New Leadership Delivering Your Voice to Albany
I was born in Strong Memorial Hospital and raised in Fairport, New York. I graduated from Fairport High School in 2000. I attended the Rochester Institute of Technology for two years as a film major. I then moved to Orlando, Florida where I worked in the film industry. Upon moving back to New York, I began teaching guitar at The Music Store in Webster and attending St. John Fisher College pursuing a degree in management and finance. I graduated from St. John Fisher in 2007 and began working in the trading department of a local securities company. In 2008, being a first hand witness to the collapse of the financial markets, I decided to apply to law school so I would be in a better position to help prevent another 2008.
I attended Touro Law School in Long Island. Law school allowed me to fuse two areas about which I am most passionate, business and law. During law school I began to intern at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York where I drafted opinions for the district court judges on a multitude of cases, focusing heavily on civil rights cases for self-represented litigants. I graduated from law school in 2011 Magna Cum Laude and continued to work in the district court. While studying for the New York Bar Exam, I met my future wife, Carolyn, who had just finished her first year of medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical School in Brooklyn.
The legal market took a long time to recover from the Great Recession and during that time I decided to obtain an LLM from Boston University. Carolyn was accepted into the University of Rochester’s Neurology Residency Program in the spring of 2014. She graduated from medical school and I graduated with an LLM in Taxation. We moved up to Rochester, her from Brooklyn, me from Boston, and were married a few days later and four days after that, she began her residency. In late 2014, we moved to Henrietta.
After a few years at various law firms, I settled at Boylan Code LLP where I currently work as a corporate and tax attorney and head of the cannabis practice group. In that role, I work with startup and small companies helping them navigate legal requirements and tax planning. As the head of the cannabis practice group, I have been on the forefront of cannabis legislation in New York, working with the legislature on the tax portions of the law.
In my free time, I spend as much time as I can with my wife and our dog, Ruby. I also sit on the board of two local non-profit organizations and volunteer time at two local incubators.
I'm running for the State Senate because I looked around and realized we haven't had a CHOICE in our State Senator in over a decade and it's time for voters to have a choice and residents a voice in Albany. I look forward to meeting you and talking with you about our vision for a strong State Senate District 59.