Syracuse-area business woman Jessica Crawford officially announced her candidacy for New York State Senate in the 49th District. Crawford is an executive with SRC (formerly Syracuse Research Corporation) and the founding chair of the young professionals group 40 Below.
"For too long the politicians in Albany have treated New Yorkers like we work for them instead of the other way around. High taxes, fees and irresponsible spending with decisions made behind closed doors by 'three men in a room' have not served New Yorkers well," Crawford said.
"Young people continue to migrate out of Upstate New York. Families like my own are struggling. Profits for farmers are shrinking. Manufacturers are choosing to expand out of state or leave altogether. It does not have to be this way."
Crawford said that her decision to run for State Senate was solidified over the Thanksgiving holiday because, "This is one of the few times a year that I see friends and family that have left New York State for greener pastures. Albany's irresponsible behavior does not take place in a vacuum. It has consequences for real people."
Crawford said that she believes that the Finger Lakes, Central New York and the Mohawk Valley are wonderful places to live, filled with hard-working people, but that it's time to stand up and say "enough is enough."
"For Upstate New York to retain its most valuable asset -- its people -- we need jobs and an economy where individuals, families and small businesses can reach their full potential," said Crawford. "I want to help create an Upstate New York that people want to move to rather than leave."
Crawford has launched a Web site
jessicacrawford.org, as well as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter pages. This week, she will also take her message directly to the people of the 49th Senate district, which comprises all of Madison County and parts of Oneida, Onondaga and Cayuga counties (see schedule below).