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Anthony Brindisi has been an outspoken advocate for public schools throughout his career. He’s a political reformer who was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the five “Young Guns” in the NY State Assembly.
Brindisi is also known as a tireless supporter of the Upstate New York community that he represents. An independent voice, Brindisi doesn’t care what your party line is, he has a proven record working with anyone, at any time, to get things done and bring positive change and new jobs to his community.
In the Assembly, Brindisi led and was victorious in his fights to increase educational funding to lower income school districts in the state, bolster apprenticeship programs, increase job training, and bring high tech manufacturing and economic development to the Mohawk Valley region.
Brindisi, thirty-eight years old, was born and raised in Utica where he resides with his wife and high school sweetheart Erica McGovern Brindisi, a biology professor at Mohawk Valley Community College, and their two young children, Anthony, Jr. and Lily Grace.
Brindisi’s father, Louis, was also born and raised in Utica, studied law and met Anthony’s mother, Jacqueline, at a Polish Community Center’s social function in Albany, New York. Louis and Jacqueline married in 1960 and moved back to Utica, New York to make their home and, ultimately, raise their 5 children.
Tragedy struck four-year-old Brindisi when his mother died at the age of 45, after a long and arduous struggle with lung and brain cancer. Brindisi’s older sisters, Mary, Roseanne, and Eva were instrumental in helping to raise Anthony in his mother’s absence. Throughout his youth, Brindisi’s sisters instilled in him the values of integrity and the importance of caring for others. Brindisi also enjoys a close relationship with his two brothers, Andrew and Louis Thomas.
While attending Notre Dame High School, Brindisi worked at McDonalds. He attended Mohawk Valley Community College before graduating from Siena College and Albany Law School.
After his first child was born, Brindisi ran for the Utica School board. He helped champion a major school modernization project to renovate and improve most of Utica’s outdated school buildings.
In 2009, Brindisi was instrumental in initiating a lawsuit against New York for failing to meet the state constitution’s fair funding requirement for local public schools.
Elected to the Assembly 2011, Brindisi earned a reputation for principled bipartisanship and has become a voice for seniors, veterans, nurses, teachers, children and public school funding.
Recognizing the need to close the middle skills job gap and better prepare students for high-wage, high-skill careers, Brindisi authored and passed his “21st Century Education Initiative” to create a diploma pathway for high school students.
In an age of hyper-partisanship, Brindisi has been able to help turn state deficits into surpluses, deliver middle-class tax cuts, invest in infrastructure, and protect defense installations in the state from closure.
I believe bipartisanship is the key to finding solutions that can make a difference for our families and community.
I also believe in an economy that rewards hard work. We need to create private-sector jobs, to invest in our local economy with tax breaks for the working and middle class, and ensure that our local workforce is ready to fill new jobs. We must invest in education and infrastructure to attract new businesses, while using apprenticeship programs to train those who will rebuild our manufacturing base and pay them living wages.
I want to expand access to job training and education programs by building on my successful state effort to create a CTE diploma pathway for students to help prepare students for the jobs that are available today in the trades and advanced manufacturing.
I have fought at the state level for adequate and equitable funding of public schools so that all children receive a sound basic education. In Congress, I’ll oppose efforts to privatize our schools and cut vital programs that assist students with special needs.
I will fight back against irresponsible and mean health care policies that would kick millions of people off their healthcare, and hurt families, women, seniors and individuals with disabilities. We need to fix our health care system, not tear it apart. And it’s critical that we expand access to opioid treatment resources and affordable health insurance in underserved communities.
Some in Washington want to privatize Social Security and Medicare, putting millions of Americans' retirements at risk in the stock market, while Wall Street would reap the profits. I strongly oppose any effort to privatize Medicare and Social Security, and will fight all attempts to privatize or voucher these critical programs that seniors rely upon.
My opponent, Congresswoman Claudia Tenney, and I couldn’t be more different. Rep. Tenney has not been independent and is not motivated by doing what’s best for her constituents; rather, she has been marching in lockstep with the hard right on critical issues that affect all of our lives.
Not only was Rep. Tenney one of the biggest supporters in Congress for the ill-conceived healthcare plan, but she took a party bus to the White House after the vote to celebrate a cruel plan that raises premiums on families, guts protections for pre-existing conditions and would kick tens of thousands of Update New Yorkers off their healthcare. Her healthcare plan even raises taxes on veterans who choose not to receive their healthcare from an overburdened VA.
Furthermore, Rep. Tenney supports more tax breaks for corporations that keep jobs overseas and for the wealthiest people in America, while I believe tax breaks should go to hardworking middle-class families and small businesses.
I believe in a woman’s right to choose and to make decisions about her own health care. Rep. Tenney believes in neither—she voted to defund Planned Parenthood, which provides vital health care services to women and families.
Congresswoman Tenney has consistently refused to participate in town halls or to even listen to the scores of constituents who want their voices heard on important issues. In Congress, I will listen and represent all of my constituents, not just the wealthy chosen few, and will fight with passion and with every ounce of energy I have to provide principled and bipartisan service to our families and communities.