Essex County supervisors pose June 25 with G.O.P. state Assembly candidate Dan Stec (front, second from left) in front of the county Municipal Center — soon after they officially granted him their endorsement in the elections later this year.
The race for the state’s 114th Assembly District heated up this week as G.O.P. candidate Dan Stec picked up another endorsement and Democrat Dennis Tarantino announced his candidacy for the post.
The Essex County Republican Supervisors made their second endorsement in as many weeks June 25, as they declared their support for Stec, who serves as Supervisor of the town of Queensbury and chairman of the Warren County Board of Supervisors.
“I am honored to receive this endorsement because it is from supervisors — people that I have worked with,” Stec said.
Stec continued that he was pleased with this endorsement because many of the supervisors had also worked with current assemblywoman Teresa Sayward when she was a member of the Essex County board as Supervisor of Willsboro.
“They have really been welcoming and I really feel like they know that I will work with the people in Essex County and for them,” Stec said. “I think that the endorsement I received from Sayward has been a big part of that.”
Several supervisors said that they felt Stec was the top choice for the party as well as the Assembly district.
“As a standing supervisor, he understands the difficult issues which face local and county governments,” North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi said. Politi serves as vice-chairman of the Essex County board. “He has always offered his knowledge and experience in a helpful way."
“Dan Stec will represent our district with integrity and has the extensive knowledge of the issues that communities within the Adirondacks face on a daily basis,” Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava said.
"I have been an early supporter of Dan because he is a strong conservative Republican who I also respect as a good family man,” Joyce Morency of St. Armand added.
Tarantino to run for post
Dennis J. Tarantino, a Glens Falls attorney, launched his campaign for the 114th Assembly District Monday, June 25 at a press conference held in Glens Falls.
“I am not and I do not intend to become a career politician,” Tarantino said. “I maintain the Labor Ready motto of work today — paid today,” citing a slogan of a temporary job placement enterprise. “ I have been working every day in the private sector all my life. I want to take that work ethic to Albany to produce results for my constituents in all parts of this great district.”
A native of Washington County, Tarantino is a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy, Siena College and Albany Law School. Tarantino is presently the owner of Maple Abstract & Realty Corp. and the sole proprietor of the Kenneally & Tarantino law firm.
“I have been blessed to be part of the Glens Falls community,” Tarantino said. “At this point in my life, I want to give something back to the community that has given me so much. I intend to use my experience and my professional skills to bring jobs, to retain jobs, and to encourage the growth of small business.”
Tarantino said he intends to adopt a platform featuring cooperation with Governor Cuomo’s “New York is Open for Business” campaign, as well as boosting funding of distressed school districts, examining the status of unfunded mandates and creating an open dialogue with all stakeholders in the district, starting with elected officials, small and large business owners, and individuals frustrated with the bureaucracy of state government.