Our generation has reached a crossroads:  we can either choose to build our nation together as one, or allow old divisions of the past to dictate our future. From one generation to the next, it has always been our responsibility to consistently mold and change ourselves into a more perfect union: socially, technologically, and economically. Today should be no different. Our country's great potential is now going to be left up to our generation. Putting aside partisan arguments, we are all looking for the same ends: a safe place to live and great educational and economic opportunities regardless of the neighborhood you’re from. A government that handles the people’s business, protecting our rights and freedoms regardless of what we look like, not a government that handles its own business, while telling us how to live our own personal lives. Every time an election occurs we entrust our leaders to advocate the interests of the people, then we blindly reward them with our vote, along party lines. This time it will be different. This year from coast to coast we have energetic, progressive, and fiscally responsible Young Americans running for public office. Some will win, others may lose, but our mark will forever be felt and acknowledged.

My name is Lutchi Gayot. I was born and raised in Brooklyn New York, the son of hard-working Haitian immigrant parents my father, a public school teacher, and my mother, a beautician. I now live in lower Manhattan, and I am a small business owner, running a brick and mortar business in the heart and soul of our district, Greenwich Village for the better part of 10 years. Over this time period, I’ve watched as storefront after storefront went out of business because taxes and fees have gotten out of hand. These shuddered businesses should be a case study as to why we should not always depend on a legislature that’s mostly made up of career politicians, who have never experienced the daily grind of running a small business. With already overwhelming rents. Over-taxing has become the nail in the coffin for many small businesses in our city, leaving neighborhoods riddled with empty storefronts. This is why We need reactive representatives in Albany, who know what’s happening on the ground and remain engaged with constituents. Not entrenched politicians who do not even notice or care when 12% of all small business storefronts, go empty in our


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