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I am a lifelong resident in the Town of Cortlandt. I went to Lincoln Titus Elementary School, Lakeland Middle School, and I graduated from Walter Panas in 1991. After high school I went SUNY Oneonta and earned my B.S. in Social Studies Secondary Education 7-12. I earned my M.S. from SUNY New Paltz in Secondary Social Studies Education 7-12. I have been a teacher in the White Plains Public School District since 1998.

In addition to my attending Lakeland Public Schools, both of my sons also attended. I am proud that both my sons were able to attend school within the Lakeland School District. My oldest son, Connor is going to be a sophomore this fall at Norwich University in Vermont. He is majoring in Criminal Justice and will be a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army after he graduates. My youngest son, Braden will be a junior in high school this coming September. Braden now lives with his mother in South Salem and attends John Jay High School in Cross River. I am a very proud father of two great young men.

Following the events of September 11, 2001, I made the decision to take a leave of absence from teaching and join the United States Army. The reason why I joined the Army goes back to when I was in high school. During my senior year the U.S. was involved in the Persian Gulf War. At the time I wasn’t in support of the decision to go fight overseas. However, I made a promise to myself that if we were ever attacked that I would join the Army and defend our nation. Therefore, after the attacks on 9/11 I wanted to keep the promise, I made to myself and joined. I was in the U.S. Army from February 2002 until May of 2004 as a Military Police Officer. In May of 2004 I received a hardship discharge because of my father’s battle with Leukemia. After I was discharged, I returned to teaching in White Plains.

As a U.S. History teacher for over 24 years, I have always told my students that the government works for us, and that we don’t work for the government. As citizens we make the decision every election to “hire” and “fire” who we want to represent us. Unfortunately, I believe some politicians have forgotten that they work for the people and not themselves. I’ve always tried educating my students and my children that if something bothers you and you feel strongly enough about it then you should do something to change it. I see some things in our community that should and need to be changed. It is for these reasons that I have decided to run for Councilman.

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