NY22 House Candidate Q&A

The New York 22nd District House Democratic Primary is on Tuesday, August 23, 2022. We strongly recommend signing up for an emailed ballot so you can print and return as quickly as possible to meet the strict deadlines. To find out more about voting in the August 23th Democratic primary, go to VoteFromAbroad.org

About the New York 22nd Congressional District

The new New York 22nd district boundaries were approved on May 23rd which covers Madison, Oneida and Onondaga counties, and a small part of Oswego County. Click here to see a detailed map to see if you're a New York 22nd district voter. There is no incumbent running for this seat in 2022, this means that the person elected will be new to Congress. This area of the country is a toss up - that means it could go to the Democratic or Republican candidate in the general election in November. This is why it's so important for you to not only vote in the general election, but also in the primary. To read more about this race click here.


Sarah Hood

Once elected, will you:

Join the Congressional Americans Abroad Caucus?

Yes

Co-sign these bills that will help Americans abroad?

Yes

Medicare portability: Would you support a pilot program allowing Americans currently receiving all or the majority of their Medicare benefits in the US to have the option of receiving these benefits overseas?

Yes

Residency-based taxation (RBT): A majority of Americans abroad are working and middle class but are subject to excessively complex filing requirements and tax treatment more punitive than if we lived in the US. We suffer from unfair and outdated stereotypes that we are moving abroad to evade paying US taxes, when research confirms that most Americans move abroad to marry a non-US spouse or for work. Would you support adjustments to the tax code that align tax residency with physical residency, provided that they are resilient against abuse and are beneficial to the Internal Revenue Service? Such a change is commonly known and used in the rest of the world as “residency-based taxation.”

Yes

Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR): The reporting threshold of $10,000 has not been adjusted for inflation since its introduction in the 1970s. Would you support creating a higher reporting threshold for Americans living abroad and indexing the reporting threshold for inflation?

Yes

Global Intangible Low-taxed Income (GILTI) & Repatriation: Will you support an exemption for small American business owners from the erroneous filing and double taxation from the GILTI tax and retrospective relief from the repatriation tax?

Yes

Overall: Will you keep Americans abroad in mind when passing all legislation to ensure no further unintended consequences negatively impact Americans living outside the United States?

Yes


Sam Roberts

Once elected, will you:

Join the Congressional Americans Abroad Caucus?

Yes

Co-sign these bills that will help Americans abroad?

Yes, I will Co-sign Rep. Maloney's Bill

Yes

Yes. I will support Rep. Maloney, Nadler and Jones from New York

Yes

Medicare portability: Would you support a pilot program allowing Americans currently receiving all or the majority of their Medicare benefits in the US to have the option of receiving these benefits overseas?

Yes. We must utilize any possibility we can to expand our healthcare system.Having the opportunity to additionally bolster international cooperation is an added benefit. it does not make sense to have those in need travel thousands of miles to receive the healthcare they are entitled to.

Residency-based taxation (RBT): A majority of Americans abroad are working and middle class but are subject to excessively complex filing requirements and tax treatment more punitive than if we lived in the US. We suffer from unfair and outdated stereotypes that we are moving abroad to evade paying US taxes, when research confirms that most Americans move abroad to marry a non-US spouse or for work. Would you support adjustments to the tax code that align tax residency with physical residency, provided that they are resilient against abuse and are beneficial to the Internal Revenue Service? Such a change is commonly known and used in the rest of the world as “residency-based taxation.”

Yes

Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR): The reporting threshold of $10,000 has not been adjusted for inflation since its introduction in the 1970s. Would you support creating a higher reporting threshold for Americans living abroad and indexing the reporting threshold for inflation?

Yes

Global Intangible Low-taxed Income (GILTI) & Repatriation: Will you support an exemption for small American business owners from the erroneous filing and double taxation from the GILTI tax and retrospective relief from the repatriation tax?

Yes as long as we quantify what small business means. Large corporations do not need another handout and tax benefit, but our hard working small business owners certainly do. We must streamline the processes and make sure the tax code works for the everyday American, not large corperations. Yes, I will support this proposal.

Overall: Will you keep Americans abroad in mind when passing all legislation to ensure no further unintended consequences negatively impact Americans living outside the United States?

From taxes to healthcare to foreign policy to trade to voting rights, we must remember that we are not just Americans, but a globalized community of Americans living all across the world. it is imperative that we hear and listen to our constituents living abroad and factor in those key voices when drafting and passing legislation.


*Democrats Abroad has not endorsed any candidate(s) and is committed to remaining neutral for the duration of the primary. ALL candidates for this race were invited to answer the list of questions. Candidate answers are published in the order received.