Colin Schmitt announces campaign for the 99th Assembly District

Colin Schmitt announces campaign for the 99th Assembly District

New Windsor, NY -- (4/9/16) Colin J. Schmitt of New Windsor formally declared his candidacy for New York State Assembly in the 99th District today.

The room was packed at New Windsor American Legion Post 1796 as Colin addressed family, friends, community leaders and neighbors on his decision to run and the need to send a representative willing to fight for our Hudson Valley values to Albany. 

Schmitt a Republican, has already secured a majority of the GOP committee support, and will also be seeking to run on minor party lines.

Over the last several months Schmitt has explored the possibility of running. He hosted a series of meet-and-greet events titled “Coffee with Colin” in all ten towns of the 99th Assembly District. Over 200 residents attended these events. They were able to speak with Colin and shared with him the issues and concerns that matter to them most. 

Schmitt has also been running an aggressive grassroots door-to-door effort with his ‘Team Schmitt’ volunteers. He has hit doors in a majority of towns in the district already. Meeting the voters is coupled with Schmitt’s fundraising success. He is the top Republican Assembly Candidate fundraiser in the state for the most recent campaign finance filing. 

Colin Schmitt stated, “In Albany our community needs someone willing to lead from the front on the many concerns that my neighbors and I hold. Over the last several months I have had the honor to meet countless neighbors during my Coffee with Colin events or while out door-to-door campaigning. Fighting for Hudson Valley Families and our values is my top priority. 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.”

County Executive Steve Neuhaus who introduced and endorsed Colin at the event stated, “Colin Schmitt is the right person at the right time for the 99th Assembly District. 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. I can’t think of a better person to represent Orange County and the Hudson Valley than Colin. He will act as the voice we need in Albany to help, among other things, lower property taxes, bring our fair share of funding home for our schools and create good-paying jobs in this community. He has already committed to partnering with my office to curb systemic welfare abuse and successfully accomplish other top priorities for our community. 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.”

County Clerk Annie Rabbitt stated, “I have known Colin for many years. There is no one who will fight harder, worker longer hours or care more deeply than him. I am proud to support him and stand with him. You can rest assured Colin knows the issues and he knows how to get things done for us in Albany.“

At the event Assemblyman Karl Brabenec, New Windsor Supervisor George Green and Stony Point Supervisor Jim Monaghan all spoke in strong support of Colin and endorsed his campaign. 

The 99th Assembly District comprises ten towns spanning Orange and Rockland Counties. In Rockland the Town of Stony Point and in Orange the Towns of Blooming Grove, Chester, Cornwall, Goshen, Hamptonburgh, Highlands, New Windsor, Wawayanda and Woodbury. The State Assembly term is two years with the next election occurring November 8, 2016.

Colin J. Schmitt is a resident of New Windsor. He serves in the Army National Guard and previously served as Director of Operations for the NYS Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee. For more information