COUNTY BOARD OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 4
COMMUNITY OF RESIDENCE: I live at 142 Morningside Drive, Oneonta, in Otsego County District 4
EDUCATION: I have an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: I have over 30 years of business management along with 10 years as a small business owner
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: I have been a member of the Oneonta Lions for 10 years and have been the President for 4 of those years! And through my business my wife and I have supported the American Cancer Society, Hospice and the Susquehanna Animal Shelter. Also starting today, my business is registered with the “Grace for Vets” program, where we will provide a free car wash on Nov. 11 and April 25 to any veteran!
FAMILY: My wife Marina and I are both in a second marriage and bring a little Brady Bunch to the table. I have 2 sons, Christopher and Michael, and a daughter Joanie along with Michael’s wife Gina and my 2 fantastic Grandsons, David and Judd. And Marina has brought 2 great-stepsons Andrew and Dereck Frisch to the mix.
PHILOSOPHY OF GOVERNMENT: My thoughts on government are that it needs to be controlled, transparent and with term limits. Our representatives have to be held accountable and have some skin in the game!
MAJOR ISSUES FACING OTSEGO COUNTY:
- Economic Development; without that nothing else will work!
- Infrastructure, we have a great start with I-88, the railyards and Oneonta Airport, but we need to keep these at their best!
- Public Safety; with the growing opioid problem and growing homelessness we need transparency and communications at all levels!
Last; “Make governments more efficient to serve the people better.” And we need a sense of urgency in our representatives!
MY QUALITIES: With the experience that I bring from construction/business management, I totally understand that sense of urgency. I have been in all types of negotiations, I understand how to handle a budget and, last, I have the commonsense and knowledge to put all of these qualities together in one package.
STATEMENT: I just want everyone to know that this is a job that I don’t take lightly! I have always followed politics but I also knew in the past that working a fulltime job does not allow a person to give the proper amount of exposure to the issues and training that are around us at all times. Now I have come to a time in my life that I can devote the time necessary to do this job the way it should be done. The motto for the Lions Club is “We Serve” and that’s just what I will do for you, I promise to be there at the meetings to represent you!