My name is Patricia Maher and I am the designated Democratic Candidate in the 2nd Congressional District for Nassau and Suffolk County. I come from a not-for-profit background having been the Director of Development and Community Education whose mission was to educate the public about seizure disorders. I was responsible for supervising the Educational Outreach for both Nassau and Suffolk Counties and the liaison for the organization for community, civic and business organizations.
I was previously a candidate for Nassau County Legislator in 2011 and received the endorsement from numerous unions and Long Island papers, including the Long Island Federation of Labor, Newsday, the Nassau County PBA, NYC PBA, CSEA Local 830 and many more. I ran a primary and won with 60% of the vote. I worked with the Nassau County Legislature to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 19 years old, helping to pass Tobacco 19 into law in Nassau County.
I am a graduate of Hofstra University with an M.A. in Humanities and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of South Carolina (USC). I worked for a State Senator Marshall B. Williams, former Chairman of the Banking and Insurance Committee, Columbia, South Carolina. I am a former CSEA Member, Local 830 for Nassau County.
I am running to better represent all of the residents of newly redrawn 2nd Congressional District of New York. The district faces a variety of challenges: from the decline of small businesses on main streets and downtowns, to the heroin epidemic, to rebuilding from Hurricane Sandy. We have the highest taxes in the country and Congress does not hear us.
I believe I can be a force that strongly represents my district while working with not only members of my own party, but also the other side of the aisle to pass effective legislation.
I also am very in touch with Veteran’s Organizations and Nurses organizations. My mother was a Navy Nurse and her brother was a Lt. Commander on the USS Intrepid. I come from a family involved with the Fire Department who worked for years at Ground Zero in New York City.