In many regards, Karen Smythe ’82 was the quintessential Vassar student. She fondly recounts her time serving as the soccer team’s five-foot-three goalie, singing with the Night Owls and practicing squash—the whole time maintaining a delicate balancing act of running back and forth between the soccer field, Skinner Hall and the squash courts in Kenyon at all hours of the day.
Challenger Karen Smythe, a Red Hook Democrat, says incumbent Sue Serino, R-Hyde Park, was wrong to vote against New York’s Reproductive Health Act (S240), which was approved by the state Legislature and signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year. Serino’s campaign defended the senator’s vote.
Karen Smythe (SD-41) said, “I look forward to working with my future partners in the Hudson Valley coalition. In their first terms, Sen. Skoufis, Sen. Metzger, and Sen. Harckham have made great strides protecting local taxpayers and fighting for our region’s fair share in Albany. But as our communities rebuild from the pandemic, there’s much more to be done. Working together, the six of us can leverage our collective voice to ensure that the needs of Hudson Valley residents, from infrastructure and clean drinking water to school funding and good paying jobs, are never overlooked.”
For the most part, New York State basked in the so-called “blue wave” of the 2018 election, as Democrats flipped eight state senate seats and took control of the chamber for the first time in a decade, three GOP congressional incumbents were toppled and Governor Andrew Cuomo coasted to victory in his bid for a third term.
NYS Senate candidate Karen Smythe, the Democratic challenger to incumbent Sue Serino echoed Maloney’s comments. “This is about more than just elections. It’s about people being forced to wait for medications, checks, and other mail that should not be delayed.” Smythe has participated in several protests at post offices in recent weeks.
Democratic State Senate candidate Karen Smythe is calling on incumbent Senator Sue Serino to face off in a virtual public forum before the Boards of Elections begin mailing out absentee ballots in late September.
New York State Senator Sue Serino – R – and candidate Karen Smythe – D – talk with the Poughkeepsie Journal about issues from the state and nation.