Let's get acquainted.
A son of Freedom. A proven fighter.
Your next State Senator.
Austin knows that our district needs representation in the Albany majority to carry on Cathy Young's legacy and deliver for the people of our region.
Austin also believes that it is time for a new generation to lead NY toward a brighter future.
Austin was born and raised in Freedom, NY, where he lived in a single-wide trailer. His mother was a teacher aide, his father a shop mechanic, and his family has a proud history in agriculture and the dignity of working-class living. Austin believes that Albany would look and work better if it looked and worked more like the hard-working taxpayers that built, maintain, and are the future of NY.
The first-generation in his family to attend college, Austin attended Cornell University on full scholarship where he studied rural poverty and how it affects our children and seniors. With that expertise, Austin worked full-time in the State Senate in 2018 as a legislative analyst. While at Cornell, Austin also gained experience running a small business, as well as working with special needs students in education. After earning his degree in human development, and with a unique understanding of how Albany works (and doesn't work), he joined the race to fill the vacant seat left by Cathy Young.
Austin knows that only a Democrat will be able to deliver for our district, now that the State Senate is a 40-22 Democratic majority. While our Assemblymen in the minority passes just one bill in six months for a $110,000 taxpayer-funded paycheck, Austin will be able to pass legislation and secure our fair share of the budget like Cathy Young did when she was in the majority.
Austin believes that the rural counties that make up the 57th Senate district (Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, and part of Livingston) must elect someone committed to not only solving today's problems, but also creating and implementing a long-term vision for the future of our region. From caring for our children and seniors, to protecting our natural resources and rebuilding our infrastructure, and even tackling our stagnant economy, Austin knows that the same wealthy career politicians that have failed us for decades will not secure our brighter future.
Austin has been endorsed by the Public Employees Federation, the United Auto Workers, the Southwestern NY Building and Construction Trades Council, Run For Something, and the NYS Young Democrats Rural Caucus. Austin is proud to be an everyday man running for the everyday people of this district, with the experience and energy to fight for a future that works for all of us.