Joseph Comella, a Republican, is vying for a seat in the 25th Legislative District.
continued “If we can pursue that and catch those people, we would be getting millions of dollars back to the taxpayers,” he said.
Comella also believes that there is nothing wrong with having a nursing home run by the county, but he said it is managed in an inefficient way. He said he would like to be a part of an organization that would look to run the nursing home more efficiently.
The county is in need of more labor intensive jobs, Comella said. Even though it is nice to have all of these new high-tech jobs moving into the area, he understands that not everyone will be capable of doing that work.
“We need to bring in more manufacturing businesses that give people a purpose,” he said. “I think that is important to life… There are still a lot of little factories in NYC, but it costs less to do business up here.”
Comella is involved in a lot of community work. He considers himself a social liberal and an activist in some ways. He is currently a member of the Board of the Center for Organ Donation and Transplant; he is on the executive board at the Pruyn House Historical site, is a former president of the Latham rotary club and was also on the Parent Teach Association in the North Colonie Central School District.
“I’ve always been an activist and I have always been involved,” he said.
A lot of his experience comes from his time in the 27th Armored Division, where he learned about what it takes to be a leader, and also being a Licensed Financial Advisor, which he said lends him his financial expertise. He wants to implement a plan for Albany County, but he wants to make sure that it goes through.
“A failure to plan is a plan to fail,” he said. “It’s important and should apply to not only our lives but to the government as well.”