I was born and raised in Rockland County. My mother had nine children: 7 boys in a row followed by two girls. I was third in line. My father worked long hours and many long years to provide for his family and was a volunteer fire fighter for more than 50 years. My mother went on to earn her Phd. and became an nurse practitioner, midwife, and professor of nursing.
I graduated from Suffern High School and attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, where I was Captain of the NCAA Wrestling Team, and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant upon graduation.
I served as an Infantry Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer in the 10th Mountain Infantry Division in Fort Benning, Ga. and was Airborne, Ranger, and Pathfinder qualified and retired at the rank of Captain.
I had a career as a managed care specialist and sales representative in the pharmaceutical industry and received a Masters Degree in Biotechnology from Penn State University.
I am currently the primary care giver for my mother who has had a chronic illness for the past six years.
I was one of the founding organizers of Preserve Ramapo/Rockland and have continued in that role for more than 17 years helping create the Preserve vote as a counterweight to the Chassidic Bloc vote in Rockland county.
I have run for local office six previous times usually against the Bloc vote and always against long odds.
I'm a sitting member of the Rockland County Planning Board for six years, consistently voting against applications that do not conform closely to the zoning code.