Don is a third generation native of Upstate New York. In the early 20th century, his family came to Troy, New York, during the Armenian genocide. Don completed middle school and high school at LaSalle Institute in Troy. He later graduated from Colgate University (B.A. with High Honors in Environmental Geography) and Cornell Law School (J.D. with honors). Don served clerkships in the US Attorney’s Office (NDNY), NYS Environmental Protection Bureau, and was a legislative aide to Congressman Michael E. McMahon. Don is an environmental and municipal attorney, who has dedicated his life to advocating for communities in Upstate New York, whether through ensuring access to clean water, providing real solutions for municipalities facing the opioid epidemic, or fighting for working people in the civil justice system. Don lives in Cambridge, New York, where he spends his free time playing bluegrass and fishing the Hoosic, Walloomsac, and Battenkill Rivers.
Revitalizing Our Economy
Don is fed up with politicians who talk about investing in our local economy but don’t get results. Don is confident that we can revitalize our region, if we have an effective voice in the Capitol. We must incentivize small business growth by cutting red tape and regulations, making it easier to access capital, and supporting programs that invest in innovation. Don will put a stop to the handouts for the ultra-wealthy, and instead give middle class families the tools they need to succeed: access to affordable childcare, paid family leave, and a living wage.
We need real solutions – not just talking points.