Syracuse, NY – Central and western New York seniors and retirees hosted a press conference Friday the 12th with Dana Balter, Democratic nominee for Congress in NY-24, to talk about concerns over threats to the critical programs of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.
Bill Spreter, retired teacher and regional representative for the NYS Alliance for Retired Americans, and Pat Greenberg, retired RN, spoke about the concerns of the district for proposed cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. John Katko has refused to protect Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security in the Balanced Budget Amendment.
Balter is running on a platform of Medicare-for-All and supports the full protection and expansion of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. These programs are earned benefits that Americans have paid into our entire working lives. They are a contract between our government and our people and must be protected.
Dana Balter is a lifelong educator whose commitment to dignity and access for everyone began early when she helped her brother stand up to bullies who targeted his cognitive disabilities. She returned to her family roots in upstate New York when she enrolled at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School in 2003. Most recently, she taught undergraduate and graduate courses there in citizenship, public policy, administration, and democracy.
Dana began her campaign in her living room in Syracuse’s Outer Comstock neighborhood. That campaign has grown into a massive grassroots movement committed to showing up, listening, and standing up for the people of central and western New York.