The Hezitorial Endorsement
Robert Kesten for NYS Senate District 40
Cast Your Vote for Robert Kesten This Primary Election Day – Thursday, September 13th
WESTCHESTER COUNTY — September 9, 2018 — Standing before the electorate espousing ideas untried, and concepts unproven may hold gravitas for some. Many have heard inspirational thoughts that feigned knowledge of subjects those who aspired to elective office knew little. And so in years past votes were cast for a candidate’s physical stature, smart attire, and phrases that tugged at our heart strings so that we even shed a cascade of tears of pride. The elixir to the challenges faced were donned in hope. One term would beget a second, a third, even a fourth. Alas the buzz words failed because despite Madison Avenue jive, managing the varied and disparate intricacies of governance escaped most people’s capacity. I do not suggest the most brilliant minds were deficient or that the most simple did not rise beyond The People’s hope for better days. Even so, experience fell short of the various tasks at hand. Juxtaposed to the failed reality and protagonists of the past, Robert Kesten is a breath of fresh air.
Kesten earned his credentials of higher learning at Syracuse University; a worthy beginning. It became evident that he was informed of life’s personal challenges in raising a family that was further embellished by involvement with people contending with issues and concerns that a chosen few encounter. He has an unquenchable thirst to learn. He climbs into the trenches in order to sate his ability to lend a helping hand through learned experiences and thereafter adjusting the nuanced needs elsewhere. There are times when the cerebral prowess possessed by many find few who can translate that which is known into vision and purpose.
His biography is replete with decade long undertakings. Kesten has been a consultant for PDHRE, the organization behind the United Nations Decade on Human Rights Education. Previously, he ran the Center for Screen Time Awareness in Washington, DC, where he advocated for a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Task Force on the impact of screened media on children’s health.
He has been actively engaged in government at the local, national, and international levels. A Democratic District Leader in the Town of Lewisboro, he has worked with U.S. Senators Tom Daschle, Harry Reid, and Paul Simon, as well as for NYS Senate Minority Leader Manfred Ohrenstein, where he was also active in the NYS Democratic Senate Campaign Committee.
His international efforts included advising the U.S. government during the break-up of the Soviet Union. He was also engaged in encouraging democratic institutions during the Arab Spring in both Egypt and Tunisia, and last year worked to assist Mountain View, California (home to Google) on becoming a Human Rights City.
His resume of accomplishment is the growing reservoir of knowledge he has amassed and thereby comprehends America’s frustrations, anxiety, angst and anger. Kesten knew the need to evolve voter participation was a must so that governance could effectively respond by planning to meet the concerns of The People. Such is the antidote to meeting ever changing needs and demands today.
Kesten has the innate capacity to bridge divisions of political dogma among a cadre of other politicians in the New York State Senate who may be ignorant of how to correct deficiencies in funding, purpose, and vision toward outcome.
A vote cast for Robert Kesten is a vote for a man who has zero experience in corruption, zero experience in clientelism, and zero corruption of self-serving political dogma. Kesten’s protective armor is fortified by the study of disparate disciplines, empathy toward people in varying circumstances, a penchant for best practices to serve the residents of Senate District 40, compassion in his efforts, and an approachability that facilitates his ability to build bridges of support among colleagues upon being elected to the august chambers of the New York State Senate.