While the result last night wasn’t what we had hoped for, I’m not discouraged. I’m inspired. I hope you are too.
We have fundamentally changed the political landscape in this state.
We took on one of the most powerful governors in America. We were outspent more than ten to one.
But we refused to back down. We refused to be quiet. And yesterday, we made our voices heard.
New York State is a more progressive place today than it was six months ago, because of what we did. We forced the Governor to make concrete commitments that will change the lives of people in this state.
This campaign changed expectations about what could and should be possible in New York State. We moved issues of racial and economic justice to the forefront. We shined a light on inequality and turned the media’s attention to forgotten communities across this state.
And we did it all without accepting a dime of corporate money.
This was a grassroots, people-powered campaign. We received more individual donations than any Democratic candidate in the history of New York State, and 97% of our contributions came from small-dollar donors.
We started something here in New York that doesn’t end with this election. We will keep fighting because we still believe in a New York that works for the many, not just the few.
To all the young people. To all the young women. To all the young queer people who reject the gender binary.
You are on the right side of history, and every day, your country is moving in your direction.
We started something here, and it doesn’t end today. I know that, together, we will win this fight.
Thank you all. For everything.