Having failed to become elected Governor of New York or Senate Majority Leader after graduating from The George Washington University in May 2003, I decided to set my sights on other, non-elected, forms of public service. I consider any form of service to your community, be it local or national in scope, to be the noblest activity one can perform.
Having served as an intern for three years in the Washington, D.C. office of Governor George Pataki during my undergraduate years at GW, I was proud to join his administration full time in 2003. Focusing on critical issues affecting New York such as agricultural needs in the Upstate and Eastern Long Island region, and criminal justice and homeland security, I was thrilled to cut my Washington, D.C. teeth by working with Members of Congress and the federal administration to further the Governor’s agenda for the State.
Fast forward to January 2005: having just finished some volunteer political work the previous fall, I decided to make a move to the private sector. An opportunity arose at a small firm called G&H International Services, then only a 10 member operation. The work combined my interests in public service and policy by allowing me to work towards a greater goal (developing policies and programs that will keep America safe) and to work directly with the people who will implement the programs: first responders and community leaders.
Having gained experience in issue areas such as interoperable communications and homeland security training for rural responders, I continue to work every day to ensure that we are meeting the needs of those people we serve.
Originally hailing from Lake Ronkonkoma, on Long Island, NY, I consider myself an avid hobbyist in the area of Greek and Near East antiquity. I consider a pitcher of beer and conversation with good friends in a dive bar to be my “style.” Living by the credo “Nothing’s a problem unless you make it problem,” I hope to someday own a Scottish terrier who will be named after Dirk Kempthorne, former Governor of Idaho, and most recently Secretary of the Interior. I also pride myself on my ability to drive in reverse in my car.