By New York State Nurses Association | October 31, 2020

Nurses prioritize candidates that advocate for a more just healthcare system

New York, NY—The New York State Nurses Association has been getting out the vote for State Senate candidates who will ensure New York is prepared for crises like COVID-19 and who will build a more just healthcare system.

NYSNA is proud to endorse and get out the vote for Kevin Thomas for State Senate District 6. We believe he will continue to be a strong advocate for nurses, patients, and the communities of Long Island.

“NYSNA nurses truly appreciate Kevin Thomas’ leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said NYSNA Executive Director Pat Kane, RN. “He stood with nurses speaking out for more PPE and better health and safety protocols during the first COVID-19 surge, and he was there in solidarity with Northwell/Long Island Jewish Valley Stream nurses advocating for a fair contract that delivers quality care to patients. We need to re-elect leaders like Thomas who truly care for all members of the community.”

With 40,000 members throughout New York State, NYSNA nurses have been engaged in several priority electoral races, partnering with labor and community-based organizations to talk to voters on the street and organize virtual phone banks to get out the vote.

In the 2020 elections, NYSNA nurses have prioritized working to elect and re-elect NYSNA champions who will move a bold agenda to protect the public’s health with safe staffing, healthcare for all, and fair taxation.

“With no end in sight to the COVID-19 pandemic, and as we see cases rise in New York State and throughout the U.S., it is vital that we elect leaders who will advocate for healthcare justice, strong worker protections, and economic solutions that help heal the communities hardest hit by the pandemic and racial injustice,” said NYSNA Executive Director, Pat Kane, RN.




The New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) represents more than 42,000 members in New York State. We are New York’s largest union and professional association for registered nurses. For more information, please visit our website at www.nysna.org.