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Latest updates from the campaign:

Follow this link for recorded footage from the District 3 Candidates Forum (held in Town Hall on 8/31/17, hosted by Kay Sharpe of the League of Women Voters) 
Monday, September 11, 2017 8:03 AM

Being a Working Representative

My opponents have asserted that because they do not work full time, they are more qualified to be your representative. While I may have less disposable time then they say they do, I believe I am far more effective in how I use all of my time.

How many people living in Tompkins County have children, have more than one job, and still make the time to do their jobs well, meet their financial obligations, and love their kids and partners?

How many of us don’t have the choice not to work a second job?

We manage our time and we make it work, because there are people who depend on us.

Thursday, September 7, 2017 12:00 AM

Carol Chock endorses David Shapiro for County Legislature District 3

David has a proven track record to best represent the interests of City residents within the larger County decision making context. I'll cast my vote for Shapiro September 12.

Friday, September 1, 2017 12:00 AM

Tompkins County Legislature candidates focus on change

“I’m not sure it’s a magic wand, but the thing that I’ll be focused on is looking at the fiscals and looking at how to create more equity in our town,” he said. “Equity refers to housing and making sure people have affordable housing. It refers to living wages and making sure everyone is earning an honest wage in town. And, one of the bigger issues that I’ve talked about, it refers to childcare and making sure that everyone has equal opportunity to high-quality, affordable childcare.”

Friday, September 1, 2017 12:00 AM

Five questions with District 3 candidates for Tompkins County Legislature

David Shapiro also responded to a comment Granison made that service just might not be able to happen. "I think it's a responsibility of the Legislature to make sure all our community members have access to housing, jobs, etc, and so much of that relies on transportation." He also said the community has made a commitment to the environment. To rely less on cars, the community needs to have a robust public transportation system.

Friday, September 1, 2017 12:00 AM

Third District candidates still proving themselves as primary looms

"David Shapiro showed himself to have, probably, the most policy-making experience via his time on the Tompkins County's Mental Health Services Board and advising Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick on his drug plan...Arguably the night's strongest moment came from Shapiro during a discussion of public transportation, and the struggles Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) has had serving the fringe areas of the county. While Granison seemed to posit that the money might not be there to remedy the problems fully, Shapiro shot back that if Tompkins County wants to actually commit to a green future, ensuring access to public transportation is essential."

Thursday, August 31, 2017 12:00 AM

District 3 Candidates Forum

Recorded video of the District 3 Candidates Forum, held in Town Hall on 8/31/17.   Moderated by Key Sharpe of the League of Women's Voters.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 12:00 AM

David Shapiro invites you to his backyard

Listen to David Shapiro on WHCU with Lee Rayburn and the Morning Newswatch and why a campaign party.

Thursday, August 17, 2017 12:00 AM

Affordable child care and pay equity should be key issues

Child care in our community is under-resourced. In fact, much of the money allocated through our legislature is only in response to New York State mandates. I believe in allocating additional discretionary money into the child care system. If elected, I will pursue an agenda that values women and children and invests resources into the care of children.

Monday, August 7, 2017 12:00 AM

Taking a multi-faceted approach in ensuring affordable housing accessible to most vulnerable

Currently, the health and human services committee of the county legislature is sitting on one piece of legislation that could help more than 2,000 people in Tompkins County have greater access to affordable housing.

Saturday, August 5, 2017 12:00 AM

Tompkins County Progressives Interview

David discusses his campaign with the Tompkins County Progressives.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 12:00 AM

What Joe Mareane's retirement means for this year's legislative races

This year’s election for Tompkins County Legislators now has a lot more at stake. With the announcement of County Administrator Joe Mareane’s approaching retirement, voters have one more issue to keep in mind before choosing who to elect.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 12:00 AM

David Shapiro Interview with Truthsayers on WRFI

Just follow the link to hear what I had to say to Truthsayers about why I am running for Tompkins County Legislature.

Monday, July 3, 2017 12:00 AM

Meet David Shapiro - Tompkins Weekly

Tompkins Weekly began a series of "meet the candidate" articles to help show the differences in the District 3 candidates.  You can find the July 3rd story and the most recent example of why district 3 should Elect David Shapiro by following this link.

Thursday, June 8, 2017 12:00 AM

A nonprofit leader declares for Tompkins County Legislature

David Shapiro, the President and CEO of Family and Children’s Services (F&CS) and a Belle Sherman resident, announced last month his intention to be that new face, running as a Democrat and armed with a compassion-centric campaign message.

Sunday, June 4, 2017 12:54 PM

Being a Democrat Matters!

As I prepare to petition local democrats to get on the ballot, one thing I have learned is how many of my friends are registered as Independents.

I get it – I was with you not too long ago. In fact, by the end of the primary and presidential election I was so disgusted with the Democratic party I didn’t think I would ever change my mind. A few days later, I changed my mind.

Being a registered Independent always felt like the right choice for me when my political views were shaped by the dysfunction of Washington and Congress. Now that my politics are narrowly focused on my local community, I realize how important being a Democrat is. In fact, many of the legislative seats up for grabs this year will be decided in the primary.

None of this can change for my election. If you are a registered as an Independent, NYS law won’t honor your party change until AFTER the next election. Still, if you are one of my friends or fellow community members holding onto their “independence”, I do hope you’ll read this and reconsider.

Local politics are where we can all make a difference and there are a lot of people who are trying to get involved with Tompkins County Democrats to push forward more progressive policies and ideas.

I hope you will join us!

Monday, May 8, 2017 12:00 AM

David Shapiro announces run for county legislature

David Shapiro is the president and CEO of Family and Children’s Services of Ithaca and a seven-year resident of Ithaca’s Belle Sherman neighborhood. He says he’s running to represent District 3 of the legislature, where current lawmaker Carol Chock had said she won’t be running for re-election.

Shapiro says given his work background, he wants to bring more attention to childcare, working families, and education, and his position has prepared him well.

Monday, May 1, 2017 12:00 AM

Tompkins Weekly: Shapiro Announces Candidacy for Tompkins Couty Legislature

David Shapiro, a husband, a father of three boys, leader of a local nonprofit, and a grandson of a Holocaust survivor, announced today that he is running for Tompkins County Legislature in the 3rd District.

David has listed among his priorities increased access to affordable and high quality child care, Universal Pre-K, a living wage and pay equity, crime diversion and prevention strategies and a single payer health care option in New York State. More than anything, David will work for a government that treats its residents with compassion and supports healthy development of children and economic security for all adults.

“I know all too well the financial stressors that come with raising children and finding affordable care. I have also come to understand that for many people living and working in Tompkins County – with or without a family – the financial pressure to afford basic needs is overwhelming and it is further compounded by stagnant wages. I want to be part of a solution that helps everyone in Tompkins County to have financial security."

Monday, May 1, 2017 12:00 AM

Nonprofit leader David Shapiro is running for Tompkins County Legislature

Belle Sherman resident and nonprofit leader David Shapiro has entered the race for Tompkins County Legislature, running for District 3.

Shapiro announced his campaign Monday. He said his priorities will be to increase access to affordable and high-quality child care, universal Pre-K, a living wage and pay equity, crime diversion and prevention strategies, and a single-payer health care option in New York.

“I know all too well the financial stressors that come with raising children and finding affordable care. I have also come to understand that for many people living and working in Tompkins County – with or without a family – the financial pressure to afford basic needs is overwhelming and it is further compounded by stagnant wages. I want to be part of a solution that helps everyone in Tompkins County to have financial security," Shapiro said in a news release.

Sunday, April 23, 2017 10:30 PM

How Child Care Enriches Mothers, and Especially the Sons They Raise

APRIL 20, 2017

As many American parents know, hiring care for young children during the workday is punishingly expensive, costing the typical family about a third of its income. Helping parents pay for that care would be expensive for society, too. Yet recent studies show that of any policy aimed to help struggling families, aid for high-quality care has the biggest economic payoff for parents and their children — and even their grandchildren. It has the biggest positive effect on women’s employment and pay. It’s especially helpful for low-income families, because it can propel generations of children toward increased earnings, better jobs, improved health, more education and decreased criminal activity as adults.

Affordable care for children under 5, long a goal of Democrats, is now being championed by Ivanka Trump. The Department of Health and Human Services says child care should cost 7 percent of a family’s income at most — but 42 percent of families who buy care for young children spend considerably more than that, according to census data analyzed by Beth Mattingly at the University of New Hampshire. A report by New America and put the average cost of child care in the United States at $16,514 a year.

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