As a candidate for public office, I want to clarify something that happened to me nearly 25 years ago. I write this to address the rumors which have been spread during this political campaign season.
Another young man had threatened to assault my father. As a means of retaliation, I took possession of a piece of equipment worth between $500—$1,000 for which that person was responsible. I pled guilty to a misdemeanor for possessing it and paid a $250 fine.
It was an embarrassing incident about which I am certainly not proud. I have successfully owned and operated a construction company, been a volunteer fireman, contributed to community activities and have been a licensed security officer in New York and Tennessee.
This incident in my younger days should not be made a distraction during my campaign for Saugerties Highway Superintendent. What is relevant is whether I can run the Highway Department efficiently and save taxpayer money. I know I can.