Street Address: 157 Elwood AvenueHawthorne, NY 10532
Race: Congressional District 17 Representative
Political and civic experience: Never held elected office
Family: Married for 32 years to my wife, Barbara, and we have one daughter, Michelle.
Residency: Born in Yonkers, NY; currently residing in Hawthorne, NY; Town of Mt. PleasantIncumbent?: No
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Education: Cardinal Spellman High School, Bronx, NY; A.A.S. Westchester Community College; 2 years (Finance), Mercy College
Occupation: U.S. Marine Corps, Vietnam Veteran; FDNY (New York City Fire Department) 22 years, retired as a Lieutenant; New York State Licensed Private Investigator (current); Emergency Planning Consultant (current)
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 believe that my life experience has allowed me to develop a unique, well balanced perspective on government and politics that few others have. My time in the Marine Corps provided me with a solid background and understanding of military and defense matters. My service in the FDNY, gives me an understanding of what first responders need to deal with the ever present threat of terrorism. I have trained in National Incident Management and Incident Command, and the knowledge acquired there gives me a comprehensive understanding of FEMA and disaster response. In addition to my professional life, I have always been active in my community and have served as a volunteer with numerous organizations. I have been a volunteer with the Westchester Chapter of the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, the Westchester Emergency Communications Association, and the Eastchester (CERT) Community Emergency Response Team. I have also served as President of the East Yonkers Boys and Girls Club (4 yrs.), as a volunteer coach at Holy Child High School and St. Mark's Lutheran School, and as a Board Member with the Yonkers Private Industry Council. I am also a National Board Member of Animal Charities of America. As a veteran, I am active in the American Legion, the Marine Corps League, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Vietnam Veterans of America, and have served as an officer in most of these organizations. I also volunteer at the VA Hospital in Montrose and am an advocate for our seriously wounded veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan; traveling to Washington numerous times to lobby for the assistance that they need. I serve as a volunteer with the "Service Dog" Program that provides service dogs to veterans suffering from amputations, spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. I have met many of these young heroes and their families and I believe that I understand their situation better than most. Over the years, I have always made a commitment to try to make my community a better place for all. I believe that as a Congressman, I could bring that same commitment to the office and make our Congressional District a much better place for all residents to live.
What would be your top three priorities if you are elected or re-elected?
1. To fulfill my oath of office - to support, defend (and obey) the Constitution of the United States and to protect our 1st and 2nd Amendment Freedoms which are being threatened (speech, religion and the right to bear arms). Prevent any President from ignoring the constraints placed on his/her executive powers by the Constitution and stop the current policy of using Executive Orders to circumvent our Constitution.
2. Repeal Obamacare - this law is creating uncertainty in the business community, causing unemployment rates to remain high and the economy to suffer. We must protect Medicare from the drastic impact that Obamacare will have on it, and live up to the promise that the government made to our seniors - that the care they paid for all of their lives, would be there when they needed it. Note: There are some healthcare issues that need to be dealt with, but, each can be addressed on an individual basis, without dismantling the entire healthcare system.
3. Repeal the following:
(a) the regulations and mandates, imposed by the Obama Administration, which are preventing businesses from hiring and causing unemployment rates to remain at unacceptable levels. Many of these regulations have prevented the U.S. from making use of the abundant supplies of domestic fuel resources that America has been blessed with.
(b) the "Sequestration" provision from the Budget Control Act of 2011, which will cut $500 Billion from the Defense Budget over the next 10 years, and will seriously weaken America's national defense capabilities. These cuts will also cause a serious spike in unemployment in the Defense industry.