As a son of a B-17 pilot in World War II and stay at home mom with four brothers and sisters, Brian McGarry was instilled with core values centered around family, religion, hard work, the importance of education, and how public service can have a positive impact on your community. Brian McGarry, a life-long resident of Rotterdam, and his wife, Patty, continue to live by these values and have passed them along to their six children. Our children and families deserve a corruption-free government where the focus is on providing a quality education, good jobs, and a place where you can stay in your home, raise a family and retire without financial concerns. Brian’s plan is below:
Everyone Knows Albany Needs Reform
For years, Albany and the state legislature have been plagued with dishonest and corrupt politicians – from covering-up numerous sexual harassment scandals, to politicians taking bribes because of their positions, and legislators failing to speak out against status-quo leadership. Every time we turn around, there is another legislator being indicted or investigated for fraudulent actions and nefarious activities. Where are the integrity, honesty, and accountability that should be at the forefront of public service when representing the public? We must restore the public’s trust in government. Brian will hold politicians accountable for their indiscretions by restoring public trust, integrity, and accountability in state government.
Providing a Quality Education
The father of six children, Brian McGarry knows that our children’s education comes first. One of Brian’s greatest accomplishments and joys was his 24 years at Duanesburg Schools where he loved to teach a diverse student body while developing individual growth in literacy, math, science and social studies for students at different learning levels. He knows firsthand that our schools upstate deserve their fair share of education funding, the stress caused by the Common Core Learning Standards, and the impact these standards leave on the quality of our children’s education and methods for teachers to actually teach their students.
A More Affordable New York
Albany’s high taxes, burdensome mandates and regulations have made New York State one of the least business-friendly states in the country. In fact, over the last 10 years, New York has experienced a mass exodus of residents to the tune of roughly one million people!
Raising a big family, Brian McGarry understands the financial stresses experienced by New Yorkers and what it is like to make ends meet.
Families are constantly being hit with prices at the pump, grocery bills, utility bills, property-taxes, and the costs of putting kids through college.
The impact of the state’s tax policies has had its greatest effect on New York’s shrinking middle-class, forcing families to relocate elsewhere in search of greater opportunities.
These disastrous policies have not only made it more difficult for local businesses to grow and create jobs, but they have also limited the opportunities of middle-class families. Raising six kids, Brian McGarry knows how important it is to raise a family and give them all the opportunities possible to be successful and the choice to raise their own families here in New York State, not other states.
To create greater economic opportunities for our families, communities and businesses, Brian McGarry is supporting a comprehensive plan that seeks to radically alter the state’s woeful business climate and foster serious job growth, providing families with the opportunities they need to succeed and stay in New York.
Protecting the Second Amendment
The NY SAFE Act was expedited through a “message of necessity” and passed in the middle of the night with little debate or public and professional input. Brian McGarry firmly believes that this law is a symbol for everything that is wrong with the current state government and that politicians in New York were too swift to trample on the rights of law-abiding firearm owners, point the finger and implement restrictive laws that fail to address public safety, while at the same time infringing on our constitutional rights – politics trumped common sense.
The law also had a negative impact on the shooting, hunting, and outdoor industries that are an important part of our local economy, costing the region jobs and opportunities for local growth.
As a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association (NYSRPA), and member of Guan Ho Ha Rod and Gun Club, Brian McGarry knows that firearm safety and protection, and safeguarding our constitutional rights, are vital. As your assemblyman, he will do the same, and will work to repeal the NY SAFE Act and fight any additional measures that would further seek to erode New Yorkers’ Second Amendment Rights.