For Immediate Release: 270 Faith Leaders Release Letter in Support of Universal Healthcare in New York State

On heels of successful Assembly vote, growing demand for Senate to follow suit

(Albany, NY) With the ACA and Medicaid in peril, hundreds of clergy and faith leaders are calling for the passage of the New York Health Act (A4738/S4840)—a bill that would implement a universal single-payer health care system covering all residents.

Representatives of the Labor Religion Coalition held a press conference and rally at the Capitol to release a letter signed by 270 faith leaders from across New York State.

"The time to act is now," said Rev. Emily McNeill, Acting Director of the Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State. "If the Affordable Care Act is repealed, New York’s uninsured population will explode from 1.5 million to over 4 million, which studies show would translate to more than 4,000 preventable deaths."

Just last week, the Assembly passed the New York Health Act 94-46. The group urged the Senate to recognize the moral imperative of this issue and follow suit to guarantee every resident of New York access to quality, affordable health care.

"These are not just abstract policy ideas for me," said Rev. Bobby Outterson-Murphy, pastor of The United Ministry of Delhi. "For me, this is about people. The members of my congregation who are currently on Medicaid or on marketplace insurance plans. The person in my congregation who fears for his future because he depends on regular, routine, prohibitively expensive treatments in order to stay alive. The countless members of my community who have to hold fundraisers as a prerequisite for receiving medical treatment when their child has cancer or their father has a heart attack. But we are here today because we don't accept that is the way things need to be. Not in our state."

Rev. Tamara Razzano, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Little Falls and a former hospital chaplain, said, “It’s not ok that people come in to the hospital and say, ‘I can’t be sick because we can’t afford it,’ or ‘I would rather die than leave my family strapped with tens of thousands or sometimes hundreds of thousands in debt.’ As a faith leader, I teach, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Not love your neighbor if they can pay their co-pay or if they have the right plan."

"I've had patients in the emergency room who when we tell them, 'I think you're having a heart attack and we need to do surgery' say, 'I can't afford that - I'll go bankrupt!'" said Dr. Mary O'Brien, board member of Physicians for a National Health Program - Metro Chapter. "That's a terrible thing to have to say in the richest country in the world."

"There have been times that we've had children come into the emergency room with respiratory failure, not because they have a serious medical condition, but because they didn't have enough money to have an inhaler," said Carol Ann Lemon of the New York State Nurses Association. "It's heartbreaking, and as medical professionals we see this repeatedly. It needs to stop. We are in the United States of America and we are not taking care of our kids."

Rev. Sandy Damhof, Protestant Campus Minister at the University at Albany, shared that one of her graduating students asked for prayers this weekend because she had lost her student insurance. "It had never dawned on me that the day they take their final exam, they lose their insurance. She didn't even have insurance the day of her graduation to get home. That's the reality of some of our young adults. And as much as they like to think they are invincible, they're not. They have issues with their physical health, with their mental health. We need this bill, and we need it now," Rev. Damhof said.

Uncertainty about the future of Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act added urgency to the calls for passage of the NY Health Act. 

Angela Warner, director of the food pantry at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Albany said, "Through the ACA and Medicaid our food pantry guests can access preventative services at no cost or little cost. And because they are able to access those services, they are able to use their limited resources in other ways - to pay their rent, their utility bill, to have transportation to their jobs. In addition, they're able to have support to manage their chronic diseases. The loss of these life-affirming services would continue to expand the cracks of the safety net, thereby denying help to those who need the most and often get the least."

“I think we’re all very troubled by what’s going on in Washington, not knowing what our healthcare is going to be. Could it be that many of us with pre-existing conditions will be thrown out onto the street without any healthcare at all?" said Rev. Sam Trumbore, Minister of First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany. "The NY Health Act would erase whatever craziness comes out of Washington and allow us to have certainty about our health and not worry about how we’re going to be treated in the future. Unitarian Universalism puts first the inherent dignity and worth of every person. Every person with a pre-existing condition matters the same. Every life is precious. We want healthcare for all.”

The letter released by the clergy is below.

To: The New York State Senate

As clergy and faith leaders from across New York State, we enthusiastically support the New York Health Act and call on you to pass this legislation this year.

Each of our faiths holds in common a belief in the dignity of every human being. We also share the conviction that our society has a moral obligation to care for the most vulnerable among us and to ensure fairness in our economic and political institutions. As it says in the Hebrew Scriptures, "Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your neighbors, to the needy, and to the poor in your land.’" (Deuteronomy 15:11)

Unfortunately our current health care system does not reflect these shared values. Approximately one million New Yorkers lack health insurance, and many more have limited coverage or high deductibles that prevent them from going to the doctor. Too often, getting lifesaving care means significant financial hardship - particularly for low and middle-income families.

These inequities in our health care system are unnecessary and immoral. Providing comprehensive health care to every New York resident is not only possible, it would cost less. Most importantly, it would prevent needless suffering and death. 

How we care for the sick is one of the most basic tests of our society's character. New York can and must do better. We call on you to join the fight to pass the New York Health Act this year.

Signed,

Rev. Andrea Abbott, Pastor, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Central Square, Baldwinsville

Rev. Amos Acree,Pastor, Western NY Area Churches in Covenant, Depew

Rev. Lesley Adams, Parish Priest Christ Episcopal Church, Willard

Sister Joan Agro, Sisters of St.Dominic, Orangeburg

Rev. Moira Ahearne, Pastor, Community Church, Lake Success

Rev. Joyce Allen, Ogden Hillcrest UMC, Endicott

Onleilove Alston, Executive Director, Faith in New York, New York

Rev. Adrian Amaya, St. Mark the Evangelist Episcopal Church, Geddes

Dee Anderson, Elder, PCUSA, Dundee

Charlaine Apsel, Executive Director, Practical Resources for Churches, Mount Sinai

 Rev. Earl Arnold, Pastor, Cayuga/SyracusePresbytery, Mountain View

 Rev. Jennifer Aull, Greenpoint Reformed Church, Great Neck Plaza

 Rabbi Guy Austrian, Fort Tryon Jewish Center, New York

 Rev. Linda Barnes, Blooming Grove United Church of Christ, Colchester

 Rev. Sara Baron, First United Methodist Church of Schenectady, Schenectady

 Father Luis Barrios, Holyrood Church/ Iglesia Santa Cruz, New York 

 Rabbi David Bauer, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, New York

 Sister Rosemary Bellantoni, Sisters of St. Joseph, Kings Park

 Deanne Bellinger, United Church of Christ, East Greenbush

 Rev. J. Brad Benson, Episcopal Church, St. Thomas, Bath

 Rev. Dr. Alan Bentz-Letts, Retired, Flushing

 Rabbi Leah Berkowitz, Vassar Temple, Poughkeepsie

 Rev. Ashley Birt, Director of Christian Education, Rutgers Presbyterian Church, New York

 Rev. Dr. Leonard Bjorkman, Presbyterian Church (USA), Stites

 Rev. Lynn Carman Bodden, Interim Pastor, First Reformed Church of Scotia, Schenectady

Ethan Bodnaruk, Co-moderator, North American Interfaith Youth Network, Religions for Peace, Syracuse

 Rev. Dionne Boissière, Chaplain of the Church Center for the United Nations, United Methodist Women, New York

Rev. Christopher Boyd, United Church of Christ

 Rev. Karen Brammer, Unitarian Universalist, Yorktown

 Rev. Dr. Theodore Brelsford, Jr., The Orchard Park Community Church, East Aurora

 Rev. Richard Breuninger, Pastor, Retired, Upper NY Conf. UMC, Oneonta

 Emily Brewer, Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, Brooklyn

 Lindsey Briggs, Candidate for Holy Orders, Church of the Heavenly Rest, New York

 Rev. Lynn Brown, United Presbyterian Church of Amsterdam, NY, Amsterdam

 Rev. Micah Bucey, Judson Memorial Church, Brooklyn

 Rev. Donald Byers, Retired, Jamesville, NY

 Sister Teresa Byrne, Ursuline Sisters, Malone

 Sister Eleanor Carr, Sacred Heart, Albany

 Rev. Dana Carroll, United Methodist Church, Schenectady

 Rev. Mark Chaffin, Baptist Health System, Schenectady

 Rev. Joseph Cleveland, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs, Saratoga Springs

Rev. John Collins, Memorial United Methodist, Schenectady

 Rev. Paige Convis, Associate Minister, Kinderhook Reformed Church, Schodack

 Rev. Peter Cook, New York State Council of Churches, Albany

 Rev. Aaron Cristaldi, Universal Life Church, Cottekill

 Rev. William Critzman, The First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York, New York

 Rev. Jennifer Crumpton, Femmevangelical, New York

 Rev. Terry Culbertson, Church of God (Anderson, Ind), Syracuse

 Rev. Marilyn Cunningham, Clergy Caucus Convener, RocActs, Rochester

 Rabbi Matt Cutler, Congregation Gates of Heaven Schenectady

 Rev. Sandy Damhof, Journey United Church of Christ, Albany

 George Dardess, Roman Catholic Deacon, Diocese of Rochester, Rochester

 Carole Daugherty, Groton Community Church, Groton

 Rev. Fred Davie, Executive Vice President, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, Long Island City

 Rev. Arthur Davis, United Church of Christ, Buffalo

 Pamela Dayton, Seminarian, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Alexander

 Rev. Lindsey De Kruif, Reformed Church in America (RCA), Mechanicville

 Rev. Robert Dean, Federated Church of Maine, NY, Maine

 Rev. Kimberly Debus, First Universalist Church of Southold, Malta

 Rev. Harold Delhagen, Northeast Synod of the Presbyterian Church (USA)

 Rev. Kyle Delhagen, Western Presbyterian Church, Geneva

 Shayna DeLow, Cantor, Congregation Rodeph Sholom, New York 

 Rev. Jennifer DeWeerth, United Church of Christ, Kirkland

 Rev. Robert Dievendorf, Pastor, UCC, Congregational, Arcade

 Terry Diggory, Elder, Presbyterian--New England Congregational Church, Saratoga Springs

 Rev. Kathy Donley, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Albany

 Rev. Gary Doupe, United Methodist Pastor (retired), Upper NY Annual Conference, Bainbridge

 Rabbi Paul Drazen, TAY - Syracuse

 Rev. Paul Dreher-Wiberg, Pastor, St. Michael's Lutheran Church, Camillus 

 Rev. Calvyn du Toit, DRC, New York

 Barbara Dworkin, Board Member, Interfaith Alliance of NYS, Schenectady

 Rev. James Eaton, Pastor, First Congregational Church of Albany

Rev. John Ekman, Presbyterian retired, Greenfield Center

 Rev. Khader El-Yateem, Salam Arabic Lutheran Church, New York

 Rev. Dr. Clyde Embling, CASTILE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, Warsaw

 Rev. Robert Emerick, Pastor, Bay Ridge United Methodist Church, Brooklyn

Rabbi Rachek Esserman, The Reporter Group, Endwell

 Rev. Norman Evans, Binghamton

 Rabbi Michael Feinberg, Executive Director, Greater New York Labor- Religion Coalition, New York

 Rabbi Brian Fink, JCC Manhattan, New York

 Mary-Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Director of Community life, Church of Gethsemane, Brooklyn

 Rev. Paul Fleck, Chair , New York Annual Conference Board of Church & Society of The United Methodist Church, New York

 Rev. Dr. Robert Foltz-Morrison, Presbytery of New York City, New York

 Rev. Kate Forer, Senior Pastor, Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church, Saratoga Springs

 Rev. Jan Fritzinger, Pastor, Reformed Church of Beacon, Poughkeepsie

 Rev. Dan Fullerton, Hudson River Presbytery, Ossining

 Sister Joyce Gadoua, Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Cohoes

 Rev. David Gaewski, Conference Minister, New York Conference United Church of Christ, DeWitt

 Rabbi Jeffrey Gale, Hebrew Tabernacle, Hempstead

 Rev. Ron Garner, Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church, Wantagh

 Rev. Dr. Richard Gilbert, Interfaith Impact of New York State, Rochester

 Sister Doreen Glynn, Albany Province Justice Coordintor, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Latham

 Rev. Elizabeth Gobeli, Duncanville

 Rev. John Goodell, United Methodist Church, Vestal 

 Rabbi Deb Gordon, Congregation Berith Sholom, Troy

 Deborah Gould, Board Vice President, North Church UCC, New Windsor

 Rabbi Irving Greenberg, retired New York

 Marc Greenberg, Executive Director, Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing, New York

 Rev. Philip Grigsby, UCC, Schenectady

 Rabbi Marc Gruber, Central Synagogue-Beth Emeth, Rockville Centre

 Rev. Dr. Robert Gunn, Pastor, Community Church of Syosset, Huntington

 Greg Halzen, Immigrant Justice Organizer, Faith in New York, Brooklyn

 Rev. Richard Hamlin, The Episcopal Church, Friendship

 Rev. Jennifer, Hamlin-Navias, First Unitarian Universalist Society of Syracuse

 Rev. Janet Hansen, Pastor, Christ Community Church, Cortland

 Rev. Michael Hartney, The Episcopal Church, Dix 

 Rev. Derek Healey, Interfaith Alliance of NYS, Albany

 Rev. Sarah Henkel, White Plains Presbyterian Church, White Plains

 Rev. Jennifer Heron, St. Albans Congregational Church, New York

 Rev. Elice Higginbotham, Retired Pastor, United Church of Christ, New York

 Rev. John Hottenstein, United Church of Christ, Syracuse

 Rev. Renee House, Minister, Old Dutch Church, Kingston

 Rev. Steven Howarth, Presbyterian Church (USA), East Hampton

 Rev. Timothy Hoyer, Pastor, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Jamestown

 Bishop Howard Hubbard, Bishop Emeritus, Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, Albany

 Rabbi David Ingber, Romemu, New York

 Rev. David Inglis, Senior Pastor, Henrietta United Church of Christ, Henrietta

 Rev. Karen Jackson, Project Hospitality, Syracuse

 Rabbi Jennifer Jaech, Temple Israel of Northern Westchester, Peekskill

 Rabbi Marisa James, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, New York

 Rev. Louise Johnson-Toth, Episcopal Church, Rochester

 Rev. Kate Jones Calone, Setauket Presbyterian Church, Setauket

 Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster, Director of Programs, T'Ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, Teaneck

 Rev. Ann Kansfield Greenpoint Reformed Church, Brooklyn 

 Rev. Philip Kasey, Episcopal Priest, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Geneva

 John Keevert, Co-Chair Social Justice Council, First Unitarian Church Rochester, Rochester

 Rev. Arleon Kelley, CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing), Troy

 Rev. Darlene Kelley, The Clinton Avenue United Methodist Church, Kerhonkson

 Rev. Jim Ketcham, Executive Director, FOCUS Churches of Albany, Albany

 Rev. Rebecca Kindig, Associate Pastor, United Presbyterian Church of Binghamton, Binghamton

 Rev. Posey Krakowsky, Priest, St. Luke in the Fields, New York

 Richard Krapf, Deacon, Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, Canandaigua

 Rev. Brian Lang, St. Charles - St. Ann's, Geddes

 Rev. Kirk Laubenstein, Executive Director, Coalition for Economic Justice Buffalo, Buffalo

 Rev. Dr. Miriam Lawrence Leupold, Presbyterian Church (USA), Delmar

 Edith Leet, Trustee, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Albany

 Rev. Joy Leet, Pastor, Middlesex United Methodist Church, Stanley

 Jeremiah Lennox, Archpriest, Nemeton of the Ways, Troy

 Rev. Glenn Leupold, Co-Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Albany

 Rev. John R Long, Presbyterian Minister, Presbytery of WNY, Buffalo

 Rev. Melodie Long, United Presbyterian Church, Sackets Harbor

 Rev. DeeAnne Lowman, Lark Street TOGETHER UMC, Schenectady

 Rev. Drew Ludwig, Pastor, Lafayette Ave. Presbyterian Church, Buffalo

 Rev. Mark J Lukens, Bethany Congregational UCC, East Rockaway

 Rev. Canon Carolyn, Lumbard, Episcopal Church, Rochester

 Rabbi Sara Luria, ImmerseNYC, Brooklyn

 Abbe Lyons, Cantor, Gilat Rina, Ithaca

 Rev. Leigh Mackintosh, St. Michael's Episcopal Church, New York

 Louise Manigault, Executive Administrator Metro Association United Church of Christ, New York 

 Rabbi Marc Margolius, West End Synagogue, New York

 Kim Marscher, Music director, Zion Lutheran Church, Clinton

 Rev. Rachel Mastin, Presbyterian Church (USA), Richmond

 Rev. Bruce McKay, UCC Retired Pastor, Buffalo

 Carol McLoughlin, Chairperson Social Justice Committee, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Queens, Whitestone

 Rev. Emily McNeill, Acting Director, Labor-Religion Coalition of NYS, Voorheesville

 Rev. John McNeill, Senior Pastor, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Ithaca

 Rev. Dr. Derrick McQueen, Pastor, St. James Presbyterian Church, New York

 Rabbi Lev Meirowitz Nelson, T'Ruah, New York

 Rev. Andrea Mericle, First Congregational United Church of Christ, Lisbon

 Rev. Chantilly Mers, Seminar Designer, United Methodist Women, New York

 Rev. Danielle Miller, ELCA, Oceanside

 Rev. Lynn, Minister for care, Middle Collegiate church, New York

 Rev. Jenny Monroe, Congregational Life, Park Church, Elmira

 Rev. Mark Montfort, First Presbyterian Church, Oneonta (PCUSA), Oneonta

 Sister Marybeth Moore, Sisters of Charity, Wantagh

 Rev. James Morasco, United Church of Christ, Batavia

 Kevin Nelson, Home Missioner, United Methodist Church, Schenectady

 Rev. Richard Nettle, Pastor, Congregational Church of Savannah, Farmington

 Rev. Patti Newell, Spiritual Pathways Church, Chittenango

 Rev. Gusti Newquist, First United Presbyterian Church, Troy

 Rev. Alan Newton, American Baptists Genesee Region, Mountain View

 Rev. Frank Nichols, United Church of Christ, Spencerport

 Sister Carolyn Nortz, Sister of st. Joseph of Carondelet ( Albany provence), Syracuse

 Rev. Paul Nulton, Minister of Word and Sacrament, Reformed Church in America, Warwick

 Rev. Holly Nye, Clergy, UMC, Burnt Hills

 Rev. Amy Nyland, Executive Minister, Reformed Church in America, Synod of New York, Tarrytown

 Rabbi Dan Ornstein, Congregation Ohav Shalom, Albany

 Rev. Emily Otto, United Church of Christ, Voorheesville

 Rev. Bobby Outterson-Murphy, Pastor, The United Ministry of Delhi, Delhi

 Rev. John Paarlberg, Senior Minister, First Church in Albany, Albany

 Rev. FreemanPalmer, Associate Conference Minister for Congregational Development, NY Conference United Church of Christ, New York

 Pamela Pater-Ennis, Executive Director, Hudson River Care & counseling, llc, Bergenfield

 Rev. Joseph Perdue, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Cooperstown

 Rev. Narcisse, Philips, Bethany United Methodist Church, Cortlandt Manor

 Rev. Robert Pierce, Sayville United Church of Christ, Sayville Bay Shore

 Rev. Steven Plank, Stated Clerk, Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse, Syracuse

 Rev. Elizabeth Quick, Pastor, Gouverneour First United Methodist Church, Gouverneour

 Rev. Patricia Raube, Union Presbyterian Church, Endicott

 Rev. Patricia Raup, United Church of Christ, Albany

 Rev. Konrad Raup, United Church of Christ, Albany

 Rev. Tamara Razzano, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Little Falls

 Rev. Paul Rees-Rohrbacher, Pastor, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Albany

 Rabbi Daniel Reiser, Reform Judaism, White Plains

 Rev. James Reisner, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Albany

 Rev. Elsie Rhodes, Pastor, First Presbyterian of Cooperstown, Cooperstown

 Bishop R. Richburg, Christ Catholic Church, Jamaica

 Rev. Dr. Bruce C. Rivera, Executive Minister, Christ Church UCC, Bronx

 Rev. Dr. Raymond Rivera, Latino Pastoral Action Center, Bronx

 Sister Marlene Ann Roeger, Catholic Church Sister of St. Joseph, Bellmead

 Rev Yolanda Roger Mapes, Mighty Companions Ministries, Brooklyn

 Rev. Richard Rose, Pastor, First Baptist Church Painted Post

 Rev. Steve Ruelke, Pastor and President, Ecclesia Ministries of Newburgh, Newburgh

 Bethany Russell-Lowe, Candidate for Unitarian Universalist Ministry, First UU Society of Syracuse 

 Rev. Horace Sanders, Mt. Olivet Missionary Baptist Church, Schenectady

 Rev. Gary Sawtelle, Episcopal Priest, Scottsville

 Rev. Diana Scheide, Episcopal Church

 Rev. Criag Schwalenberg, Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta, Oneonta

Rabbi Shlomo Segal, Kehilat Moshe, New York 

 Kathryn Seib Vargas, Retired Lay Missioner, Maryknoll Lay Missioners, Ossining

 Rev. Connie Seifert, Corning First United Methodist Church, Painted Post

 Rev. Jerry Shave, Plymouth UCC Syracuse, Liverpool

 Rev. Jikyo Shoultz, Zen Center of Syracuse, Syracuse

 Rev. Merle Showers, University United Methodist Church, Buffalo

 Margaret Sikora, Director, Justice Peace & Integrity of Creation, Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement, Garrison

 Rev. Dr. Dianna Smith, Reformed Church of Rosendale, New Paltz

 Rev. Steven Smith, Pastor, Newtonville United Methodist, Newtonville

 Rev. Dr. Virginia Smith, Presbyterian Church (USA), Camillus

 Rev. Bruce Southworth, Senior Minister, The Community Church of NY Unitarian Universalist, New York

 Rev. Mary Speers, Setauket Presbyterian Church, Setauket

 Rev. William Spilly, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Hamlin

 Rabbi Dr. Oren Steinitz, Congregation Kol Ami, Elmira

 Rev. Rob Stephens, Associate Minister, Middle Collegiate Church, New York

 Rev. Jacob Stewart, Hospital Chaplain, Brooklyn

 Rev. Andrea Stoeckel, Retired clergy, Fulton

 Warren Stoker, Chair -- Stewardship, First United Methodist Church of Delmar, Delmar

 Rev. Sara Stoker, One Spirit Learning Alliance, New York

 Rev. Martha Stone, Associate Pastor, Henrietta United Church of Christ, Rochester

 Maria Studer, Elder, First Presbyterian Church of Levittown - PCUSA, Levittown

 Sister Mary Jane Sullivan, Society of the Sacred Heart, Albany

 Rev. Martha Swords-Horrell, Christ Church United Methodist, Troy

 Father Tim Taugher, Catholic Pastor, St.Francis of Assisi, Port Dickinson

 Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, Co-Director, Kairos Center for Rights, Religions and Social Justice, Union Theological Seminary, New York

 Rev. Jane Thickstun, Interim Minister, First Unitarian Society of Ithaca, Keene

 Rev. Ann Tiemeyer, Pastor, Advent Lutheran Church, New York

 Rev. Jennifer Tiernan, United Church of Christ, Catskill

 Rabbi Rachel Timoner, Senior Rabbi, Congregation Beth Elohim, New York

 Rev. Joanna Tipple, Reformed Church in America (RCA), Ghent

 Rev. Barbara Toll, Pastor, Community Congregational Church, Altamont

 Rev. Phil Tom, Eastchester Presbyterian Church, Mt. Vernon

 Rev. Shawn Torres, First Nazareth Baptist Church, New York

 Rev. Rebecca Town, Reformed Church of Prattsville, Prattsville

 Rev. Sam Trumbore, First UU Society of Albany

 Rev. James Turturro, United Church of Christ, Ilion

 Rev. Virginia Tyler Smith, Rector, St. John's Episcopal Church, Honeoye Falls

 Nicholas Valvo, Deacon, Rochester Diocese, Auburn

 Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo, Albany Presbytery, Troy

 Rev. John VandenOever, Piermont Reformed Church, Piermont

 Rev. Jonathan Vanderbeck, Reformed Church in America (RCA), Schenectady

 Rev. Noel Vanek, Pastor, Community Church of the Pelhams United Church of Christ, New York

 Rev. Winnie Varghese, Priest for Justice and Reconciliation, Trinity Wall Street, New York

 Christin Veech, Presbyterian Elder, Long Island Council of Churches/Public Issues Committee, Commack

 Melva Victorino, United Church of Christ NY Conference, Garden City

 Rev. Martha E Vink, United Methodist Church, Binghamton

 Rev Richard Vosko, Priest, St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Albany

 Sacred Walker, M.Div., CEO, Kuumba Health, New York

 Rabbi Brian Walt, Tikkun v'Or: Ithaca Reform Temple, Lansing

 Angela Warner, Director Social Justice Minitries, Church of St Vincent De Paul, Albany

 Rev. Kris Watson, Associate Pastor, Safe Haven UCC, New York

 Diana Weaving, Social Justice Co-chair, UUFH, Huntington

 Rev. William Webb, Episcopal Church, Buffalo

 Rev. Sharon Weber, United Church of Christ, Fort Ann

 Rev. Laurel Westover, Upper New York Annual Conference, Albany

 Rev. Jason White, Reformed Church in America, Gloversville

 Sister Nancy Whitley, Sisters of Mercy, Rochester

 Rev. Andrew Wilkes, Greater Allen AME Cathedral, Queens

 Rev. Michael K. Willis, Senior Pastor, Vestal United Methodist Church, Vestal 

Rev. Jane Winters, Presbytery of Geneva, Elmira

 Rev. Marjorie Wotrobskie Pastoral Associate for Youth and Children's Ministries, Park Avenue Christian Church

 Rev. Dustin Wright, Messiah Lutheran Church, Schenectady

 Barbara Zaron, Reform Jewish Voice of NYS, Bethlehem