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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Education

  • AAS, Dairy Science, Cornell University, 1965

Professional Experience

  • AAS, Dairy Science, Cornell University, 1965
  • Owner, Country Settings, 1986-present
  • Director, Broome Cooperative Fire Insurance Company, 1981-present
  • Owner/Operator, Crouch Farms
  • Dairy Farmer, 1967-1989

Political Experience

  • AAS, Dairy Science, Cornell University, 1965
  • Owner, Country Settings, 1986-present
  • Director, Broome Cooperative Fire Insurance Company, 1981-present
  • Owner/Operator, Crouch Farms
  • Dairy Farmer, 1967-1989
  • Assembly Member, New York State Assembly, District 122, 1995-present
  • Minority Conference Chair, New York State Assembly, present
  • Former Assistant Minority Whip, New York State Assembly
  • Candidate, New York State Assembly, District 122, 2018
  • County Supervisor, Chenango County Board of Supervisors, 1986-1995
  • Chair, Chenango County Board of Supervisors, 1993-1995
  • Town Supervisor, Town of Bainbridge, 1986-1995
  • Town Councilman, Town of Bainbridge, 1982-1986

Former Committees/Caucuses

Former Chair, Assembly Minority Agricultural Task Force, New York State Assembly

Former Chair, Chenango County Solid Waste Committee, Chenango County Board of Supervisors

Former Member, Governmental Employees, New York State Assembly

Former Member, Human Resources Committee, New York State Assembly

Former Member, Labor Committee, New York State Assembly

Former Vice-Chair, Minority Conference, New York State Assembly

Former Steering Committee Vice Chair, New York State Assembly

Former Member, Personnel Committee, New York State Assembly

Former Member, Planning and Safety Committee, New York state

Former Member, Planning and Safety Committee, New York State Assembly

Current Legislative Committees

Member, Agriculture Committee

Member, Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry Committee

Member, Rules Committee

Member, Ways and Means Committee

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • AAS, Dairy Science, Cornell University, 1965
  • Owner, Country Settings, 1986-present
  • Director, Broome Cooperative Fire Insurance Company, 1981-present
  • Owner/Operator, Crouch Farms
  • Dairy Farmer, 1967-1989
  • Assembly Member, New York State Assembly, District 122, 1995-present
  • Minority Conference Chair, New York State Assembly, present
  • Former Assistant Minority Whip, New York State Assembly
  • Candidate, New York State Assembly, District 122, 2018
  • County Supervisor, Chenango County Board of Supervisors, 1986-1995
  • Chair, Chenango County Board of Supervisors, 1993-1995
  • Town Supervisor, Town of Bainbridge, 1986-1995
  • Town Councilman, Town of Bainbridge, 1982-1986
  • Member, Bainbridge Local Development Corporation, 1986-present
  • Member, Bainbridge Lions Club, 1981-present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Broome Cooperative Fire Insurance Company, 1980-present
  • Member, Bainbridge Methodist Church, present
  • Member, American Agriculturist Foundation

Other Info

Names of Grandchildren:

Madison, Cameron, Megan, Marilyn, Cooper, Abrianna, Abby

  • 7

Policy Positions

New York State Legislative Election 2006 National Political Awareness Test

Legislative Priorities

Please explain in a total of 75 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.
- No Answer

Campaign Finance and Governmental Reform

1. Do you support prohibiting media exit polling of voters until all polling locations in New York are closed?
- Yes

2. Should New York recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
- Yes

3. Describe what you believe must be done to complete rebuilding efforts near Ground Zero in New York City. Please use forty (40) words or less.
- No Answer

4. Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
- Yes

5. Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
- No

6. Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying and ensuring accuracy of votes?
- Yes

7. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Abortion

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.

1. Abortions should always be legal.
- X

2. Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
- X

3. Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
- X

4. Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
- No Answer

5. Require clinics to give parental notification before performing abortions on minors.
- No Answer

6. Abortions should always be illegal.
- No Answer

7. Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
- No Answer

8. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Budget and Tax

State Budget: Indicate the funding levels (#1-6) you will support for the following general categories. Select one level per category.

1. Education (Higher)
- Slightly Increase

2. Education (K-12)
- Greatly Increase

3. Environment
- Maintain Status

4. Health care
- Slightly Increase

5. Law enforcement
- Maintain Status

6. Transportation and Highway infrastructure
- Slightly Increase

7. Welfare
- Slightly Decrease

8. Emergency preparedness
- Maintain Status

9. Other or expanded categories
- No Answer

State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels (#1-6) you will support. Select one level per tax.

1. Should the state sales taxes be extended to Internet sales?
- Yes

2. Should accounts such as a ?rainy day? fund be used to balance the state budget?
- No

3. Should fee increases be used to balance the state budget?
- No

4. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

5. Other or expanded categories
- No Answer

6. Alcohol taxes
- No Answer

7. Capital gains taxes
- No Answer

8. Cigarette taxes
- No Answer

9. Corporate taxes
- No Answer

10. Gasoline taxes
- No Answer

11. Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
- No Answer

12. Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
- No Answer

13. Sales taxes
- No Answer

14. Vehicle taxes
- No Answer

15. Should the New York Legislature list discretionary spending item by item in the budget?
- Yes

Campaign Finance and Governmental Reform

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.

1. Do you support limiting the number of terms for New York governors?
- No

2. Do you support limiting the number of terms for New York state senators and representatives?
- No

Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?

1. Individual
- No Answer

2. PAC
- No Answer

3. Corporate
- No Answer

4. Political Parties
- No Answer

Crime

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.

1. Other or expanded principles
- Civil confirnement for certain level 3 sex offenders

2. End parole for repeat violent offenders.
- X

3. Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
- X

4. Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
- X

5. Support the death penalty in New York.
- X

6. Eliminate the statute of limitations for criminal sex cases.
- X

7. Eliminate the statute of limitations for civil lawsuits seeking damages in sex cases.
- X

8. Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and hiring of additional prison staff.
- No Answer

9. Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
- X

10. Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
- X

11. Require that crimes based on race, ethnic background, religious belief, sex, age, disability, or sexual orientation be prosecuted as hate crimes.
- X

12. Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
- X

13. Support the restriction of the sale of products used to make methamphetamine (e.g. tablets containing pseudophedrine, ephedrine and phenylpropanolamine).
- X

Education

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

1. Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any public school.
- No Answer

2. Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
- No Answer

3. Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
- No Answer

4. Increase funds for hiring additional teachers.
- No Answer

5. Support teacher testing and reward with merit pay.
- No Answer

6. Endorse voluntary prayer in public schools.
- X

7. Support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams.
- No Answer

8. Increase funding for Head Start programs.
- X

9. Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
- X

10. Support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods.
- X

11. Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
- No Answer

12. Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
- No Answer

13. Support national standards and testing of public school students.
- No Answer

14. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Employment and Affirmative Action

Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.

1. Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
- X

2. Support the inclusion of sexual orientation in New York's anti-discrimination laws.
- X

3. Increase funding for state job-training programs that retrain displaced workers and teach skills needed in today?s job market.
- X

4. Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
- X

5. Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for children in low-income working families.
- X

6. Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
- X

7. Increase the state minimum wage.
- No Answer

8. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity or gender be taken into account in state agencies? decisions on:

1. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

2. State college and university admissions
- No

3. Public employment
- No

4. State contracting
- No

Environment & Energy

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

1. Increase funding for improvements to New York's power generating and transmission facilities.
- X

2. Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
- X

3. Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, and oil).
- X

4. Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
- X

5. Support funding for open space preservation.
- X

6. Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
- No Answer

7. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Gun

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.

1. Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
- No Answer

2. Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
- No Answer

3. Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
- No Answer

4. Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
- X

5. Require a license for gun possession.
- No Answer

6. Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
- No Answer

7. Other or expanded principles
- License to carry following a background check

Health

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.

1. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

2. Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
- X

3. Transfer current Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
- X

4. Limit the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
- X

5. Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
- No Answer

6. Legalize physician assisted suicide in New York.
- No Answer

7. Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
- X

8. Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
- No Answer

Welfare and Poverty

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.

1. Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
- X

2. Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
- X

3. Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
- X

4. Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
- No Answer

5. Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to extend health and child care subsidies to the working poor.
- X

6. Support marriage promotion programs for welfare recipients.
- X

7. Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
- No Answer

8. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Articles

Governor Cuomo Announces Broome County Will Receive Over $3.1 Million in State Matching Funds Through the County-Wide Shared Services Initiative

Sep. 13, 2019

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Broome County will receive over $3.1 million in state matching funds through the County-Wide Shared Services Initiative. Broome County achieved $3,140,353 in taxpayer savings in 2018 through the implementation of new, locally identified shared services projects, and the state will match this amount dollar-for-dollar. "In New York we are working to cut taxes across the board, and these matching funds will continue to build on the significant progress we've already made to put money back in the pockets of middle-class families," Governor Cuomo said. "I applaud the efforts of the Broome County government for finding innovative new ways to share services, cut costs and generate real savings for New York taxpayers." Broome County partnered with the Capital District BOCES Pharmacy Purchasing Coalition to achieve total savings of over $3.1 million. The Coalition enables participating entities to maintain their current pharmacy plans, governance and autonomy, while leveraging large-scale group purchasing discounts and contracting that currently encompasses 600,000 lives. The remaining net savings of over $9,700 resulted from sharing caseworkers between school districts. Secretary of State Rossana Rosado said, "We are committed to supporting our local governments to protect the interests of our taxpayers. This program has and will continue to foster partnerships and conversations that identify projects that cross municipal boundaries and save taxpayer dollars." Senator Fred Akshar said, "Congratulations to Broome County Executive Garnar and the Broome County Legislature for doing what's right for the taxpayers of this county. High property taxes continue to be one of the top concerns amongst Broome County residents and has sadly contributed to the out-migration of far too many people in this state. It's not always easy to find ways to cut costs and share services but our local leaders did just that. I'd like to thank Governor Cuomo and the Department of State for partnering with local officials across this state to incentivize creative governing which will help dozens of municipalities and thousands of their residents." Assembly Member Clifford Crouch said, "I am immensely pleased to see Broome County receive such a prestigious grant. Our taxpayers will and already have, greatly benefited from CWSSI's implementation and I look forward to seeing the relief that it brings to the Southern Tier. Such a massive amount of savings is an amazing landmark in ensuring our taxpayers get the most out of these services and their state government." Assembly Member Donna Lupardo said, "I'd like to congratulate County Executive Jason Garnar and his entire team for their hard work resulting in these savings; taxpayers deserve the attention that is being given to initiatives like this. I appreciate the Governor's and Department of State's recognition and support for cost saving measures for municipalities." Broome County Executive Jason Garnar said, "Millions of dollars coming to Broome County is a MAJOR win. After all our hard work on the County-Wide Shared Services Initiative, I am proud that Broome County is among the first to be awarded matching funds. As soon as Governor Cuomo announced the program, my team and I hit the ground running to introduce new shared services in Broome County and that has paid off, to the tune of $3.1 million dollars. Thank you to the Governor for recognizing our hard work in Broome County to protect our taxpayers." The state-matched funds to Broome County is the first payment that is expected to be made to 31 counties that became eligible in 2019 to apply for a State match of net savings under the County-Wide Shared Services Initiative, or CWSSI. The $3.1 million state match applies to the first year of actual savings. Guidance documents regarding the CWSSI and state match application process are available here. Past CWSSI plans are available here. The County-Wide Services Initiative is administered by the Division of Local Government Services at the Department of State. The Division provides technical assistance and competitive grants to local governments. For more information on CWSSI or any programs administered by the Division, please contact localgov@dos.ny.gov or call 518-473-3355.

Governor Cuomo Announces Opening of I-81 Southbound Bridge Over the Chenango River

Jul. 23, 2015

Major Milestone Achieved at Prospect Mountain Project in Binghamton Governor Cuomo announced the opening of a new southbound Interstate 81 bridge over the Chenango River, a major milestone in the $135 million project to reconstruct the Prospect Mountain Interchange of State Route 17 and I-81 in the city of Binghamton and town of Dickinson, Broome County. The I-81 southbound Exit 4 off ramp to Binghamton and Hillcrest also is re-opening to traffic. "Interstate 81 in Binghamton is a critical link in New York State's highway system and the new bridges being built at Prospect Mountain will support increased economic activity and keep traffic moving smoothly through the Southern Tier," Governor Cuomo said. "This is yet another example of the State's efforts to bolster vital infrastructure and I am pleased to see the success of this project moving forward." The Prospect Mountain project includes constructing new bridges over the Chenango River, new concrete pavement, noise walls and Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) features that help manage traffic. The new I-81 northbound/Route 17 westbound bridge over the Chenango River was reopened earlier this month and the State Route 17 Prospect Street Interchange off-ramp opened to traffic this summer. The Route 17 westbound Prospect Street on-ramp and the I-81 southbound ramp to Route 17 westbound will both open this fall. The construction contractor for the project is L&T Construction of Richmondville, Schoharie County. Work began in March 2012 and is expected to be completed by the end of this year. New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll said, "The new bridge over the Chenango River will ensure safety and mobility along the corridor into the future and the extensive ITS improvements will reduce congestion and keep traffic moving smoothly to reduce greenhouse gases. This major reconstruction project has been progressed thanks to Governor Cuomo's leadership, and it will allow this portion of Route 17 to be designated as federal Interstate 86 in the future." Assemblyman Clifford Crouch said, "Ask anyone who has driven in Binghamton or Dickinson, traffic congestion has been a major problem, but with this announcement today, the issue will finally be resolved. The government's job is to make positive changes to the state that will help all New Yorkers, and with the construction of the I-81 bridge we are doing just that." Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo said, "I'm very happy with the opening of a new southbound bridge on Interstate 81. This entire interchange project has been a huge undertaking and I am truly impressed with how smoothly the Department of Transportation's work has been. I'd like to thank the Governor for his ongoing support of this critical infrastructure project." An estimated $164 million project to reconfigure Interchange 4 (State Route 17/I-81 and State Route 7) will begin next spring and is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

Governor Cuomo Proposes $30 Million in Agricultural Economic Development Projects for the Southern Tier

Mar. 12, 2015

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced plans to help boost the agricultural economy in the Southern Tier--one of the most diverse agricultural regions of the state with a large potential for growth. The Governor's budget would make available $30 million dollars for projects that help farms and agribusinesses grow throughout the area, with additional funding to assist targeted agricultural economic development projects. "New York's agricultural industry is one of our most important drivers of economic activity -- especially in upstate communities," Governor Cuomo said. "By including this funding in the budget, we can make a profound investment in the future of farmers and local vendors throughout the Southern Tier, and I am proud to be moving this vital industry forward again this year." Under this initiative, $25 million would help farmers increase agricultural production on farms and improve profitability. Funding would also support farmers in better managing environmental resources. Projects that are awarded state funding may receive up to $100,000, which will go toward funding up to 75 percent of an eligible project. Applicants are responsible for the other 25 percent, and all projects should be completed within one year of the contract. Those eligible to apply for this program would include: people, partnerships, associations, cooperatives, corporations, or LLCs that manage a "farm operation" as defined in section 301 of Agriculture and Markets. Costs could include construction, renovation, irrigation, drainage, environmental enhancements, fencing, trellis systems and greenhouses. Eligible applications for the environmental management aspect of this program will be required to have, within the past three years, participated in an agricultural environmental stewardship program, such as the NYS Agricultural Environmental Management Program and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Conservation Program. $5 million of this funding would be allocated for targeted agricultural economic development projects, such as farmers' market expansions and forest productivity projects, as well as investments to spur agribusiness job creation in locations such as food processing plants in the Southern Tier. State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, "This funding included in the Governor's Budget will make an already strong agricultural region here in New York even stronger. As a frequent traveler to the Southern Tier, I know this region is ripe with opportunity for agricultural economic growth. I look forward to working with the Governor and leaders across the Southern Tier in making this vision a reality in the near future." Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo said, "Agriculture is a very important economic driver in New York State, and a focus of the Southern Tier's long-term regional strategy for growth. We have been working with our local community partners to expand and increase the region's agricultural economy through several channels, including business development. The proposed funding for agribusiness projects fits perfectly with the ongoing work of the Regional Council and I'd like to thank the Governor for his continued commitment to the Southern Tier." Assemblyman Clifford Crouch said, "Agriculture is growing here in New York State, with record sales, renewed interest and untapped potential here in the Southern Tier. The Southern Tier's footprint when it comes to agriculture is substantial and we do a lot of things well. This funding included in the Governor's budget will help our world-class farmers and producers do their jobs even better, while making targeted investments in industries that create jobs."