On a personal note: I have made a decision not to continue my campaign for NY Senate in the 43rd District. I never had aspirations for higher office, but with the support and encouragement I received from residents across the district I tried to convince myself this was the next step for me. I hoped to be a voice for moderate voters who had felt they needed a stronger voice in New York. However after exploring this opportunity I’m drawn back to the goal I have always set for myself and my kids which is “find a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life.” I LOVE MY JOB and I can best serve my community as I always have in the Sheriff’s Office in Albany County. I deeply apologize to the Unions who supported me, Committee members and volunteers who carried petitions in the hot weather, as well as our Chairman Jake Crawford who tried tirelessly to have me reconsider how I can best serve the community. But this is the right decision for me. On a county level we have tackled many problems facing our state, and I thought I could make a difference up the street. I’m not so sure I could have as much of an impact on improving our community there as I already do each day. As your sheriff we have a proven track record of protecting the vulnerable, helping the addicted, helping those with mental illness, protecting our schools, creating first of its kind programs, and certainly approaching things with common sense. I have proven that law enforcement can be compassionate and kind and still maintain law and order. So with that said, I look forward to protecting you and keeping you safe as long as you will have me. Take care and be safe. PS. I will not be endorsing a candidate in this race.