ITHACA – The man who is running against Tom Reed (R-Corning) in the NY 23rd Congressional District Race on the Democratic ticket is announcing higher education as a central campaign issue for him, noting it as an essential part of creating jobs and building the economy. In a prepared statement, Ithaca’s Nate Shinagawa says Americans must support quality public education that gets children ready for college, and Congress must make affordable access to higher education a priority to ensure the United States keeps its competitive edge.
Shinagawa also went on the attack against his opponent, Tom Reed, saying the Republican’s voting record reveals that he doesn’t share working families concerns about college affordability. Shinagawa points to Reed having voted twice for the Ryan budget – which cuts Federal Pell Grants and other services that makes higher education affordable to thousands of New Yorkers.
Shinagawa was in Olean on Wednesday, meeting with the St. Bonaventure University Democrats. Shinagawa has also met with administrators and toured the grounds at SUNY Fredonia and plans to continue this conversation at other colleges and universities, including an open forum at Corning Community College in the near future.