This week I was nominated by the Democratic and Working Families Parties to be their candidate in a special election for the 103rd Assembly District seat vacated when Marc Molinaro was elected Dutchess County Executive in November. The election, called by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, is March 20, 2012 — less than two months away. It is one of five special elections to be held that day in open seats around New York State.
I am honored by the nomination and touched by the outpouring of support for my candidacy from up and down the district. I have lived in the Hudson Valley for 25 years and my family roots in the region go back three generations. I work, play, eat out, shop, get my haircut, have coffee with colleagues in the towns of the NY 103rd AD. As an elected official I would expand my work with our communities to develop jobs, services and partnerships within the district. I would be enormously proud to be a voice for my friends and neighbors in Dutchess and Columbia Counties in Albany.
I know these are challenging times for too many folks in the Hudson Valley. I am committed to working hard to bring the resources to our towns that will create and keep local jobs. I will work with our municipalities and schools to get relief from unfunded mandates. I will partner with Governor Cuomo to move our state economy forward, control spending and cut taxes. I will continue to be a passionate advocate for this beautiful region and help us realize the untapped potential of our natural, cultural, historical and agricultural resources as economic engines and job generators.
Two months is a short campaign but this is an important election for this region. I will be working hard going door to door, stopping in every diner and talking to as many folks in the 103rd as wish to share their thoughts with me.