Candidate Profile: Dr. Sunny Aslam for District 12
Throughout the summer, we’ve talked with many candidates running to help flip the Onondaga County Legislature to democratic control. Today for our 8th profile, we had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Sunny Aslam, who is running for District 12.
District 12 encompasses Tully, Lafayette, Pompey, Fabius, parts of DeWitt (Jamesville), as well as the Syracuse University South Campus and Outer Comstock Neighborhood, both of which lie within the City of Syracuse. As an addiction and pain psychiatrist, Dr. Sunny has pushed for greater health care access for working class families. While the Covid-19 pandemic raged on, Dr. Sunny witnessed a county legislature that failed to provide adequate monetary support for basic health care and social services for people in need. District 12 needs a change in representation to create a better future for Onondaga County, and Dr. Sunny wants to do just that! Read our conversation below:
Why are you running? What have been your main sources of inspiration or motivation to run for County Legislator?
I'm running to bring a dynamic, energetic leader and an independent voice to the county legislature. I'm working on the front lines, helping to vaccinate those in both urban and rural communities, especially in places that are poverty-stricken. I want to ensure residents of our county that their needs will be heard in the legislature.
When the pandemic hit, I learned about budget cuts to public health and social services; I was furious. I was further stunned when the legislature refused to spend any of the millions of surplus funds to help suffering families. The legislature has failed to respond to the needs of our community. I want to make sure all people feel they have a voice at the table whether in the city or the most rural areas of Onondaga County.
Sunny Aslam (pictured right) conversing with local residents
As a leader, what are you most excited to advocate for for members of your district?
Beyond restoring budget cuts to the department of health and social services, I believe county broadband should be a priority. The pandemic proved we all need access to broadband for work, education, health and to stay connected.
What is your favorite local summertime activity?
I enjoy the outdoors, particularly hiking, swimming and paddleboarding with my daughters and partner. We're often found on weekends at Clark Reservation, Jamesville Reservoir, Pratt's Falls or Highland Forest.
Dr. Sunny Aslam is ready to advocate for the people in District 12 and Onondaga County! Learn how to get involved in his campaign to make positive change a reality:
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Read more about Dr. Sunny here:
Dr. Sunny is an addiction and pain psychiatrist residing in Jamesville, NY. He has been a vocal leader for fighting poverty and has advocated for increased health care access for poor and working class families. He works with addicted and chronically mentally ill patients in the community, clinic, and telemedicine. In 2018, Dr. Sunny was named the Top Physician in CNY and was honored by the Onondaga County Medical Society with it's top award for Physician Service to the community in 2019. Aslam followed that up by winning Upstate University Medical School's Leonard Tow Humanism award in 2020 for clinical excellence and outstanding compassion.
On the campaign trail, Dr. Sunny has proposed using millions of dollars in surplus funds to create jobs in the community. Additionally, he has supported smart growth alternatives and reinvestment in the county workforce. Dr. Sunny hopes to shift the focus away from constant budget cuts towards developing the local economy, and improving access to healthcare and social services.
Outside of work, Sunny Aslam is active in the community. He currently sits on the executive board of the Onondaga County Medical Society. He also actively works with the Syracuse chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby and attends Plymouth Congregational Church and First Unitarian Universalist Society of Syracuse. Between all of this, Dr. Sunny always finds time to spend with his two daughters.