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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is a proud New York Democrat. She is running a grassroots campaign to fix our economy and improve life for the middle class and working families across New York. Kirsten remains committed to bringing her grassroots campaign to every New Yorker and working tirelessly on behalf of the Empire State.
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Throughout his life, Andrew Cuomo has been a forceful voice for change in New York. His lifelong commitment to hard work, public service, and the people he serves has led to Andrew's recognition as a true innovator and a principled and determined leader.
Former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul enthusiastically accepted Governor Cuomo’s call to return to public service by running as his choice for Lt. Governor. She is currently traveling across New York, listening to the concerns of citizens, elected officials, small business owners and farmers. Once elected, Kathy plans to focus her attention on continuing the success of the Governor and work with the Regional Economic Development Councils to attract and retain business to create much-needed jobs, and address the skills gap to ensure our citizens, particularly in pockets of poverty, have access to the higher-paying jobs.
On February 7, 2007, Thomas P. DiNapoli was sworn in as the 54th Comptroller of the State of New York. Since taking office, Tom has fought to protect taxpayers -- aggressively identifying government waste, holding public and private institutions accountable, and working to restore the public’s trust in the Comptroller’s office.
Brian Burns lives in Coram, NY with his partner Joey of 11 years and his 10 year-old shorkie named Cody. Brian has lived on Long Island for most of his 29 years and has a strong family and friends network that supports him. He loves living on Long island because it is such a unique and special place in the country. He has worked in several different organizations throughout the island in the private-sector. He has several years of experience working in human resources, the education field and various retail establishments as well. Through the skills and talents Brian brings to the table, he has a unique perspective on society, culture and politics. Brian believes that if you work hard, educate and enrich yourself in everything that life has to offer, that you should be able to chart your journey in a dynamic and sustainable way. Also, he believes in supporting others goals, finding the good in other people and harnessing those qualities to make everyone's life more enjoyable.
Jim Gaughran’s decades of experience as a public official and as an attorney makes him uniquely qualified to take on the special interests in Albany as the next State Senator from the 5th District.
Amy Fortunato bio:
Whether it’s business experience as a project manager at Citibank or church leadership or community organizing towards ‘Smart Growth’ in the Town of Smithtown, Amy Fortunato understands the importance of personal outreach and has demonstrated her willingness to work to identify and address the needs of others in the corporate world and our local community.
After business school and her work experience in the financial industry, Amy chose to utilize her skills through ethical business practices within the banking community to further enhance morale and team involvement. She facilitated the advancements of disadvantaged youth and led efforts to assist others in finding their own paths to opportunities and careers.
Amy has been married to her husband Joe for 27 years and they have lived in Smithtown for decades, where they raised their children.
Amy Fortunato continues to reach out to address issues of concern, whether it is door to door in her neighborhood or publicly taking these issues to the Town Board of Smithtown.
She and the SMITHTOWNFORWARD team are prepared to transform our local town government. Amy will work as a member of the Town Board to identify and focus her attention towards practical results for the citizens of Smithtown as she continues to reach out to our community.