Who am I?
I have had a long and varied career in the public, private and non-profit sectors. I have been a manager of a small business (restaurant) and a private legal practice. I also have experience in government, both as a Regional Representative for Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand and as the Deputy County Attorney for County Executive Mike Breslin. I’ve worked on government contracting, purchasing, public sector management and complicated municipal financial transactions.
In these capacities, I’ve negotiated contracts, streamlined operations and cut red tape for businesses, community organizations, seniors and veterans. I worked for, and represented, individuals, organizations and taxpayers in management, fiscal and legal capacities.
I believe in the value of hard work and community service, and I give back as often as I can. I’m the Thanksgiving Volunteer Coordinator for Equinox, Inc. I worked for the Legal Aid Society, where I represented seniors and the disabled. I’m a Coach and Board Member for the National Little League. I’m the Finance Chair on the Board of Directors for Families Together NYS and on the Finance Committee for the Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood.
I’m a graduate of Bates College and Albany Law School. My wife, Albany County Legislator Noelle Kinsch, and I live in Albany's 9th ward with our children Jackson and Ava.
Why am I running?
I’m running for Albany City Treasurer to help bring Albany’s City Government into the 21st Century so we can make Albany a city to move in to, and not out of.
As Chief Fiscal Officer for the City of Albany, the City Treasurer will be responsible for overseeing approximately $170 million in taxpayer dollars. I am running for Treasurer because I believe we need someone who has the experience and willingness to work with the new administration and Common Council to solve the serious issues the City is facing.
As we all know, the perverse Federal tax cuts have led to cutbacks at the Federal and State levels, placing the burden of city services and education squarely on the back of local taxpayers. These cutbacks, as well as a shrinking local tax base, will continue to cause financial difficulties for local governments, including Albany. I believe we need to modernize our City government and take every measure to ensure efficient operations so that we can be an attractive city for homebuyers so we can expand our tax base, cut costs without cutting back unionized jobs, save our hard-earned taxpayer dollars, and grow our our way out of the difficulties we face.
But my inspiration to take up this charge came directly from the example of public service set by people like Mike Breslin, Jack McEneny, Judge Tony Cardona and of course Kirsten Gillibrand.
If elected City Treasurer, I will have two top priorities.
■ Modernize our city government, by updating our technology systems to increase technological efficiencies and decrease bureaucratic inefficiency in City Hall;
■ Grow our tax base by working with the new Mayor to encourage and promote small business development and to make the city more hospitable for homeowners.
I have worked for and represented individuals, organizations and taxpayers in the public, private and non-profit sectors. I worked in management, fiscal and legal capacities. I have a depth and breadth of experience working on local government issues and public sector management, both as Deputy County Attorney for County Executive Mike Breslin and as Regional Representative for Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand.
These experiences will enable me to manage the technology improvements that have already begun in City Hall, but will require great attention to detail in the execution of these improvements. On the larger level, I will be an active part of a team that MUST work with the Federal, State and local officials to get everyone on the same page to move our city forward after what has unfortunately been a prolonged period of stagnation in Albany, while neighboring municipalities have taken advantage of the growth that Albany has afforded them.
My DFA Values
Too many people have left the City of Albany. Some leave to avoid taxes; some leave because of urban blight; some leave because of the lack of jobs and investment in their community; some leave because of a woeful misperception of our schools; and others leave because they fear for the safety of themselves and their families. I want to work with the next Mayor and the Common Council fix these issues. Together, we can make the City of Albany THE place to live, work, and raise a family.
There is a huge demand for urban living. Cities are more sustainable and have a greater sense of community. The City of Albany is great because we bring people together. There are 29 neighborhood associations across the city and counting. We have an unparalleled spirit of community involvement.
If elected City Treasurer, I will work to ensure we have a city government that works for all the people in this city. Part of that needs to include modernizing our City’s technology systems to be more efficient and effective so that our government can better invest in all our local neighborhoods, address serious issues the City may face in the future and build upon the tremendous work so many have already done.
And when these upgrades are accomplished, we will be able to make the government more transparent by allowing people to know when their sidewalks or roads will be fixed, or their streets plowed, or how their money is spent. There is no community, security or liberty without transparency in how our government operates.
My Campaign is People Powered!
My campaign is focused on a grassroots, door to door strategy. I could not do it without the progressive community in Albany. Our campaign collected over 3600 signatures to secure a spot on the ballot this September thanks to the 174 people who carried my petitions. This placed us second in the city for the number of signatures obtained, ahead of all other candidates except Albany Mayoral candidate and current City Treasurer, Kathy Sheehan.
I have also been fortunate enough to be endorsed by several progressive political groups and people in Albany. Including, US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, outgoing City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan, the Robert F. Kennedy Democratic Club, Laborers Local 190, CSEA, the Albany County Central Federation of Labor, Assemblywoman Pat Fahy, former Assemblyman Jack McEneny, Assemblyman Phil Steck, former Albany County Executive Mike Breslin, as well as several Common Council members and County Legislators.
Going door to door, I find a real hunger for a change of direction in Albany, and simply by stepping up and running, both Mrs. Sheehan and I have energized a huge grassroots base of support that has carried us thus far and is committed to carrying us going forward.