Top Issues

Immigration & Our Borders

A government’s top responsibility is to protect its citizens and their property, but this administration’s open-border policy is an abject failure with illegal immigration putting our communities at enormous risk. Crime is rising. Programs designed to support vulnerable Americans like disabled veterans and the homeless are burdened. And many of our public elementary and secondary schools suffer from a lack of resources. 

America is a proud nation of immigrants, and it is also a nation of laws. Jim believes we should welcome those who go through the immigration process to obtain legal residency. Unfortunately, illegal border crossings, involvement of Mexican drug cartels and arrests of people on the terror watch list have turned an immigration issue into an invasion.

Jim believes the immediate need is to secure our borders by closing certain points of entry and providing additional resources to our Border Patrol Agents. Then, Congress can address the more complex issue of immigration-policy reform. 

As a member of Congress, Jim will support efforts to strengthen our border security and push to reinstate policies from the previous administration to ensure safety for all citizens while providing humane conditions for those wishing to come here. 

Inflation & Economic Growth

Historic levels of inflation are taxing middle-class families and hurting small businesses across Long Island. Whether at the grocery store or the gas pump, rising prices are holding families back from economic security.

As a child in the 1970’s with a Father on a fixed-income and now as a parent with four children, Jim has experienced the stress and fear inflation brings to households. When serving in Congress, ending this historic inflation will be a top priority. When in Congress Jim will support policies which: 

  • Enact pro-growth tax and regulatory policies.
  • End the spending sprees in Washington that is devaluing the dollar and prolonging the inflation crisis.
  • Increases energy independence and encourages the development of alternative and renewable energy sources.
  • Normalize monetary policy

Fentanyl Poisoning Crisis

The fentanyl poisoning crisis is a tragedy of epic proportions and a national security threat that requires a holistic and highly coordinated response from our government – starting with stricter border security.

As a member of Congress, Jim will use his knowledge of how the financial markets operate to support efforts which seek to shut down the money laundering schemes used by those organizations and individuals involved in the production and distribution of illegal fentanyl, including endorsing the “Stop Fentanyl Money Laundering Act” which would place Mexican cartels on a path towards becoming considered as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. 

Energy

Our nation’s national security and economic well-being require reliable forms of energy. Jim believes that the federal government should not be picking winners and losers when it comes to various forms of energy. The United States should instead adopt an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy that includes a long-term, multifaceted approach to address the current status of high energy prices and the lack of energy independence.

A comprehensive energy package that increases energy independence and encourages the development of alternative and renewable energy sources would ensure that we are providing energy solutions without placing America at a competitive disadvantage with the rest of the world.

Affordability in NY-03

The cost of living in New York’s 3rd Congressional district is at an all-time high due to increased energy costs; rising inflation and the capping on the State and Local Tax (“SALT”) deduction. Whether you drive to work or take the LIRR, your commuting costs have gone up dramatically due to the high cost of gasoline, increases to tolls and train fares and now new fees associated with the MTA’s congestion pricing program. Homes have become less affordable due to high interest rates and households have seen rising prices on groceries; child care; healthcare and other goods.  As a member of Congress Jim will support policies which lower the cost of energy and provide for economic growth. Jim will also work on a bipartisan basis to restore the State and Local Tax (“SALT”) deduction while also putting pressure on state and city legislatures to put in place common sense tax codes and reduce fees.

Federal Spending

By most any measurement: debt as percentage of GDP; the amount of debt per capita or debt per taxpayer; the continued deficit spending by the government is a burden to future generations and threatens our national security. Today, our best chance of closing our budgetary gap is by growing the economy while exercising fiscal responsibility.

When in Congress, Jim will support policies which foster growth; do not unduly burden citizens and are fiscally responsible.

Stock Trading in Washington DC

Occurrences or appearances of insider trading erode the public trust in government and undermine our democracy by destroying the reputations of the government and its institutions. As a former stock trader at a premier financial firm Jim understands the policies and surveillance to detect trading on material non-public information. Jim is well qualified to recognize this nefarious behavior.

As a member of congress, Jim will take a pledge to not trade any stocks or crypto currencies will work on a bipartisan basis to craft thoughtful and effective legislation which will instill public trust that government officials who are privy to material and nonpublic information will not use that knowledge to benefit themselves at our expense. 

2nd Amendment & Responsible Gun Ownership

The right to bear arms is an essential means for citizens to protect themselves, their families and their property. With the government’s failure to protect our borders coupled with the increasing trend of “cashless bail” policies and repeated calls to defund the police, our 2nd Amendment rights are increasingly more important today. Jim believes in responsible gun ownership and data-driven policies which seek to improve gun safety.

Parental Rights

Parents have the primary authority and responsibility for the upbringing and well-being of their children. Parental rights encompass various aspects of a child’s life, including education, healthcare, and the protection of personal information in the context of public schools and the pervasive influence of social media. As a parent to four adult children who graduated public school, Jim and his wife Jeanine have experienced much and realize at times parents are hesitant to advocate on behalf of their child for concerns of retribution.

When in Congress Jim will be a steadfast advocate for parental rights.

Antisemitism

 Antisemitism manifests in various forms, from veiled discrimination to overt violence.  Our nation has seen an increase in hate crimes perpetuating this bigotry and undermining the safety and rights of Jewish communities, including college and other students. Combatting this evil demands a concerted effort to promote tolerance, educate citizens and enforce laws designed to safeguard against discrimination and persecution.

Jim will battle antisemitism and ensure threats and acts of violence against the Jewish people are punished.

Seniors: Social Security & Medicare

Our government cannot go back on its promises to those who have contributed to Social Security and Medicare as their primary means towards an affordable retirement. It is our responsibility that these programs remain solvent and that any attempts to modernize their structure be limited to new entrants to the labor force.

Our Veterans

Those who serve in the military represent our nation’s best. Providing benefits to them upon their return is not just a gesture of gratitude, it’s a moral imperative that reflects our gratitude for their service, supports their families, helps them overcome the challenges of transitioning to civilian life, and benefits society as a whole. By honoring our veterans and investing in their well-being, we uphold the values of service and sacrifice that are fundamental to our nation’s identity and ensure that they can lead fulfilling and productive lives beyond the battlefield.

As the brother of a veteran with mental-health issues, Jim is aware of the vital services which are and are not offered to the nation’s veterans. When in Congress Jim will prioritize the needs of veterans and their families to ensure they are receiving the services they so well deserve.

Our Environment

More needs to be done to improve the quality of our water and soil against pollutants. Nature offers a plethora of benefits to both adults and children, spanning physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Long Island is home to some of the most beautiful parks and beaches in the world. It is our responsibility to ensure their existence for future generations. 

When in Congress, Jim will fight to obtain federal grants for infrastructure projects to replace conventional septic systems; he will fight to revisit the environmental impact caused by off-shore wind farms to whales and other sea-life; and will use his position as a bully pulpit to get children off their screens and into nature. 

10th Amendment

Jim believes in the Tenth Amendment, which expresses that the federal government has only those powers delegated to it by the Constitution, and that all other powers not forbidden to the states by the Constitution are reserved to each state, or to the people. Jim believes in the principle of federalism which ensures that states retain authority over matters such as education, public health, and intrastate commerce. 

When serving in Congress, Jim will fight to protect states’ rights.