Jeff Collins at a Glance
- Jeff Collins is a 10th generation New Yorker, raised in upstate New York. He understands the heritage and values of New York and the issues we upstate residents face.
- Jeff attained a degree in Computer Science from Cornell University. He understands the value of education and wants everyone to have the same opportunities that he had for a quality education.
- Jeff has been an entrepreneur who has created successful high tech companies. He understands how to innovate and how to create jobs and economic opportunities for others.
- Jeff reinvested in New York and in education by financing and helping create the Hudson Valley Sudbury School – a non-profit, K-12 school. He has given his time and energy to empowering young people through education.
- Jeff is a partner in Pondview Produce in Trumansburg, NY, a licensed NY Hemp Research Partner. He is also an investor in New York Hemp Oil, a hemp processor in Cortland, NY. He has invested in research projects and producers in NY that have the potential to add a new income stream for New York farmers.
Jeff Collins on the Issues
On Health Care, we need to start putting People over Profits.
- We can no longer allow pharmaceutical companies to price gouge Americans. Insulin costs 10 times more money in the US than in Canada.
- Health care companies make $200 Billion per year. These profits come directly from those who are sick and injured. Health care should be a Human Right, not a profit generating business.
- The Opioid Epidemic was fueled by pharmaceutical companies who bribed doctors. We need to hold those responsible for the harm they inflicted on our families and our communities.
We need to Focus on the Economy of the Future, not the Economy of the Past
- We need to stop investing in new fossil fuel infrastructure. Jeff supports the Freedom from Fossil Fuels Act introduced by Senator Jen Metzger.
- We need to focus on growing local economies and rebuilding our local communities. This includes encouraging the growth of farmer’s markets and community supported agriculture.
- We need to invest in upstate NY infrastructure and ensure broadband access to our rural communities.
We need to place the value of Democracy above the value of Dollars
- We can no longer have a system where our democratic institutions are controlled by those with the most money.
- We must include everyone in our democracy and ensure that their voice and vote matters.
- We must restore the civility of discussion and the ability to work together to find solutions.