Colin Schmitt is a lifelong New Yorker who has dedicated himself to public service.
Born on Staten Island, Colin's family relocated to Orange County before he could even walk. Colin's father is a Fire Department of New York (FDNY) Lieutenant and his mother is a drug and alcohol abuse counselor.
Colin is a graduate of Valley Central High School, where he served as student representative to the board of education. After high school, Colin put himself through college utilizing a combination of jobs, scholarships and student loans to earn a degree in Politics with a minor in Theology and Religious Studies from The Catholic University of America, Pi Gamma Mu honors.
While still in high school, Colin joined the staff of Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt--beginning as volunteer, then becoming an intern and eventually the youngest aide at the time to ever be hired by the New York State Assembly.
As a college student, Colin founded and chaired a nonpartisan government reform political action committee (New Dawn NY) that promoted ethics reform, budget reform and job creation. Through New Dawn NY, Colin successfully created the grassroots "Stop NY Double Dip" campaign that garnered local, statewide, and national media attention.
After college, Colin joined the staff of Senator Greg Ball, serving as Director of Operations for the NYS Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee.
In 2015, Colin was honored by the Lymphatic Education and Research Network and “Connor’s Spartans” for his work as a State Senate staff member on behalf of the lymphatic disease community.
Colin is a member of the Army National Guard. He completed Army Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, GA and graduated AIT as distinguished honor graduate as a 92A (Automated logistics supply specialist) from Fort Lee, VA. Colin frequently notes being a member of the Army as the greatest achievement of his life.
Colin is a member of numerous community, civic and fraternal organizations including American Legion Post 1976, AMVETS Post 2015, Association of United States Army West Point Chapter, Knights of Columbus Rev. Richard Joyce Council, Black Rock Fish and Game Club, New York State Rifle and Pistol Association and the NRA. He is a parishioner of St. Mary’s Washingtonville. He previously served as a member of the board of directors for the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Council of Orange County.
Colin is an alumnus of Empire State American Legion Boys State and proudly represented New York at American Legion Boys Nation. Colin regularly supports the Boys State program, including an annual keynote address to the new class of Staters.
Colin and his family enjoy spending time outdoors, particularly in the Hudson Valley's beautiful state parks.