A Message from Pete Holmberg:

For New York State Senate - District 28

Brutal Honesty For Manhattan

Show me any failure in life: love, finances, business, or government, and it can be boiled down to one thing: Lack of Brutal Honesty.

Throughout my 52 years of life and 26 years in our great city, I've been lucky enough receive a great deal of brutal honesty:

“Your business plan isn't going to work.”
“You're partying too much and everybody knows it.”
“He's just not that into you.”

All these things have been said to me and I'm better for it.

I grew up in the Midwest and was drawn to New York City for the opportunity, the culture and the excitement. But what drew me here most was the brutal honesty of New Yorkers.

Our city attracts the best, the brightest, and the hardest working people in the world.

But our city is in trouble.

Reckless policies from Albany that look nice and sound good are undermining our working poor, crushing our middle class, and driving away vital talent.  Over taxation, irresponsible spending and ill-conceived policies are shutting the doors of opportunity to New Yorkers like you and me.

I've worked in this town from dog walker to hotel manager, from corporate communications counselor to licensed real estate salesperson.  I know the opportunities created by sharing this island with major corporations and the incredibly wealthy.

And while money doesn’t buy happiness, lack of it can literally be deadly…

Six Yellow Cab drivers committed suicide in the last year: their livelihood decimated by Uber, Lyft and other unlimited competition.

Talk to any cabbie in town. They'll tell you of the new Cab-Riding Tax on every ride below 96th Street in Manhattan.

Starting on January 1st, 2019, riders will be charged an extra $2.50 for every cab ride and $2.75 for Uber and Lyft, below 96th Street in Manhattan.

This new tax was included in the 2019 New York State Budget approved by every State Senator in Manhattan.  It was essentially a rich person’s tax, but it affects hundreds of thousands of regular, working New Yorkers.

It's the type of policy that comes from a lack of critical thinking, a greed to fill state coffers, and a lack of brutal honesty.

It's the kind of policy that a smart, aggressive, openly-gay Republican State Senator from Manhattan needs to fight in a very public way.

I'm a middle class professional living in a rent stabilized, Manhattan apartment.  I've been blessed in business through hard work and treating people fairly.

I'm a homosexual and a Christian.  I'm a former party boy, living a rich life as a sober, middle-aged man.

I'm also a former Democrat who voted for Secretary Clinton, then sought refuge in the Republican Party: the party offering what I see as the most vital tool of our time: Brutal Honesty.

Now, I'm throwing my hat into the political ring.

I’m running for New York State Senate in the 28th Distinct, serving parts of the East Side and Midtown of Manhattan.

I know how to love people, I know how to listen to their needs, I know how to do my research, and I know how to work hard.

I'm asking for your vote on November 6th.

And, right now, I'm asking for your contribution and support.

I'm not a billionaire, though I have walked their dogs and written their press releases.  Manhattan is a real city with real people.  We all have a stake in keeping opportunities alive for every single New Yorker.

Thank you for your time and your support.

Love, Pete

Vote Pete Holmberg on November 6th

New York State Senate - District 28

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