I was born in Beacon to hard working parents who instilled a strong work ethic in me and my brothers, John and Eric. My father was a blue collar manufacturing worker who worked his way up to management. My mother cleaned homes. They led us to believe we could do anything if we worked hard.
I followed in my Dad’s footsteps and joined the Marines Corps after graduating from John Jay High School. Service was something Dad taught us was important. I went to boot camp in Parris Island, then travelled to Rota, Spain to serve in the Marine Corps Security Forces and finally to Camp Lejeune, NC, in the 2nd Marine Division 3rd Battalion 8th Marines.
Once Honorably Discharged, I wanted to serve in a civilian capacity. I began to pursue an education that would prepare me to run for District Attorney someday, starting at Dutchess Community College, then to Buffalo State College, and New Mexico State College on a National Student Exchange. In 2001, I graduated Law School from Pace University.
It was during this period that I made one of the best decisions of my life: to marry Susan Kando. While my time as a Marine taught me to fight for my principles, it was my relationship with Susan that taught me to do so with compassion. Thanks to her I am a better fighter for the things that are most important.
In 2000 I interned at the Dutchess County DA’s office and later became a Senior Assistant District Attorney. I enjoyed serving my community and fighting for justice. I went into private practice afterwards, working for firms like Sayegh, Cervone, MacKay; Berube and Lynch; Serino MacKay and Berube; and MacKay & Berube.
Having served in the DA’s office and then in private practice, I have come to respect our system of justice even more. My experiences have taught me the importance of fairness while seeking justice. Today I dedicate my life to this principle.