Anyone who watches the news out of Washington or Albany knows our government is dysfunctional. But it doesn’t have to be. As your Assemblyman my job will be about you and how we can solve problems together. The job is about empowering the powerless, protecting and enhancing the rights we have, preserving our quality of life, ensuring the next generation has a healthy environment, and strengthening the safety net for those who need it.
An Assemblyman spends time in Albany debating bills and passing legislation, but I will also be on the sidewalk or picket line here in the District with you, listening to you and fighting injustice. I will work with unions, small businesses, homeowners and renters alike, parents, students, and educators, first responders—anyone who needs help to get a fair shake. My experience as a union negotiator taught me how to find solutions even when none were obvious, so I know how to get things done.
I am ready for this job. As a former union negotiator, I know how to find solutions. As a concerned citizen I know the damage insincere or corrupt politicians can do. As a New Yorker, I know nonsense when I hear it. As an airline pilot, I know how to respond when situations arise. As a neighbor, I know my obligations to my fellow citizens. As an American, I am committed to the ideals of justice, equality of opportunity, and excellence.
- Airline Pilot since 2000.
- Flight instructor from 1998-2000.
- Union representative for the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA); local representative from 2004 to 2011.
- Meals on Heels in Brooklyn.
- Habitat for Humanity in Newburgh.
- Assistant baseball coach for NYU for 14 years.
- BA, English from New York University, 1995.
- Married to Dyanna Rettig.
- Negotiating Committee member of ALPA from 2011 to 2014; Vice Chairman of ALPA's Master Council.