2022 State Candidates
The first step in our effort to return government to the people is to elect candidates to office who will adhere to the Conservative Principles outlined on the Home Page. To achieve that, we endorsed the following candidates who have either proven themselves worthy by past actions or have shown promise for future actions.
For Governor — Lee Zeldin
Lee Zeldin was born and raised on Long Island. He grew up in Suffolk County and graduated from William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach, where his identical twin daughters attend school today. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany and then his law degree from Albany Law School, becoming New York’s youngest attorney at the time at the age of 23. Lee spent four years on Active Duty with the U.S. Army after completing ROTC and served in different capacities, including as a Military Intelligence Officer, Prosecutor, and Military Magistrate. In the summer of 2006, while assigned to the Army’s elite 82nd Airborne Division, Lee deployed to Iraq with an infantry battalion of fellow paratroopers in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In 2007, Lee returned to Suffolk County with his family. It was at this time that Lee transitioned from Active Duty to the Army Reserve, where he currently serves with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
In 2008, Lee established a successful law practice in Smithtown, NY. Elected to the New York State Senate two years later, in 2010, Lee’s been working hard every day since to keep the promises he made to the hard-working families he represents. In the State Senate, Lee successfully fought to repeal the MTA Payroll Tax for 80 percent of employers, a job killing tax that was hurting small businesses. Lee led the successful efforts to repeal the Saltwater Fishing License Fee and create the PFC Joseph Dwyer Program, a statewide program in New York to help our returning veterans cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Lee also wrote the law that protects our fallen veterans and their families from protests at military burials.
Lee was then elected to the United States Congress in 2014, representing New York’s First Congressional District, and quickly became a leading voice in America on top local, domestic and foreign policy issues.
Lee and his wife, Diana, reside in Shirley with their twin fourteen-year old daughters, Mikayla and Arianna.
[Taken from nygop.org]
For more information, visit: https://zeldinfornewyork.com/meet-lee/
For Lieutenant Governor — Alison Esposito
Following in the footsteps of her father, NYPD Chief Michael Esposito, proudly serving New York City, Alison has served in the New York City Police Department since 1997, rising to the rank of Deputy Inspector. Alison joined the NYPD because she believes that New Yorkers, especially those who need help, are in danger, and cannot protect themselves, have the right to be protected.
After joining the NYPD, she started off on patrol in Manhattan’s Midtown South precinct. From there, she went on to join the Anti-Crime team, a plain clothes unit targeting violent street crime, and after taking down some of the worst criminals, she joined the NYPD’s Emergency Services Unit. Alison then served in the Bronx and on the NYPD’s Gang Unit and on many other assignments, which brought her to the 70th precinct in Brooklyn where she served as Deputy Inspector.
For too long, Alison has witnessed the state and city she loves deteriorate in a spiraling decline. Fatally flawed liberal policies like cashless bail, defund the police, the Less is More Act, DAs like Alvin Bragg who won’t enforce the law and so much more have surrendered our streets to criminals. Alison has fought crime her whole adult life and is more than ready to tackle the rampant crime and violence facing our state. Now more than ever, New York needs capable, determined, and courageous leadership that will protect everyday New Yorkers, drive down their cost of living, and restore our state to glory.
Not too long ago, New York had the reputation as the greatest state in the greatest country in the world. It’s about time we get back to acting like it. She is ready to fix Albany alongside Congressman Lee Zeldin on day one.
Raised in Highland Mills, New York, in Orange County, Alison Esposito attended the State University of New York at Delhi, City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) National Academy at Quantico.
[Taken from nygop.org]
For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/EspositoforNY/
For Attorney General — Michael Henry
The first member of his family to go to college, Michael Henry is a New York-based attorney whose practice focuses primarily on commercial litigation. Michael is admitted to practice in the State of New York, Eastern District of New York, Southern District of New York, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and has represented numerous asylum seekers from China before the Executive Office of Immigration Review.
In law school, Michael was a judicial intern for The Honorable John M. Czygier, Jr., Suffolk County Surrogate’s Court. Michael has appeared as both a legal and political analyst on local and national television and talk radio programs.
Michael has authored columns on a variety of topics over the years, including immigration, and public policy, and has worked with both political candidates and political organizations throughout the United States. Prior to practicing law, Michael was employed in the mortgage industry, gaining significant management experience. Additionally, Michael spent time abroad while earning his M.A. in International Relations with an additional Graduate Certification in International Law and Diplomacy.
Michael has been an active member of the Federalist Society since law school, holding roles as a law school chapter president and a regional coordinator. Michael is also a member of multiple Italian American Lawyers associations.
[Taken from nygop.org]
For more information, visit: https:/www/michaelhenryforag.com
For Comptroller — Paul Rodriguez
Paul Rodriguez is a global financial expert with several decades of experience funding, financing, and investing money at some of the world’s most widely recognized financial institutions. Paul brings to the race a deep background in the world of finance ranging from major multinational corporations to advising small businesses. As a political outsider from the private sector, Paul is running to professionalize the Office of the Comptroller and serve as a much-needed watchdog for New York taxpayers and the state’s $212 billion budget.
Paul served on Wall Street for more than 25 years at various leading firms, including Salomon Brothers, Merrill Lynch, UBS, BBVA, and ANZ. He began his career as an equity research analyst, later transitioning to credit analysis and eventually becoming a global banker working with multinational corporations in the United States and internationally.
Paul was born in Queens to working-class Puerto Rican parents. His father served as a Vietnam-era Marine combat veteran and his mother as an executive assistant. His parents separated when Paul was an infant, and his mother relocated them to Puerto Rico, where he lived for 10 years before moving back to the States. Paul learned Spanish as his first language and has worked and traveled throughout Latin America and Europe during his career.
Like many New Yorkers, Paul experienced the struggles facing single-parent households and learned early on the value of hard work and contributing to the family. During his studies at Northwestern University, he served as a Midshipman in the Naval ROTC program. The grit and determination he developed as a young boy has served him throughout his life, later helping him beat cancer.
Paul has always had a passion for service. He is a past Executive Board member of the Manhattan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Brooklyn-Kings County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He is also a past president of the New York Young Republican Club. He ran for Congress against Rep. Nydia Velazquez in 2004 in one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse districts in New York City, encompassing Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan. In 2021, Paul was the Conservative Party nominee for New York City Comptroller. He most recently served in the Archdiocese of New York, managing their extensive multi-million dollar fundraising campaigns.
In addition to his studies at Northwestern, Paul earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Certificate in Global Policy Studies at the University of Georgia. He also completed a Fellowship in Economics at Stanford University. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife of 17 years (Rocio) and two of his three daughters, aged 10 (Natalia) and 14 (Ana Sofia). His oldest daughter, aged 26 (Gabriela), lives in Puerto Rico.
[Taken from nygop.org]
For more information, visit: https://www.rodriguezfornewyork.com
For NY State Senate, District 41 — Sue Serino
Senator Sue Serino started working at age 15 and never stopped. She learned early on the value of being able to capitalize on her incredible work ethic and that understanding has served to shape her entire adult life. Sue began as a waitress in a small, local restaurant, quickly working her way up to become a manager. After the birth of her son Anthony, she opened her first successful business as a childcare provider.
Having grown up in Dutchess County, Sue developed an distinct appreciation for the uniqueness of the area and its homes. The daughter of a hardworking immigrant, Sue was taught that homeownership was a critical component of achieving the “American Dream.” Hoping to make that dream a reality for her neighbors in the community, Sue took an interest in the real estate industry. She began working in the industry in 1996 and opened her own office in the City of Poughkeepsie shortly thereafter. In 2003, she moved her office to Hyde Park to accommodate her growing team of 26 sales associates.
As a small business owner, Sue has had to deal with the harsh realities of doing business in New York. Like so many New Yorkers, she was frustrated with high taxes and bureaucratic red tape that always seemed to stand in the way of real progress. It was that frustration that drove her determination to make a difference in her local communities.
Sue was elected to the Hyde Park Town Board in 2010 and then to the Dutchess County Legislature in 2011. As a county legislator, she was a vocal advocate for hardworking taxpayers and consistently resisted efforts to raise taxes and fees at the local level. Sue firmly believes that like so many hardworking families in our communities, our government needs to learn to do more with less and needs to prioritize measures that will directly benefit our local communities.
Having spent her life in Dutchess, Sue cares deeply about ensuring our communities remain places where our young people can afford to start their lives and our seniors can afford to stay and enjoy the lives that they worked so hard to build. Residents of the 41st District should know that Sue will fight tirelessly in Albany to achieve that goal.
For more information, visit: https://www.sueserino.com/meet_sue
For Assemblyman, District 103 — Pat Sheehan
Patrick Sheehan 103rd A.D. Candidate Conservative/Republican
Age: 51; Marital Status: Married; Children: 3; Occupation: Realtor & Business Owner; Union Affiliation: SAG/AFTRA
Lifelong resident of the 103rd Assembly District. Resident of Ruby, Town of Ulster, where his family has owned property since 1911. Born in Kingston, NY (Ulster County); Grew up in Rhinebeck, NY (Dutchess County).
Juris Doctor, 1999
Bachelor of Arts, 1993 Regents Diploma, 1988
Albany Law School, Albany New York
Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
J.A. Coleman H.S., Hurley, New York
President, PS Realty SVCS Corp. 2018 – Present
President, Kingston Marine Corp, 2020 – Present
President, Ruby Navy Corp, 2022 – Present Owner, Patrick Sheehan & Son Contracting 2009 - 2011
Economic Development Experience: Committeeperson, Town of Ulster Economic Development Committee, 2010 - 2015 Director of Business Development, Ulster County Development Corporation, 2008 – 2009
Criminal Justice Experience: Legislative Liaison/Past Chairman, Ulster County Criminal Justice Council, 2005 - 2015 Investigator, Dutchess County Medical Examiner’s Office, 2012 – 2014 Investigator, Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office, 2008 – 2009 Criminal Law Associate, Queens County District Attorney’s Office, 1999 - 2001 Student Assistant District Attorney, New York County District Attorney’s Office 1998 – 1999 Legal Aide, New York State Attorney General’s Office
Organized Crime Task Force (ALB/W.P.) 1997 - 1998 Criminal Prosecutions Bureau (ALB) 1996 - 1997
Essentials of Firefighting (1988) Cause & Origin Investigations (1989) Fire Scene Photography (1989); Auto Crime Investigations – NYPD (2000); North East Gang Investigators Training (2001); Aquatic Death and Homicidal Drowning Investigations (2013); FDNY/OCME Subway Mass Fatality Forensic Investigation (2013) NYS DCJS Interview/Interrogation Training (2013)
Firematic Service: Commissioner
President Firefighter First Responder Firefighter
Ruby Fire Department, Ruby, New York, 2008 – 2012 Ruby Fire Department, Ruby New York, 2004 – 2006 Ruby Fire Department 2001- 2022 WTC 9/13 - 16/2001
Rhinecliff Fire Department 1988 – 2001
Patrick Sheehan 103rd A.D. Candidate Conservative/Republican Committee to Elect Patrick Sheehan P.O. Box 8 Ruby, NY 124
Patrick Sheehan became alarmed some months back. The Democratic Party, he felt, was drifting leftward. Then, along came Sarahana Shrestha, and his fuse was lit. Today, Sheehan is running for State Assembly in the 103rd District as a registered Conservative and appearing on both the Conservative and Republican lines.
His opponent in the November 8th General Election is Sarahana Shrestha, a 41-year-old climate activist and Democratic Socialist from Esopus who scored an upset victory over 13-term moderate incumbent Democratic Assemblyman Kevin Cahill in the June 28th primary. “I saw her ground game and how the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) were helping her, and I knew Cahill was in trouble,” Sheehan said.
He is betting that Shrestha is simply too far left for the majority of voters in the district. “I’m running to give those other voters a choice in this race,” Sheehan said.
Scott Minkoff, an associate professor of political science at SUNY-New Paltz and a scholar of New York State politics, observed that, if elected, Shrestha would be among the most progressive members of the Democratic-controlled State Legislature, and the first DSA member to represent an Upstate district, far from the Downstate liberal bastions of Brooklyn and Queens. “She would be a much more liberal figure than the district itself,” Minkoff told The Daily Catch.
On the Issues
On major issues, particularly how the state should address climate change, which Shrestha has made the central focus of her race, Sheehan said voters have a clear choice. “You can talk about climate change and this Green New Deal, but when people can’t pay for the fuel in their car and can’t heat their homes, we have a big issue,” Sheehan said. He is in favor of having market forces drive innovation in renewable technology, he said.
[Taken in part from : thedailycatch.org (click to read entire article)]
For State Supreme Court Justice — Tom Marcelle
I am running for New York State Supreme Court Justice because I possess the necessary and adequate experience, knowledge and compassion to serve and uphold the rule of law in the seven counties of Albany, Ulster, Rensselaer, Sullivan, Greene, Schoharie and Columbia that encompass the third Judicial District of New York.
I have spent my entire life as an Upstate New Yorker. It is where I, along with wife Elena, have raised our three amazing children (Daniel, Siena and Luke).
I continue to be a part of the surrounding communities and I have always successfully worked with everyone to solve issues regardless of political affiliation.
It would be my distinct honor to have your trust and support to sit on the New York State Supreme Court.
I humbly ask for your vote.
- City Court Judge (2016-Present)
- Argues and won a case in front of the United States Supreme Court
- Albany County Attorney (2012-2016)
- Counsel to Sheriff Craig Apple
- Trial Attorney, Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division
- Magna Cum Laude, Cornell Law School; Editor of the Law Review
- Endorsed y distinguished Appellate Judges: Judge Victoria Graffeo, Judge Michael Kavanagh, Judge Eugene “Gus” Devine, and Judge Bernard “Bud” Malone
- Mayor the City of Cohoes, William Keeler, stated:
- “Judge Marcelle has the right judicial temperament to do the job…In terms of intelligence, he’s one of the best legal minds the I’ve had the pleasure of dealing with. In terms of ethics and integrity and character, he’s got all of that. It should be a big loss for Cohoes if he gets this position, but our loss is the Supreme Court’s gain.” - The Troy Record June 2022
[taken from https://www.judgetommarcelle.com]
For more information, visit: https:/www/twitter.com/judgemarcelle
For United States Senate — Joe Pinion
Joe Pinion is an advocate, entrepreneur, and Political News Commentator. Throughout his life, Joe has witnessed both the power of opportunity and the pernicious impact of government driven neglect.
From the faces within his own family to the stories he has helped explore from behind a News Desk, Joe personally understands the realities confronting the everyday people that call New York home.
Joe, born and raised in Yonkers, NY by his mother and grandmother, graduated from Horace Mann High School. A Standout Student-Athlete, he was recruited to play football at Colgate University, where he was a 2 year Varsity Letter winner and a Member of the 2003 team that finished 15-1 and played in the I-AA National Championship.
As a Political News Commentator, Joe has appeared regularly on prominent news networks and talk shows and was most recently the host of his own show “Saturday Agenda” on Newsmax.
As a business professional, Joe has a wealth of experience in the private sector and non-profit space with nearly two decades of expertise in healthcare, media, and renewable energy.
At every stage of his professional life, Joe has effectively leveraged his talents to try and give a voice to the voiceless and to bring attention to issues that often fall through the cracks.
As director of youth development at the Morris Height Health Center located in the nation’s poorest congressional district in the Bronx, Joe helped integrate health services with community engagement to spearhead a bridge grant program designed to provide gap funding for children within the community to improve college accessibility.
As a national spokesman for RePublicEN and a fellow of the non-partisan group DeployUS, Joe has been a champion for real, non-governmental clean energy solutions.
And in his personal life, Joe has fought for community driven solutions to help end the ravages of poverty and despair that afflicts far too many Americans.
Like too many New Yorkers, Joe experienced first-hand the government failing at one of its most fundamental obligations to protect our most vulnerable when he lost his 100-year-old grandmother who died of COVID, alone in a nursing home.
Today, Joe is running for U.S. Senate because our state and our country are in trouble. For too long, career politicians like Chuck Schumer have failed the 99%, choosing instead to serve the political cronies and own self interests. In Chuck Schumer’s rise to power and fame as leader of the Senate, he left the rest of us behind choosing to serve as loyal leader of the extreme radicals in Washington rather than side with us.
It’s time we send regular people with an extraordinary vision to represent our shared values in Washington and look out for our best interests, not the special interests.
[Taken from nygop.org]
For more information, visit: https:/www/joepinion.com
For Congressman, District 19 — Marc Molinaro
Marc was first elected to public office at the age of 18 in 1994, serving on the Village of Tivoli Board of Trustees. In 1995, he became the youngest mayor in the United States. He was re-elected mayor five times and elected four times to the Dutchess County Legislature. In 2006, he brought his passion for public service to Albany when elected to represent the 103rd District in the New York State Assembly. Now, as County Executive, Marc serves as Second Vice President for the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC).
Marc has been an innovator in New York, establishing a holistic approach to dealing with residents’ health. By combining the former Department of Health and Department of Mental Hygiene and creating the Department of Behavioral and Community Health (DBCH), Marc focused on the community’s health as a whole-- taking into account every individual’s physical and mental health. This inclusive approach to providing the appropriate health care to Dutchess County has proven effective and continues to improve the lives of community members every day.
In the same spirit of inclusive care, Marc established “ThinkDIFFERENTLY” in 2015. This program is a call to action, a challenge for Dutchess County residents to look at the potential in their neighbors with special needs instead of dwelling on their differences. “ThinkDIFFERENTLY” asks individuals, businesses, communities and municipalities to break down barriers for residents with special needs. In 2016, Marc appointed Dutchess County’s Deputy Commissioner for Special Needs, the first such position in New York State. The Deputy Commissioner for Special Needs serves as an advocate for individuals and families with special needs and abilities, providing personalized support to everyone who needs it . Marc has also brought his “ThinkDIFFERENTLY” message statewide, holding forums across New York State to encourage other communities to embrace the initiative; more than 100 communities across New York State and even across the nation have since adopted “ThinkDIFFERENTLY” resolutions, showing their support for residents of all abilities.
Marc also works hard to protect our physical surroundings. He has been a leader on Open Space Protection and Farmland Preservation, an advocate to preserve the Hudson River Valley Greenway and a supporter of the Greenway Compact. In 2013, the New York State Senate appointed him to the Greenway Heritage Conservancy for the Hudson River Valley. In 2014, Marc was honored by the Pace University Land Use Law Center as the recipient of its Groundbreaker’s Award given to a graduate of the Center's Land Use Leadership Alliance (LULA) Training Program.
Another of Marc’s defining accomplishments is the development of Dutchess County’s revamped comprehensive criminal justice system. The innovative system is based on prevention, intervention, diversion and transition – a structure which can be a model for America. Dutchess County’s Mobile Crisis Intervention Team, crisis intervention training, evidence-based alternatives to incarceration, and an array of transitional programs have been successful and can be replicated by counties throughout the nation.
Marc has been active in numerous community and civic organizations. In 2010, he was honored with the VV Anderson Award for Community Service by the Anderson Center for Autism. In 2011, Astor Services for Children and Families presented him with the Louise Marillac Public Service Award in recognition of the work he has done on behalf of children and families in the community. In 2014, Marc received the Champion for Elder Rights and Safety Award from the Coalition on Elder Abuse in Dutchess County. In 2015, he was honored for outstanding leadership by the Mid-Hudson Chapter of the American Red Cross, and was named the Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the Boy Scouts of America, Hudson Valley Council. The New York State Rehabilitation Association honored Marc as the 2016 Public Official of the Year, and Taconic Resources for Independence recognized him for his successful “ThinkDIFFERENTLY” efforts at the organization’s 30th anniversary celebration. He was also honored with the 2017 Catherine Seeberger Citizenship Award by The Arc of Dutchess.
Molinaro is a graduate of Dutchess Community College, where he earned a Dutchess United Educators award, and the PACE Land Use Law Center Community Leadership Alliance. He has been recognized by the Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce and “Capitol” news publication as one of their first “Forty under Forty” leaders. The Albany Times Union cited him as one of Albany’s “True Reformers,” the Hudson Register Star recognized him as a “strong advocate,” and the Poughkeepsie Journal called Molinaro a “voice of reason." Hudson Valley Magazine readers have voted Molinaro “Best Politician” in the Hudson Valley region seven times.
County Executive Molinaro lives in Red Hook with his wife Corinne and children Abigail, Jack, Eli, and Theo.
For more information, visit: https://www.marcforus.com/press
Ulster County Executive — James (Jim) Quigley
Jim Quigley has spent 30-years managing finances and complex organizations and is known for his innovative approaches to solving municipal problems. He is CPA Certified (34-years) and was Supervisor of the Town of Ulster for twelve years. Jim is supremely qualified to manage Ulster County.
"I'm running for County Executive because I am uniquely qualified to solve the problems that confront county residents, and I understand the day-to-day responsibilities of running local government. This is my pledge to the residents of Ulster County. I'lll be Ready Day One to serve!" [Jim Quigley]
Jim Quigley on the issues:
Infrastructure—Jim Quigley understands that infrastructure is critical to the success of businesses and individuals. That includes brick and mortar issues like water, sewer, roads and bridges; and it also includes modern infrastructure elements like broadband and cellular service access for all county residents.
Inflation—The employment and supply chain impacts of the pandemic, and post pandemic state and federal policies are critical factors in the nation’s current economic turmoil. Now more than ever, we need smart, seasoned county leadership to offset the disfunction in Washington and Albany. Jim Quigley’s financial expertise and his experience in running local government operations are exactly what we need to ensure that county policies and spending practices work to relieve the impacts of our the national economy.
Crime—Jim Quigley knows that recent changes to the state’s bail laws have contributed to increases in crime in virtually all areas of New York State, including Ulster County. Jim will work with law enforcement, community leaders and state lawmakers to find practical solutions to correct this bail reform oversteer that has led to an historic increase in crime and violence.
Mental Health Services—Thousands of our family members, friends and neighbors struggle with the psychological impact of the pandemic and many face the challenges of pre-existing mental illnesses and addictions. As County Executive Jim Quigley will right this wrong and use the COVID-19 funds to help the people of Ulster County get the care they need.
Emergency Services—Every resident of Ulster County relies on the availability of effective ambulance, fire and police protection. As County Executive Jim Quigley will work with all stakeholders to find solutions to improve and sustain these irreplaceable functions. Cooperation will be the key to finding these solutions.
Environment—Jim Quigley is a leading voice in the region to support local renewable energy projects. And he knows that in order for energy supply to meet the continuing increases in demand we must implement realistic options to advance our environmental goals without undermining our existing economy.
Jobs and the Economy—As Town of Ulster Supervisor, Jim Quigley worked with public and private sector leaders to create jobs and opportunities within the Town of Ulster. Jim knows that business and government can and must work together to build a sustainable local economy.
Respecting the Property Tax Payer—As Town of Ulster Supervisor, Jim worked with both sides of the aisle to implement smart reforms and efficiencies in order to protect property tax dollars from being wasted within the town. He’ll do the same for Ulster County. As citizens, we have an obligation to pay our fair share in taxes, but that doesn’t mean elected leaders have the right to waste our tax dollars through mismanagement, incompetence or political reward.
Corruption—Since the day the Office of County Executive was created, it has been misused as a stepping stone for ambitious politicians to advance their personal goals. Those days will end with Jim Quigley as County Executive. Jim’s focus won’t be on what’s best for Jim’s career, his focus will be what’s best for the people of Ulster County. It’s the very same approach he has taken for last 12 years as Supervisor of the Town of Ulster.
[taken from quigleyforulster.com]
For more information, visit: https://quigleyforulster.com