Don is a third generation native of Upstate New York, who serves as a municipal and environmental attorney. He currently lives in Cambridge, near his favorite trout stream.
Don’s grandfather came to America seeking opportunity and, without much, he bought a farm in Saratoga County, where he traded livestock for area dairy farms. Don’s upbringing was rooted in working outside, and early on he developed a passion for managing our natural resources.
Don earned a degree in Environmental Geography and Biology from Colgate University with high honors. His work focused on housing affordability in the Adirondacks and the economic impacts of invasive species in Upstate New York.
Determined to make an impact on federal policy, Don landed a job with former Congressman Mike McMahon (NY-13). He worked his way up to lead on agriculture, natural resources, and energy policy. It was there that Don recognized the impact that major corporations had on every type of federal policy, and became motivated to get results for people by holding big corporations accountable.
Don graduated from Cornell Law School with honors, with a focus on corporate accountability. He clerked at the US Attorney’s Office (NDNY), the NY Office of the Attorney General, and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Always close with his family, Don came to work at Dreyer Boyajian LLP, which represents local communities against corporate polluters, including communities affected by PCB contamination in the St. Lawrence and Hudson Rivers.
Don is running to represent New York’s 107th Assembly District to ensure that his community has a strong and effective voice in Albany.