111th ASSEMBLY DISTRICT -- Rotterdam resident and attorney Paul DeLorenzo announced his bid for state Assembly on Thursday, stating that he would oppose bail reform, secure funding for underprivileged families and lower taxes for residents of the Great Sacandaga Lake area.
“As an attorney working alongside my father for the last few decades, I know firsthand the challenges that many in our community face,” said DeLorenzo in a prepared statement. "Being our advocate in Albany is more than just talking about what’s politically expedient, it’s about standing up for the people in our community when doing so may not be popular.”
He is running against incumbent Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, who has represented the district since 2013. Santabarbara earlier this year said he plans to continue to speak out against some progressive legislation pushed through the Legislature by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, including the Green Light Law, which allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses, and the bail reform law.
DeLorenzo plans to run on the Republican and Conservative lines for the June 23 primary.
The Sienna College and Pace University graduate has worked for the last two decades in Schenectady at DeLorenzo, Grasso & Dalmata, a law practice which his late father, Thomas DeLorenzo, founded.
“My father was well-known for his tenacity and work ethic, traits that he passed down to his children. I know these traits will help me represent you and your interests in the state Assembly,” said DeLorenzo.
His top priority while in office would be to roll back the state’s bail reform measures. Over the last few weeks, he has been vocal on social media about his opposition, posting: “Governor Cuomo and state Democrats proudly championed bail reform. They called it an ‘accomplishment.’ Releasing 400 criminals onto the streets, allowing them the opportunity to recommit their crimes, while compromising our pubic safety isn't an accomplishment. It's dangerous and shameful.”
Delorenzo said he would work to secure aid for after-school programs and ensure that senior citizens have access to the medical services they require.
The 111th Assembly District was created in 2012 and comprises Montgomery County and parts of Schenectady and Albany counties. The district has 30,195 registered Democrats and 21,554 Republicans, as well as 20,195 active voters who are not registered in any political party, according to the Board of Elections.
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