A lawyer from Glens Falls is ready to talk about his bid for New York's new 114th Assembly District.
Dennis Tarantino, who described himself as a "self-employed professional and businessman," will launch his campaign at 1 p.m. Monday at the Crandall Library near Glens Falls City Park. He'll face Republican Dan Stec, supervisor of the town of Queensbury, as the two vie to replace Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, R-Willsboro, who will retire at year's end to spend more time with family.
Democratic Party leaders from Essex and Warren counties confirmed Tarantino's candidacy last week, but a press release issued Thursday afternoon was the first time Tarantino himself discussed the race.
"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 ran against Sayward in 2004, but lost. He was also among nearly 30 people who wanted to run for New York's 20th Congressional District in 2009 after Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand was appointed to the U.S. Senate.
Tarantino graduated from St. Mary's Academy, Siena College and Albany Law School. He is owner of Maple Abstract and Realty Corporation and sole proprietor of the Kenneally and Tarantino law firm, both of which are located in Glens Falls.
The Democrat said he wants to engage with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "New York is Open for Business" plan, improve funding for local school districts, examine unfunded mandates and engage in an open dialogue with local elected officials, business owners and other who are frustrated with state government.
"Over the years, my professional experience has brought me in contact with 48 of New York's 107 state agencies," Tarantino said. "Those experiences, together with my people skills and my judgment will bring people to work together to create employment opportunities in all parts of the District and to turn the local economy around. This approach requires an advocate who will zealously represent the needs of the District in a nonpartisan manner."
Tarantino said he doesn't want to become a career politician.
"I have been working every day in the private sector all my life," he said. "I want to take that work ethic to Albany to produce results for my constituents in all parts of this great District."
Stec told the Enterprise recently that he welcomes Tarantino's candidacy and looks forward to a healthy debate of the issues.