent has indicated he supports repeal as well, without offering any plan to replace it.
It's clear that the law is already working for families and businesses in New York’s First District, by the numbers:
4,700: The number of young adults who are able to stay on their parents’ insurance, making sure that while they’re getting started in their careers, they don’t have to worry about losing everything from...
I’ve often said representing you in Congress has been the honor of a lifetime, and that’s the truth. But when it comes to the hardest and most rewarding job of my life, it has been raising my daughters—Molly and Meghan.
Nothing can prepare you for being a father, but I am fortunate to have an exceptional example of fatherhood. I never knew my grandfather. He died when my father was eight years old.
As an only child, my father showed an unimaginable amount of maturity. In order for my family to...
This week it was an honor to earn the endorsement of John Behan—a decorated U.S. Marine Corps veteran, former New York Assemblyman, former director of the New York State division of Veterans’ Affairs, and a distinguished East End Republican leader.
In his endorsement, he mentioned when he first ran for office, he earned the endorsement of Otis Pike, the former Democratic congressman who represented this district for eighteen years. Mr. Behan stressed the importance of voting for the person, not just the party. That’s the way it used to be—putting your hometown values before all else.
John is a true American hero who has spent his entire adult life serving his country, his fellow veterans and his fellow New Yorkers. I believe his willingness to cross party lines to support me says a lot about me as a person of character and it speaks volumes about how hard I have worked and how effective I have been as your congressman for the past nine and a half years. And how does Randy Altschuler respond to John's endorsement of me? He responds by attacking my two daughters. I think Randy's response is all you need to know about his character.
It shouldn’t be like this.
Just like John...
Now that we’re getting closer to warm weather and sunshine, I’ve been thinking more about past summers here. One memory especially sticks out.
In the summer of 1966—the summer I turned 16—I worked the counter at Bridgehampton's Candy Kitchen full time. So much has changed since then. You could always find a parking spot at the beach, and there was never a traffic jam on 27 back then. And though many things have changed, what will never change are the values that were reinforced that summer. Like most kids, my parents instilled the value of hard work in me. That value became real and was strengthened working at that counter.
The promise of America has always been if you work hard and keep your nose clean, you’ll succeed. At the time I thought I was scooping ice cream to earn a little extra money to go out and have fun with my friends. But that summer was strengthening my middle class value of work.
For those in the middle class, nothing is ever handed to you. The only thing we expect is the opportunity to make something of ourselves. The opportunity to get an education and go as far as our ambition and ability will take us.
Seven years after my time at the Candy Kitchen and...
Today I am very proud to introduce my campaign website. Please take a look at Bishop for Congress online and join my campaign!
From my website, you can sign up to volunteer or contribute to my campaign (DONATE HERE). You can also learn about the important issues I am working on for eastern Long Island and for our nation.
I am also very proud to mark this occasion as the tenth anniversary of my first campaign announcement to run for Congress. Following my 29-year career in higher education, I heard the call to public service and followed the advice I have given to so many students over the years– you have to come off the sidelines and be involved if you truly want to make a difference.
Since that time, I have found that representing eastern Long Island is a high honor. And helping my constituents solve their problems is the most rewarding part of the job.
Today, we face enormous challenges. The radical agenda of the congressional leadership would harm millions of Americans and imperil our future. We have to fight to defend our values and priorities.
My likely opponent fully supports that radical agenda and will spend millions on his campaign from the fortune he amassed at the expense of thousands of Americans whose jobs he outsourced. Tea Party- and Karl Rove-led Super PACs that have no interest in Long Island will pour millions of dollars more into...