The best way to do this is to compare, contrast and add my areas of interest, relevance and experience for working class people that she lacks. I would like you to first look at her bio and her positions and note if she changes any of them to mimic mine like some politicians do. Hopefully she will not do that. Some of my positions have been in the works as an activist for a decade or longer. I originally looked at challenging Senator Gillibrand on the corporate Democracy, lobby money from dark places and flip flop on issues by her and was a constant commentary on the web about those things. You can see some of the flip flop and inconsistencies from the interview with Jake Tapper and Senator Gillibrand if you Google that. To note, in the last election where Tracy lost 10 of 11 Counties, Senator Gillibrand was a supporter of hers. I find this distasteful since just one example of Senator Gillibrand’s’ lobby money was from a company that locked its workers out for years. I would never seek the endorsement from such a Senator no matter how much I felt they could influence the electorate. Not my style. That goes a long way in showing that Tracy is willing to seek help from such a dark money politician like Senator Gillibrand. Here now is the comparison and contrast on many but not all issues between myself and Tracy Mitrano.
This will read like a book, but if you really give a rat’s patoot about who you want to elect to represent you, you’ll read it.
Please note, everything that you read below in bold is what I wrote, all non bolded text is taken directly from Tracy Mitrano’s website.
Tracy Mitrano is a cybersecurity expert, teacher, and mother. She was born and raised in Western New York and has lived in the Southern Tier and the Finger Lakes throughout her adult life.
Tracy’s main background is as a Cybersecurity expert and lawyer. She however has been in academia almost her whole professional career. My background as an oral surgeon has been to actually practice as an oral surgeon since 1997, 6 of those years on active duty Army. I actually delivered healthcare when you count being out of dental school in 1990 for 28 years. I am a subject matter expert on the opioid issue and have a novel approach in the healthcare section below. I have practiced in many areas of the country both North and South and in many health care systems. I am a father of 4 kids, now grown and one is special needs who was born 1 lb 4.2 ounces, has a seizure disorder, mild cerebral palsy and is autistic. She is in day hab but needs constant supervision. My wife, who is my nurse at my practice is the amazing primary caregiver, but we both work to make her life healthy and happy. During 3 months of part of my oral and maxillofacial surgery residency, my daily routine was hospital work as a resident, going to the hospital where my daughter incubated as a preemie under a cake cover (true) and endless hours there then to go home exhausted and start all over the next day.
As one silver lining in these experiences, we experienced what is was like to go through airports with her and how difficult it is to navigate with an autistic child. Therefore, I am starting a practice/mock airport experience for special needs children and adults in the Tompkins County Airport with the help of Director Mike Hall this Spring and plan on this being an annual event. It would be the only one in far Upstate New York, Albany having had this done as well as JFK. Stay tuned.
Tracy is running to bring economic opportunity to the 23rd District, which has been left behind for too long. Her election will also bring cybersecurity expertise to Congress, where Tracy will work to ensure the integrity of our elections and the security of our digital borders.
Growing up in Rochester and helping her father in his downtown restaurant, Tracy learned firsthand the importance of community and hard work. From a young age, Tracy learned how crucial it is to have access to good healthcare. Her older brother is developmentally disabled and blind, and when her mother became critically ill, her family nearly went bankrupt paying medical bills.
In contrast, I worked blue collar jobs that included busboy, $1.90 per hour at McDonald’s, salad deliverer, medical sterilization in a facility with Cobalt 60 radiation at 700,000 rads at one-foot distance shielded by a 37 ton door on railroad car tracks, and 28 years of healthcare delivery. I am also a part time medical writer, entrepreneur with a sports equipment/patent pending machine I helped design with engineering students at RPI. I paid for my own college and racked up expensive student loan debt that I am at the end of paying off at 58 years old. See my student loan initiative that way precedes Tracy’s venture into politics by many years.
The first member of her family to go to college, Tracy believes that our current generation of young people should be able to attend college or vocational schools without incurring lifelong debt. Her education made her deeply appreciative of the excellent schools that New York State has to offer – Tracy graduated with a B.A. from the University of Rochester. She went on to receive her M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from Binghamton University, as well as her J.D. from Cornell Law School. Tracy’s education prepared her for a career as an educator, lawyer, and cybersecurity expert.
I have a B.S. in Biology, my DDS and 4 years of residency in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, and have been an activist in student loan reform, marching with students in NYC and advocating for a 3% cap on all student loans for 8 years, based on the overhead cost of Medicare as a model for plan expenses. Her latest 0% interest platform is pandering, will never pass and position that won’t actually help anyone. I think community college should be a voucher system and that is more affordable budget wise than college for all which will also never pass anytime soon. My college loans for undergrad and residency for the first year which was unpaid far exceed what most students endure with a bachelors alone. Schools are sitting on millions of dollars of endowments and need to help fund medical and dental school as Columbia U. has started with medical school.
Tracy’s expertise is widely recognized in higher education, government, and the private sector. As the Director of Information Technology Policy at Cornell University from 2001 to 2014, she facilitated some of higher education’s first-generation information security policies. She has acted as an expert for Internet2, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Delaware, Tufts University, SafeGov, the New York Public Library, and many others. Her work has given her significant federal policymaking experience, preparing her to serve as a Congresswoman in a district that desperately needs someone who can immediately get to work in Washington to develop legislative responses to the challenges facing NY-23.
Tracy is the proud mother of two adult sons raised in the district. When not traveling around the 11 counties that make up New York’s 23rd district, she resides in Penn Yan.
I have 4 children; my oldest is bi-racial and has made a career in Esthetics of skin care despite enduring the growing up difficulties as a woman of color. My son is finishing his college education, my youngest daughter is finishing up her college in a SUNY school studying Broadcast Journalism. I encourage her to be truthful and have ethics that supersede the current environment of bias and hatred that some journalists promote all to freely. My wife grew up in rural Kansas, and unlike Senator Warren IS part native American and proud of that. She is an amazing wife, mother and Registered nurse with a Bachelor’s in Nursing from Wichita State University. She has worked in the surgical and emergency room setting for many years as well. We have both been providers of severe trauma at Level 1 facilities. I have been in life and death experiences both personally and for patients over the years.