Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo announced Wednesday that she will seek a seventh term in the New York State Assembly. She was first elected in 2004 to represent the City of Binghamton and Towns of Union and Vestal. She hand delivered 1,502 petitions, three times the number she needed, to the Board of Elections.
“It is a privilege to serve the people of the 123rd District,” said Lupardo. “I’m running again because the people of Broome County need a strong, experienced voice in Albany.”
Assemblywoman Lupardo currently holds a number of leadership positions at the Capitol including Chair of the Assembly Committee on Children and Families and Co-Chair of the Legislative Aviation Caucus. She is also the elected Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus, representing women legislators in both the Assembly and Senate. She serves on the following Assembly committees: Economic Development, Environmental Conservation, Higher Education, and Transportation.
Over the course of her six terms, Lupardo has worked with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass numerous pieces of legislation that benefit both local and statewide needs. For example, she was instrumental in passing through the Assembly the Work Zone Safety Act which aims to slow drivers down in highway construction areas. Most recently, Lupardo authored bills that will require testing for lead in school drinking water, as well as require regular inspections of public and private parking structures; both of which are the first of their kind in the nation. She also is a champion for local foods and farmers, passing bills to advance the industrial hemp industry in NYS; a crop that could transform the state’s agricultural and manufacturing sectors.
The Assemblywoman plays a key role in the continued redevelopment of the Southern Tier; securing tens of millions of dollars for local projects including: Binghamton University’s Innovative Technologies Complex, SUNY Broome’s new Culinary School at the Carnegie Library, the new Agriculture Development Center at Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Broome County Humane Society’s new shelter in Binghamton. Lupardo also played an integral role on the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council which has won top prizes in four of the REDC’s five years. In 2015, she was the Assembly representative on the Strategic Implementation Assessment Team which was responsible for reviewing the Upstate Revitalization Initiative proposals.
Assemblywoman Lupardo’s office is known for timely, efficient constituent services; helping residents get connected to and navigate state agencies and resources. If reelected, she plans to continue positioning the Southern Tier to take advantage of opportunities for economic growth, while addressing the challenges that residents face on a daily basis.