Putnam Valley lawyer Andrew Falk, who unsuccessfully ran against Assemblyman Steve Katz (R-Yorktown) in 2012, has announced he will seek a re-match for the New York State Assembly’s 94th District seat.
"I've been out in community talking every day with families and small-business owners and I keep hearing the same thing: people serving in government aren’t listening," Falk said in a statement.
Falk, a Democrat, is running against Katz, who was ticketed for being in possession of marijuana and speeding in March, 2013.
The New York State Assembly’s 94th District includes the Putnam and Westchester county communities of Carmel, Patterson, Putnam Valley, Somers, Southeast and Yorktown.
"We need good jobs," Falk said in a statement. "We need lower taxes. We need more opportunities so our children and grandchildren can stay here and raise their families. There is a disconnect between what Westchester and Putnam families care about and what the politicians are focused on. I want to bridge that gap and be their strong voice in Albany working for them."
Falk, his wife Amy and their two boys live in Patterson. Falk started his own law practice six years ago in Patterson and now has a storefront law office in Brewster. Amy Falk is a social studies teacher at Irvington High School.
Below is the rest of Falk's statement:
Andrew Falk’s campaign will focus on the needs of the middle class:
- Real tax relief that doesn’t just shift the burden or pass the buck, by fully funding all new legislation at the state level so local taxes don’t increase, eliminating regional taxes like the MTA tax, and securing more state funding for our schools to help keep property taxes down;
- Encourage job growth by helping businesses expand. Falk proposes a 15% state tax credit for every new employee to help businesses offset the risks they take in expanding their workforce;
- Sustainable economic growth. We have top-notch colleges and universities nearby that are producing brilliant, hardworking young adults ready to help society. Making sure there is a strong partnership between higher education institutions and local businesses will be one of Falk’s top priorities.
"Tax relief, jobs and economic growth are the issues that need to be addressed by our elected officials to strengthen the middle class again,” Falk said. “Our middle class needs someone ready to roll up their sleeves and fight for them every day. That’s the message of my campaign and that’s what I’ll be talking to voters about over the next 10 months.”
Falk noted that he already has strong community support and an early endorsement from the Building and Construction Trades Council of Westchester and Putnam counties.
"The Building and Construction Trades Council of Westchester and Putnam Counties is proud to support Andrew’s candidacy because of his commitment to job creation and Project Labor Agreements in Westchester and Putnam Counties,” said Ed Doyle, president of Building and Construction Trades Council of Westchester and Putnam counties. “Andrew knows that the working men and women of the building and construction trades are the backbone of the middle class and Andrew is ready, willing and able to communicate that message on the campaign trail.”
To learn more about Andrew Falk’s candidacy for State Assembly, visit http://www.falk4ny.com.