An Open Letter to the Community:
As scientists in the First
Congressional District involved in Science, Technology, Engineering, and
Math (STEM) teaching and/or research, we believe it is of vital
importance that you vote for Perry Gershon as your next US Member of
Congress on June 26 in the Democratic primary.
Whether working at one end of the
district in an incubator or major research institution, mid-western
Suffolk has been our home for many years, just as the South Fork in
eastern Suffolk has been Perry's home for over twenty years.
Congressional District 1 covers both - we share the same aquifer and the
same need for clean water. What happens here locally, in our country,
and in the world, matters deeply to all of us.
We need Perry in Congress because
he believes that facts trump opinions. Perry grew up in an academic
family. His parents are both medical researchers at Columbia University.
While a student at Yale, Perry was involved in original research as
co-investigator on multiple published papers with faculty. He
understands at his core that investigation and evidence must win out
Perry believes in the
overwhelming evidence of climate change and its profound effects at
every scale, from Long Island to the entire Earth. Unlike Trump and
Zeldin, Perry would stay in the Paris Climate Accord and work to help
America meet the Accord's goals. Perry holds that expanding markets for
innovative clean technologies generates jobs and economic growth.
Research at SBU, BNL, and Suffolk incubators can be at the forefront of
turning CD 1's economy into one that supports good-paying middle-class
jobs that offer our young people the opportunity to stay on Long
Perry knows that Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, based on scientific study, are made
to help and protect every one of us. Yet under Trump, Pruitt and
Zeldin, expert scientists are no longer even allowed to provide advice
to the EPA, because recipients of EPA grants, who are the most
knowledgeable experts, are forbidden from serving on EPA's scientific
advisory committees - the bodies that make sure regulations to protect
public health and environmental values are based on sound science.
Perry knows that Department of
the Interior decisions should benefit the country, not benefit any
corporation that wants to exploit our natural resources for its bottom
line. We do not need or want offshore oil drilling destroying our
pristine coastline and threatening our tourist industry. While Zeldin
feigns opposition, his support of Trump has allowed Zinke to move
forward to expedite drilling permits.
Perry stands for the Democratic
values that we all share: seeking truth and diversity of opinion.
Unlike Trump and Zeldin, Perry actually listens. He actively seeks input
and advice. His main goal is to solve problems in ways that benefit the
greatest number of people.
On June 26, the Democratic Primary
will choose the candidate who will oppose Lee Zeldin in November. We
firmly believe Perry Gershon has the intellect, the skills, the
fortitude, and the resources to beat Zeldin - a powerful combination
that is not matched by any of the other primary candidates.
We ask you to support Perry Gershon,
to take back Congress by removing the man who has become Trump's
mouthpiece and enabler - Lee Zeldin. On June 26, please stand with us
in returning truth to our government's decision making.
Dr. Stephen Baines
Dr. Douglas Futuyma
Dr. Nancy Goroff
Dr. Barry McCoy
Dr. Lorna Role
Dr. Gene Sprouse
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