Senate candidate Chele Farley is making the fundraising rounds on the Upper East Side
Last night, Jean and Martin Shafiroff hosted Senate Candidate, Chele Farley at their Park Avenue home for a high-dollar fundraiser in her bid to unseat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Around 30–40 supporters contributed and listened to Farley talk about her tax plan and her ideas to fix New York’s decrepit infrastructure system at the limited-press event.
It was Farley’s second fundraiser of the week, earlier in the week she was hosted by Susan Gutfreund, a lifelong liberal at her impressive Fifth Avenue apartment.
“She’s smart and I believe that she will fight for New York,” one Upper East Sider said at the Shafiroffs’ event.
One of the main issues Farley has discussed is New York’s status as a donor state. A donor state is one that pays more in federal taxes than it receives in federal aid.
New York sends at least $40 billion more to Washington than it receives in federal funding, according to Farley. “That’s appalling,” Farley said. “because our infrastructure is crumbling.” “Bridges are falling apart, our tunnels, our roads. The pipes are crumbling. We need to bring NY’s money back to NY,” she said.
“I am looking at real proposals that will make a difference to New Yorkers. And one big one is deducting your rent,” she told us exclusively on Thursday evening. “Why is it that only homeowners are allowed to deduct their mortgage and their property taxes? — It’s not fair — it’s not equitable.”
The median gross rent in New York from 2012 to 2016 was $1,294 according to the U.S. Census BureauOpens a New Window. Her proposal is justifiable, she said, because of the notoriously high costs.
“It would make a huge difference,” she said. “There are a million renters in New York City.” We can definitely agree with Farley on this issue considering how many New Yorkers we personally know who have to live with several roommates to survive in this city. With support from the Shafiroffs’ and Susan Gutfreund it is safe to say that Farley is positioning herself as a credible and well-connected candidate.