Why I’m Running for Congress
I’m the only candidate in this race who has spent my entire career living in and fighting for our community. I’m running because I see so much potential in our communities being squandered as our unresponsive elected officials cater to the ultra wealthy and big corporations at the expense of the working class. Government should serve to improve the daily lives of all Americans.
As a community activist, small business owner, and voter in the district for the past 35 years, I have been deeply disturbed by the lack of leadership and representation by our current congressman, John Faso, who has voted to take away our health care, and has acted to serve the interests of his wealthy donors and big corporations, above those of his constituents.
We need a representative who will put people first. I have been fighting for the rights of people in our community all my adult life. I’m now prepared to take this fight to Washington.
Deep Roots in the Community
After graduating from SUNY-New Paltz and law school, and serving as a Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) doing civil rights work on behalf of Native Americans, I returned to the district where my wife Karen and I have raised our family and have been active members of our community.
- Supporting Children and Families: I have served on the Board of Family of Woodstock for 15 years and as a member of the Rip Van Winkle Council of the Boy Scouts of America for a decade. For the last 25 years, I’ve coached and sponsored youth basketball.
- Lending a Helping Hand: I helped found the Ralph Darmstadt Homeless Shelter, as well as Ulster County Habitat for Humanity. I served on the Ulster County Board of Health for two terms. I am a member of the Boards of the Caring Hands Soup Kitchen and Midtown Rising. I also teach college-level classes at Woodbourne Prison as part of the Rising Hope program.
- Human Rights Leader: I am now serving as Chairperson of the Ulster County Human Rights Commission, as well as on a legislative task force working collaboratively to draft a comprehensive Human Rights Law for Ulster County at the request of the Ulster County Legislature.
- Opioid and Addiction Reduction: As an assistant Ulster County Public Defender for nine years, I fought for a rehabilitative approach to nonviolent crimes and worked to help clients with addictions to heroin and other street drugs get treatment instead of jail time.
- Deacon, Public Servant: In 2007, I attended Yale Divinity School and was ordained as a Deacon in the United Methodist Church. Today my unpaid position as Deacon at the St. James United Methodist Church, where I direct community outreach, gives me a broader platform to continue my community service.
- Small Business Owner: Over the past 35 years, I have built a successful law practice in Kingston enabling me to understand first hand the issues faced by local businesses. As a member of the Chamber of Commerce for over thirty years, I am able to bridge the economic and social challenges of NY19.
Building a People-Powered Campaign
It’s time for leadership that serves the people of our district. I am committed to ensuring health care and education for all, and erasing dark money from politics.
Democracy is powered by people like you. Please join me to return power to the people, rather than the corporate interests Congress currently represents.
I serve people, not corporate lobbyists and powerful interests. And I will continue to do so if I’m so honored to be elected to Congress.