Pat Kane, RN, for Assembly
Pat Kane is running for election in District 61. Pat has devoted herself to many causes with passion and intelligence. As NYSNA treasurer, she has overseen our union finances with transparency and professionalism. An RN for 35 years, Pat has worked at Staten Island University Hospital and supported fellow RNs, recently helping win a new contract with employer Northwell Health. All the while Pat has committed herself to the betterment of the lives of the people of Staten Island.
Her North Shore district ranges from Mariners Harbor and Port Richmond to West Brighton and St. George—diverse neighborhoods where blue-collar workers live. These are communities in transition, struggling for greater access to economic opportunity, affordable housing, quality education, and healthcare. Pat is committed to the district’s sole safety net hospital, Richmond University Medical Center, and its key role in providing healthcare to underserved communities.
A resident of Staten Island for more than a half century, Pat has worked on many issues, including substance abuse, the lack of mental health services, domestic violence, workers’ rights, and recovery and rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy. She knows the ins and outs of the NYS budget and what it takes to move a progressive policy agenda through Albany.
Karines Reyes, RN, for Assembly
Karines Reyes is running for election in District 87. A devoted RN at Montefiore Weiler Hospital and a strong advocate for her community, Karines has lived in the district where she is seeking office for 18 years. As a woman of Dominican and Puerto Rican heritage, Karines has special insights into the needs of her district’s communities. which include Parkchester, Castle Hill, West Farms, Van Nest and Park Stratton in the Bronx. These neighborhoods are home to hard-working immigrants—Latinos, African-Americans, and Southeast Asians. Union support is strong and the need for affordable healthcare and an inclusive economy top their agenda. Karines is keenly aware of these community needs.
She speaks with knowledge about equitable funding for local public schools, state investment in infrastructure to address transportation needs, and on the topic of economic development to bring jobs to the Bronx. With experience as an RN and NYSNA member, her call for funding for community hospitals to counter threats of federal cuts rings loud and clear. She also answered the call to travel to Puerto Rico to provide medical assistance to people affected by the damage of Hurricane Maria.