NEW WINDSOR – 25-year-old Colin Schmitt formally declared his candidacy for New York State Assembly in the 99th District Saturday before a crowd of family, friends and community leaders at New Windsor American Legion Post 1796.
“Fighting for Hudson Valley families and our values is my top priority,” said Schmitt, a Republican, who has already secured substantial GOP committee support. “I will work tirelessly to deliver our fair share from Albany to lower property taxes, invest in our schools and create jobs in our community. I will stand up for our students to stop common core and return control of our children’s education to local parents. In the State Assembly, I will lead the fight against systemic welfare abuse and property annexations and defend our natural resources by opposing the KJ pipeline. I also believe in term limits and will fight for the accountable, honest government we deserve. With great motivation to serve I am proud to formally announce and kick-off my campaign. I look forward to earning the support of my neighbors so I can represent them in Albany.”
While considering a run over the last several months, Schmitt hosted a series of meet-and-greets titled “Coffee with Colin” in all ten towns of the 99th Assembly District, which spans Orange (Blooming Grove, Chester, Cornwall, Goshen, Hamptonburgh, Highlands, New Windsor, Wawayanda and Woodbury) and Rockland (Stony Point) Counties. The State Assembly term is two years; the next election is scheduled for November 8.
“Colin Schmitt is the right person at the right time for the 99th Assembly District.,” said Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus. “He has answered the call to serve his country in the military and has also represented us with honor and integrity as a public servant. Not only do I support Colin, but I will do all in my ability to ensure he is elected and I encourage my fellow Orange County residents to vote for Colin this November.”
“I have known Colin for many years, and there is no one who will fight harder, worker longer hours or care more deeply than him,” said County Clerk Annie Rabbitt. “You can rest assured Colin knows the issues and he knows how to get things done for us in Albany.“
“He’s gonna win with or without us, because he has that kind of drive,” added New Windsor Supervisor George Green. “And there is no question in my mind that he is going to be our next assemblymen for the 99th Assembly District.”
“Running for office, the highlight and the pinnacle shouldn’t be raising your right hand on Inauguration Day,” summed up Schmitt, who serves in the Army National Guard and previously acted as director of operations for the NYS Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee. “The pinnacle should be that day when you have reached your ability to help the most people in your community by achieving the most good. That is what public service is about, that is what serving in any elected office is supposed to be about, and it will about in a Schmitt office. And I guarantee you – all of you in this room and to all of my neighbors across this district – that that’s what we’ll bring back to Albany, and we’ll fight every day to ensure that it maintains and grows that transparency and honesty in government.”
For more information visit www.ColinSchmitt.com.