LETTER: Democratic push should include state Senate, Sunny Aslam, MD, Albany Times-Union

Many Democrats are running for Congress this year, battling each other in expensive primaries. Meanwhile, Republicans like Reps. Faso and Stefanik are piling up cash at fundraisers. Faso and Stefanik have no less than seven Democrats in each of their districts vying to face them in November.

Sure it's easy to want to focus on Congress, but why no emphasis on the thousands of local seats lost by Democrats over the past 10 years? Democrats may be missing a chance to build their bench and invest in the future by winning back some of these seats.

The New York state Senate holds promise for Democrats, with a chance to take the majority and pass progressive reforms. Universal healthcare in the form of the New York Health Act (NYHA) has passed the Assembly for years and is nearing majority support in the Senate.

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