Street Address: Poughkeepsie, New York
Race: Senate District 41 State legislator
Political and civic experience: • New York State Assembly: 1980-1990 • New York State Senator, 41st District: 1991-present • Chairman of the Senate Committee on Codes: 2011-present • Prior Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, Chairman of the Senate Children and Families Committee, Chairman of the Majority Steering Committee, and Deputy Majority Leader for State/Federal Relations • Vice Chairman of the Senate Majority Conference • National Conference of State Legislatures, President: 2001-2002
Family: Wife - Linda; four sons; five grandchildren
Residency: Poughkeepsie, New YorkIncumbent?: Yes
Education: B.A. - State University at Buffalo; J.D. - Rutgers Law School
Occupation: New York State Senator - 41st District
Why are you running for office or seeking re-election?
What in your personal, civic or professional experience recommends your election or return to office?
I run proudly as a candidate with an experienced and accomplished record as a town official, Assemblyman, and Senator. I have successfully passed over 400 pieces of legislation and I am looking forward to continuing my work of promoting job growth, lowering taxes, and easing mandates for residents of this district. I have proudly passed landmark legislation on domestic violence and child protection, while also securing important job development monies for colleges in our region. I continue to strive for a full repeal of the MTA payroll tax and associated fees, and I have been a constant advocate for the so-called “quarter-pounders” who bear the full burden of the MTA’s cost, but have unequal representation on its board. I have appreciated the opportunity to give a voice to taxpayers, vulnerable populations, and families in our district, and I look forward to continuing this work in the future.
What would be your top three priorities if you are elected or re-elected?
a. Jobs: I will continue to work to offer incentives to stimulate private sector job growth through lower energy costs and tax credits, as well as aid to regional economic development centers so they may better assist local businesses and reduce onerous regulatory burdens.
b. Lowering Taxes/Mandate Relief: Full repeal of MTA payroll tax; continue to reduce property taxes and reinstate STAR Rebates, ease unfunded mandates.
c. Streamlining Government: Much more can be done to reduce the cost of supporting government, particularly State Authorities which have historically operated under bloated budgets and with little oversight. Restructuring the Authorities so there is more transparency and accountability should translate into billions in savings for taxpayers.