For Immediate Release
Contact: Erin Silk, 518.581.8299
LATHAM, September 7, 2012 - The New York State Nurses Association today announced its endorsement of Patricia Fahy in the race for the 109th Assembly district seat.
Fahy, a longtime advocate for the Albany community, impressed the Nurses Association with her understanding of health issues, from the Affordable Care Act to the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act, legislation that would ensure there is an adequate number of nurses in every healthcare facility.
“Like NYSNA, Patricia Fahy believes that health care is a right, not a privilege,” said Nancy Kaleda, the 37,000-member union's Deputy Director. “She has committed to supporting the state’s vital Health Exchange program that grows out of the Affordable Care Act, and to continuing the fight for affordable, cost-effective health care for all New Yorkers.”
“We look forward to her advocacy for safe staffing levels for patients in every hospital across the state,” Kaleda said, “and for nurses who play a key role in delivering quality care.”
Fahy is running in a crowded September 13 Democratic primary field.
“I am proud to receive the endorsement of the Nurses Association,” said Patricia Fahy. “The association has done an excellent job in working to ensure that nurses can provide New Yorkers with quality health care. “I look forward to working with NYSNA as we take on New York’s health care challenges.”
The New York State Nurses Association is the voice for nursing in the Empire State. With more than 37,000 members, it is New York’s largest professional association and union for registered nurses. The association represents registered nurses, and some all-professional bargaining units, in New York and New Jersey. It supports nurses and nursing practice through education, research, legislative advocacy, and collective bargaining.
- 30 -