A Talk with Tom Quiter
Q&A with Tom Quiter, Candidate for NYS Senate
Having known someone for most of your life does not a politician make…So when I was made aware that he was going to run for State Senate, the first thought that came to mind was “Why?” I can understand someone wanting to make a difference, many people seek to make a difference in some manner during their lifetime, but this seemed like something else entirely. So, when he asked me to create and pose some questions in the vein of that same thought, I was content to do so. I decided to ask questions that would not be pertinent only to myself, but that could be posed to anyone by anybody in such a situation.
The simple question of “why?” becomes a myriad collection of other, more complicated questions meant to inform…
Q) What is the biggest issue that the state government has gotten into currently and what do you propose to rectify this situation?
Taxation and the various reasons behind the various taxes. New York State’s multitude of taxes are allegedly intended to be used in helping the people; meanwhile the State currently wastes up to 80% of the funds marked for any given program and still is unable to provide the aid intended. As a member of the Board for the Catskill Center for Independence I am aware that there currently is no Advocate for Persons with Disabilities in Albany. This was an office which was responsible for advising and assisting the Governor to aid in the development of policies intended to help meet the needs of people with disabilities, and who also served as the State’s coordinator in implementing the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and more recently the American with Disabilities Act and Olmstead. I would also like to see the NYAIL’s proposed budget priorities to be met, they send a letter to the governor every year, and it does not get the attention it deserves.
Q) What do you see as the biggest failing of New York states current government?
Other than Andrew Cuomo? Albany fails to listen to the people of New York state. Unfunded mandates such as healthcare which has led to creating more gaps in the system for the elderly and those with disabilities to fall into. This causes them to be unable to receive needed services. Unenforceable policy in sweeping legislation and executive orders have led to a lawsuit from approximately 5,000 disabled individuals who not only sought to, but also qualified to, leave their facilities and were not allowed to do so. Also, the recent bail reform was purposely implemented incorrectly, and I want to know why. The continued suppression of our right to assembly by the ever-increasing ballot access requirements, and many other issues, are also major failures on the part of the state government.
Q) Do you think there will be difficulty working with other members of the Senate that are not from the Libertarian?
Absolutely, and I plan to come out swinging! I will not vote in favor of anything that does not coincide with what the people want. Albany does not listen to the voices of the people, which is what their positions were created and filled to do. Elected officials are to be Public Servants.
Q) Why should people vote for you?
I want to pursue policy and deflect policy based on how they impact the people of New York’s ability in the pursuit of happiness and potential to thrive. I want all the people of New York to be happier.
Q) What do you bring to the table that other candidates do not?
I have lived below the national poverty level for my entire life and understand the numerous different struggles of many throughout our state. I have absolutely no self-interest in seeking office; this isn’t about what I want, I only care for the well-being of our communities. My community has been the backbone of my survival, my government has not.
Q) What event/s have led you to have the desire to run for office?
My entire life has been rife with circumstantial oppression from uncaring, uninformed legislation perpetrated by New York state. I have witnessed my family, friends, and communities face similar circumstances. Our government does not exist to harm us, it should only exist to free us.
Q) What is the most significant change you seek to make for the people of New York state?
Putting an end to the ever-increasing tax rates, lowering those that we can, and leaving more money in the pockets of the people. They know better than those in Albany what it is they truly need.
Q) What do you see as the greatest barrier to creating long-term change for New Yorkers?
Lack of term limits, uninformed voting, and the government needs to show more transparency; they need to let the people know what they are doing and why, much more than what they currently do.
Q) What do you consider to be a major asset in implementing change?
Ballot access, a healthcare system that works and furthers the freedom of its markets, and taxation reform.
Q) What would you wish to have as your legacy?
I would like to be known as someone who did not steal money from the communities, while improving our government structure and meeting the peoples’ needs at a lower cost.
Thomas Daniel Quiter is never a quitter and rarely quieter.
Written and interviewed by Luman Charles Craver