Twenty years ago I made the life-changing decision to get married and to attend law school. After graduating and two years of litigating difficult cases, I was faced with another decision: whether to accept a position as Senior Deputy County Attorney in charge of general litigation or to leave for the more lucrative world of private practice. I chose to stay and represent the taxpayers and employees of our county.
Recently, after 34.5 years of service I retired from the county and joined a prominent law firm as senior counsel for litigation. I found myself facing a similar choice. Should I remain in private practice, or seek the 128th Assembly seat and take my advocacy on behalf of the citizens of the district to a higher level? With the support of my friends and family I have chosen to represent the interests of the people of the Assembly District where I live.
I believe in government that is responsive to the needs of its residents. I believe that government exists to assist people with the orderly process of life, providing essential services such as public safety, transportation infrastructure, and social services for those in need. I do not think that government exists to direct people's lives. We need to rethink the role of government and our expectations of it. There are many issues facing the next session of the Assembly from the 128th district. For example: municipal consolidation; sales tax distribution (which must be approved every two years by State legislature); the growth of Onondaga Community College; Hydro-Fracking; the purchase of real estate by tax exempt entities; designing tax and regulatory strategies that promote the creation of business growth and success; seeking sensible solutions to educate our children; and, the support of those in our community that are at risk.
I will make only three promises as I go forward with this campaign: 1) I will strive to conduct an effective and economically sound campaign and I will campaign to win. 2) If successful in the November election I will investigate, evaluate and report back to you on the matters before the legislature, seek your input, and choose the best way forward. 3) I will also promise constituent service second to none.
I would also like you to know that I am not in this race to start a career. I already have one of those. The only thing that the state capital has that I want is the challenge of advocating for the right decisions to be made on behalf of my district, my county, and my state.
This campaign offers you a clear choice; a vote for me is a vote for a visible and connected member of the community. I will always put the interests of the 128th Assembly District first.
Thank you for visiting my website and please return on a regular basis for updates. Please do not hesitate to call or e-mail me to discuss my qualifications for this position or my views on topics of interest to you regarding community services and/or issues that may be relevant to the State legislature.