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Melissa L. Miller | General Election Voters Guide

Melissa L. Miller is running for New York State Assemblyman - 20th District

Melissa L. Miller

Miller has worked with state legislators to pass New York’s medical marijuana law and is seeking to advocate further expansion and coverage under the state’s Conservative Care Act. She said the program should be more accessible and affordable to patients, which is not currently covered by insurance or Medicaid. She has been an advocate of medical marijuana to treat her son, who faces a debilitating illness. Miller said, if elected, she wants to expand disability programs and access for the disabled and transitioning special needs children into adulthood. She said she would also fight to lower taxes for residents and homeowners.

Miller, 52, is running on the Republican, Conservative, Tax Revolt and Reform lines seeking the 20th Assembly seat vacated by Sen. Todd Kaminsky in April. This is her first time running for public office. Miller went to Adelphi University with training in nursing, but left school to take care of her daughter Melanie, who required special needs and later died from a rare disease. She is a stay-at-home mom and is a volunteer with Northwell Health, formerly North Shore-LIJ. She has volunteered in pediatric needs for 20 years with Northwell and Compassionate Care New York. She has trained hundreds of pediatric residents and worked with the statewide network of patients and providers to find treatments and relief for chronically ill patients. She received the state Senate Women of Distinction Award in 2015 for legislative negotiations. She is married with two children.