Chris was born in Samaritan Hospital in Troy, NY right here in Senate District 44. His parents were separated and eventually divorced at just the age of two years old after the birth of his sister. He grew up with a single mother who worked hard to provide what she could, though he grew up in public housing and experienced “the system” from a young age. He enjoyed spending weekends with his father in South Troy, while living in Cohoes with his mother during the week. He learned the value of life and working tirelessly for others from his late Italian grandmother, Domenica Palma Falato, his desire to make a life for himself from his mother and his drive to succeed from his father.
He saw struggle in his life, his hometown and in the district as a whole from an early age. While he hoped the situation would improve, he noticed it seemed to get worse and worse as the years passed. He decided education was his ticket out, and became involved with the community during his teenage years. Service was important to him, as was academic achievement.
After graduating with the highest honors from Cohoes High School he went to Siena College in Loudonville, where he majored in biology and studied extensively history, philosophy and economics. During his time at Siena College, Chris worked two jobs in the customer service/restaurant business to help pay for the cost of college, which he noticed increased every semester. During college, and in the fast paced service industry, he learned how to work under the highest levels of stress and his leadership qualities emerged. He quickly ascended to managerial roles and positions of responsibility.
With a desire to serve the public he went to the University at Albany to pursue a degree in public health. During his first year at the University he joined the New York State Department of Health and began working in the field of government. He graduated as valedictorian of his class with a Master’s Degree in Public Health. He then spent the next five years studying for his doctorate in infectious disease medical epidemiology, while working in various roles at the Department of Health.
While completing his doctorate he ultimately ascended to the role of policy coordinator at the Department of Health under the Deputy Commissioner of Public Health and the Commissioner of Health in the Cuomo administration. In this capacity he saw first-hand the regulatory process and the impacts of both well thought out and poorly designed legislation. What he further noticed was the unintended side effects of bad legislation on individuals, businesses and the state as a whole. He left this role in late 2014 and he currently is employed in the private sector with Health Research Incorporated and works in the Department of Health’s Office of Public Health Practice. He predominately works with Local Health Departments and hospitals to prevent illness and improve the health of New Yorkers as a whole.
Chris is married with three children and currently resides in Cohoes, NY. He also runs a small business where he consults with publicly traded companies to conduct fiscal and statistical analysis, assesses the economics of various industries, and is a regular contributor to major financial media outlets. In this capacity he has witnessed how difficult the current regulatory climate is for starting and running a business. It is truly more difficult than ever before. That is wrong.
Chris became involved politically while in college working with the Young Americans for Liberty as well as the national Campaign for Liberty. He took a large step into the arena in 2011 when he began working on Ron Paul’s Presidential campaign. He travelled to New Hampshire to work on the campaign, including conducting phone banking, door to door campaigning and working social media. Chris also worked with Gary Johnson and his campaign after Ron Paul left the 2012 Republican race.
Chris is a strong believer in the U.S. Constitution, the principles of social and economic liberty as well as the need for educating youth in both history and economics. Locally, he has served as an election inspector for Albany County for years. One of the major drivers of his decision to run for office was voters expressing their disdain for the complete lack of choice in the elections. It is no surprise to those in the Capitol Region and his hometown of Cohoes that Democrats were generally running unopposed on nearly every office line, and voters were more than disappointed. That is not democracy. That is not choice. The people deserve to choose. A prime example of the lack of choice is evident in Senate District 44. No one has run against the incumbent Neil Breslin in the last two election cycles. That is wrong.
He decided to run for State Senate in 2016 after voters asked for change, after long discussions with his family, personal reflection and ultimately a desire for a better world for his children and grandchildren to inherit. He knows the history and the economics behind working policies and those that fail to generate growth and prosperity. He vows to take a stand against party politics, corruption, unneeded taxation and over burdensome regulation. He knows that good ideas can come from anyone, no matter what walk of life the come from. Ultimately, we were born free and as such, we deserve to live free. As a society, we need to ensure the playing field incentivizes the individual to have the drive to succeed and provide for his/her family. He is not running for anyone but YOU and the people of this district. The small businesses. The single mothers. The family of 5 who barely have time to eat together because both parents work. For the people saving for retirement, their children’s college education or their first home. He wants to be sure you can do these things and still enjoy your life. It’s yours to live. The current incumbent does not do that and his policies have supported a government who picks winners and losers. Not policies that incentivize you. But Chris believes in YOU. He believes in a better New York State. He is running for you. Because YOU deserve better.