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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Education

  • MPA, Public Administration/Public Management, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 2003-2005
  • BA, Political Science/History, Mount Saint Mary College, 1997-2001

Professional Experience

  • MPA, Public Administration/Public Management, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 2003-2005
  • BA, Political Science/History, Mount Saint Mary College, 1997-2001
  • Police Commissioner, Town of Deerpark, 2011-present
  • Director, Tri-State Chamber of Commerce, 2010-present
  • Fire Policeman, Cuddebackville Fire Department, 2008-2010
  • Admissions Representative, Lincoln Technical Institute, 2008-2009
  • Business Development/Marketing Specialist, Hudson Heritage Federal Credit Union, 2006-2008
  • Staff Assistant, Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana, 2002-2003

Political Experience

  • MPA, Public Administration/Public Management, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 2003-2005
  • BA, Political Science/History, Mount Saint Mary College, 1997-2001
  • Police Commissioner, Town of Deerpark, 2011-present
  • Director, Tri-State Chamber of Commerce, 2010-present
  • Fire Policeman, Cuddebackville Fire Department, 2008-2010
  • Admissions Representative, Lincoln Technical Institute, 2008-2009
  • Business Development/Marketing Specialist, Hudson Heritage Federal Credit Union, 2006-2008
  • Staff Assistant, Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana, 2002-2003
  • Assembly Member, New York State Assembly, 2014-present
  • Assistant Minority Whip, New York State Assembly, present
  • Candidate, New York State Assembly, District 98, 2018
  • Supervisor/Budget Officer, Town of Deerpark, New York, 2009-2014
  • Council Member, Town of Deerpark, 2008-2010
  • Vice Chair, New York State Young Republicans, 1999-2001

Former Committees/Caucuses

Member, Orange County HOME Committee, 2011-present

Member, Deerpark Zoning Board of Appeals, 2007

Current Legislative Committees

Member, Aging Committee

Member, Cities Committee

Member, Election Law Committee

Member, Labor Committee

Member, Local Governments Committee

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • MPA, Public Administration/Public Management, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 2003-2005
  • BA, Political Science/History, Mount Saint Mary College, 1997-2001
  • Police Commissioner, Town of Deerpark, 2011-present
  • Director, Tri-State Chamber of Commerce, 2010-present
  • Fire Policeman, Cuddebackville Fire Department, 2008-2010
  • Admissions Representative, Lincoln Technical Institute, 2008-2009
  • Business Development/Marketing Specialist, Hudson Heritage Federal Credit Union, 2006-2008
  • Staff Assistant, Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana, 2002-2003
  • Assembly Member, New York State Assembly, 2014-present
  • Assistant Minority Whip, New York State Assembly, present
  • Candidate, New York State Assembly, District 98, 2018
  • Supervisor/Budget Officer, Town of Deerpark, New York, 2009-2014
  • Council Member, Town of Deerpark, 2008-2010
  • Vice Chair, New York State Young Republicans, 1999-2001
  • Vice President, Orange County Mayors and Supervisors Association, 2014-present
  • Member, Orange County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Advisory Board, 2010-present
  • Member, Town of Deerpark Lions Club, 2009-present
  • Treasurer, Orange County Mayors and Supervisors Association, 2011-2013

Other Info

Priority Issues:

CUT TAXES for working- and middle-class families.

CREATE GOOD-PAYING JOBS by making it easier for small businesses to hire and grow here in New York.

DEFEND OUR VETERANS & FIRST RESPONDERS.

REPEAL COMMON CORE.

STAND UP FOR SPORTSMEN by repealing the SAFE Act.

SUPPORT OUR FARMERS in the Black Dirt Region and beyond.

PROMOTE GOVERNMENT EFFICIENCY.

Policy Positions

New York State Legislative Election 2018 Political Courage Test

Education

1. Do you support adopting federal education standards in New York ?
- Yes

2. Should immigrants unlawfully present in the United States who graduate from New York high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
- No

3. Should students' standardized test scores be used to evaluate teacher performance?
- No

4. Do you support state funding for charter schools?
- Yes

5. Other or expanded principles
- Against Common Core curriculum. While we should have minimum standards on the federal level, standards and programs should be left to the local school districts, teachers, and parents, which would help thrive our school programs in these individual districts. Teachers should be given the ability to teach what they believe is an effective manner to help our students reach their greatest potential.

Legislative Priorities

In the following area, please explain in a total of 100 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.
- 1. Passage of the Public Officers Accountability Act (Ethics Reform Package)2. Comprehensive Property Tax Reform focusing on the way we fund our local school districts3. Increased Infrastructure funding to repair roadways and upgrade water and sewer systems

Gun

1. Should teachers be allowed to bring guns into the classroom?
- No

2. Should a license be required for gun ownership?
- Yes

3. Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
- No

4. Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
- No

5. Other or expanded principles
- I am an opponent of the SAFE Act in NYS and am a co-sponsor of multiple bills to repeal it. I am a strong supporter of second amendment rights to all law-abiding citizens. Gun safety and education programs should be expanded state-wide. Reciprocation laws need to be enacted on the state level to recognize licenses from other states.

Health

1. Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
- No

2. Other or expanded principles
- We need to reduce the over 60 regulations on the health care industry in NY which is driving up premiums and making health insurance costly. This will also increase competition in the market which will help to drive down costs on the consumer and create more options for them as well.

3. Should the state government increase funding for treatment facilities to combat opioid abuse?
- Yes

4. Do you support legislation that grants citizens the right to choose to die through euthanasia?
- No

5. Do you support eliminating religious exemptions for vaccinations?
- No

6. Do you support Medicaid expansion through New York 's health care programs?
- No

Social

1. Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in New York 's anti-discrimination laws?
- No

2. Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in New York 's anti-discrimination laws?
- No

3. Do you support greater efforts by New York state government in closing the pay gap between men and women?
- Yes

4. Should New York permit localities to adopt "Sanctuary City" immigration policies?
- No

5. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Environment & Energy

1. Do you support state funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
- Yes

2. Other or expanded principles
- New York State should use a hybrid approach utilizing all forms of energy creation.

3. Do you support state government regulations of greenhouse gas emissions?
- No

4. Do you support increasing state funding for clean drinking water initiatives?
- Yes

Abortion & Reproductive

1. Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
- Pro-life

2. Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
- Yes

3. Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
- Yes

4. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Campaign Finance & Government Reform

1. Do you support any limits on campaign contributions to state candidates?
- No

2. Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
- No

3. Do you support the use of an independent AND/OR bipartisan commission for redistricting?
- Yes

4. Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?
- Yes

5. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Crime & Public Safety

1. Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
- Yes

2. Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
- Yes

3. Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
- Yes

4. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

5. Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
- No

6. Do you support replacing the cash bail system with a supervised release system for misdemeanor charges?
- No

Economic

1. Do you support an increase of the minimum wage of New York ?
- No

2. Do you support state government spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

3. Do you support lowering state taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

4. Do you support reducing state government regulations on the private sector?
- Yes

5. Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
- No

6. Do you support requiring welfare applicants to pass a drug test in order to receive benefits?
- Yes

7. Other or expanded principles
- Because taxes in NY are some of the highest in the nation, we currently need incentives to locate new business to NY and increase economic development activity and job growth. However, our number ONE goal should be to reduce taxes and the cost of living for all New Yorkers. This will greatly enhance economic vitality and activity in this state.

Budget, Spending, & Tax

Budget Stabilization:

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing New York 's budget.

1. Other or expanded principles
- I am for a complete audit of state operations and our budget to identify cost savings in all departments and agencies. Identify fraud and abuse in any program to recover additional revenue. I am also for property tax reform, making property tax cap permanent for state and local governments at 2%, making unfunded mandates illegal, utilizing gambling and lottery money strictly for education.

2. Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions?
- No

3. Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees?
- No

4. Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients?
- No

5. An income tax increase on any tax bracket?
- No

Articles

Issue Position: Taxes and Spending

Jan. 1, 2018

New York's tax burden is one of the highest in the nation and here in the Hudson Valley we are facing some of the highest property taxes in the state. As a community leader, it breaks my heart to hear stories of families uprooting and leaving for more affordable states. Ever since I was elected town supervisor of Deerpark, I have been working to lower our tax burden, create efficiencies and find ways to streamline services, cutting taxes in the process. New York City politicians are spending our tax dollars to fix their city's mismanagement and that needs to end. Our families deserve to keep more of their hard-earned money because we deserve to spend our money, not the government. I have authored the School Property Tax Reduction Act to mandate that Albany pays for more of what Albany legislates, and has the potential to cut an average homeowner's property taxes by 75 percent. Useless spending like lavish tax credits to Hollywood movie producers or Gov. Cuomo's failed START-UP NY program are a burden on us all, and I have been a leading proponent to eliminate superfluous and wasteful spending like this.

Issue Position: Protecting First Responders

Jan. 1, 2018

Our police, firefighters and emergency services personnel are some of the most dedicated and selfless people in our community, working around the clock to fight crime and keep us safe. Unfortunately, vitriol and scrutiny toward these groups has reached an all-time high with many radical groups placing undue blame on these brave men and women. I am championing the Blue Lives Matter bill which would make certain crimes committed against first responders classified as a hate crime, and I recently worked to pass a law increasing disability benefits for volunteer firefighters battling cancer. I will always stand with these courageous men and women who put their lives on the line for us every day and will continue to be their voice in Albany.

Issue Position: Infrastructure

Jan. 1, 2018

Infrastructure is the backbone of any flourishing community and necessary for economic development. Safe and reliable bridges, roads and highways are vital for efficient emergency services, our businesses transporting goods across the state and our families traveling to and from home. I am fighting to increase CHIPS funding, the main funding mechanism for local road repair, and build on the success of the PAVE-NY, BRIDGE-NY and Extreme Winter Recovery programs that were part of this year's budget agreement. Well-maintained infrastructure creates jobs, supports a robust economy and gives us all a valuable peace of mind.

Events

2020

Apr. 16
2020 Taste of Japan Fundraiser

Thur 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT

Mt Fuji Japanese Steak House (Hillburn Location) Hillburn, NY

Mar. 7
Petition Signing and Meet the Candidates!

Sat 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST

Mattingly's Tavern Florida, NY

Jan. 27
Karaoke with Karl 2020 Albany Fundraiser

Mon 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST

Pinto & Hobbs Tavern Albany, NY