Many New Yorkers are fleeing upstate, families and young adults alike. What will you do to encourage them and/or give them a reason to stay here?
We need to make NY more affordable to live and do business, creating a healthy and robust economic and business climate. We must offer more hope than despair.
Does anything need to change with the way state government functions? If so, what would you do to bring about change?
Yes, many of these issues can to be permanently addressed through a Constitutional Convention, which would put the power in the hands of the people. Enacting term limits, debt reform, pension reform, a state spending cap, and Medicaid reform would be a good starting point for realigning how government functions.
It is an honor and privilege to serve the constituents of the 105th District for the past 36 months. I have kept my promise to vote against new taxes and fees, which have totaled over $13 billion in the past two years alone, as well as leading the charge for a much needed property tax cap.
We are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, but cannot quit now. New York holds so much promise, but government is tying up the creative and entrepreneurial spirit that built this great state and nation. The best, most permanent solution is to free the private sector to create jobs, not create another taxpayer-funded program. I have proven that I am not bound by party ideology or influenced by political bosses, my only bosses are the taxpayers; they have the first and final say.
Occupation: Professional Engineer
Political Affiliation: Democrat
Angelo Santabarbara, is a first generation Italian-American, born in Schenectady and raised in Rotterdam, where he currently resides with his wife Jennifer and their two children. After graduation from Schalmont High School, Angelo served in the US Army Reserves and earned a Bachelor of Science from SUNY Albany. He is a Professional Engineer, and a past President of the Capital District's NYS Society of Professional Engineers. He is currently employed by The Chazen Companies as a Senior Project Manager and Engineer. He served as past Chairman of the Rotterdam Industrial Development Agency. His memberships include: the American Society of Civil Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineers, NYS Society of Professional Engineers, Cornell Cooperative Extension Board of Directors, and Albany Chapter Autism Society of America Board of Directors. He is a recipient of the Capital District Business Review's 40 Under Forty Award, the Schenectady County Human Rights Award.