I was born in Mount Vernon and spent my early years in Eastchester. Some of my first memories center on hiking in Twin Lakes Park, visiting family in Yonkers, swimming in the Long Island Sound and playing at the beach in New Rochelle.
I am very much a product of the American dream. My grandparents came to America from Europe to escape persecution, while those family members who stayed behind were killed in the Holocaust. My immigrant grandparents benefited from an America that serves as a beacon of freedom and hope and welcomes all with open arms, regardless of religion, color or creed. I want to preserve this commitment to openness and opportunity for generations to come.
My father was a World War II hero and my mother a child of the Great Depression. They were both active volunteers in our community, and my father was especially proud of his time as Eastchester Town Democratic Chairman. Ahead of his time, he ran for Town Supervisor as an environmentalist. Though he lost his election, I always admired his brave willingness to stand up for what was right over what was expedient.
When it was time for my wife and me to raise a family, we knew we wanted to do so in our beautiful district. I have watched our children grow up here, and while prioritizing my role as a husband and a father, I have always found ways to serve. I have coached Little League and served on the Scarsdale Board of Education. I have mentored Yonkers high school students through Yonkers Partners in Education, where I am now a board member. I have also served on the boards of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Westchester and the American Jewish Historical Society.
Like my father and grandfathers, I started my own business, managing municipal bonds that finance local governments and schools, tunnels and roads –– for clients including retirement funds and college endowments. As an entrepreneur I understand the important role small business plays in creating jobs and driving growth, and I believe that those wishing to innovate should have a chance to build, as well as access to capital. I also believe we can and must do better in ensuring economic fairness. The widening divide between rich and poor across our district and nation has become a crisis. We must come together to address these growing income and achievement gaps if we hope to uphold our nation’s promise of equal opportunity for all.
I believe in the hope of America — that all Americans deserve equal access to a great education, quality healthcare and futures filled with opportunity. My family has benefited from the promise of America, but I’m afraid the bright flame of that promise is dimming. Our government has lost its way, and many of our leaders have forgotten who and why they serve.
We can’t keep doing things the same way and expect different results. It’s time for a change. It’s time to repair, rebuild, and renew America’s promise.
You can take a more detailed look at my background here.