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Age: 62
Occupation: Member, NYS Assembly
Education: Yale University (BA); Brooklyn Law School (JD); Baruch College (MBA)
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James Brennan has served as an assembly member in Brooklyn since 1984. He began his career as a legislator as a reformer, focusing on issues of social justice, income inequality and consumer protection. He is running for re-election because he would like to continue to advance these goals in the state legislature. His priority issues include ensuring that New York City receives sufficient education funding, monitoring transportation funding such as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) capital budget, and implementing progressive taxes. On reform issues, he focuses on campaign finance reform and reforming the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (Port Authority) as chair of the Corporations, Commissions, and Authorities Committee. Even though Brennan conditionally supports several reform items on his questionnaire, he gave thoughtful responses regarding his positions. With campaign finance reform, he believes that certain campaign contributions limits should be lowered, but not those related to candidates who already have limited resources. His work with Citizens Union to pass legislation related to accountability and improving Port Authority governance is a testament to his commitment to and leadership on reform. For this reason and those listed above, Citizens Union endorses James Brennan for re-election.


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