Woodbury Councilman James Skoufis has announced his candidacy for the newly proposed 99th Assembly District which is currently held by Assemblywoman Nancy Calhoun.
Skoufis, a Democrat, is serving his first term as a Councilman in the Town of Woodbury. He is also seeking the Independence and Working Families Party lines.
“Our current assemblywoman has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons: double dipping our state taxpayers, fighting local elected officials, and missing important votes,” Skoufis said.
“It’s time we had a representative who paid attention to the important issues facing our residents and small businesses: reforming the unjust property tax system, retaining and creating jobs, and keeping our children well-educated and our families safe.”
Last year, Skoufis voted against a tax cap override and successfully worked to keep an increase below the cap, a continuation of low-tax budgeting since being elected in 2009. And while protecting taxpayers, Skoufis and the Council have prevented even a single budget-related layoff during that time.
Skoufis describes himself as a leader in the fight against the Kiryas Joel Pipeline, attempts to annex Woodbury land into Kiryas Joel, and the expansion of the Harriman Sewer Treatment Plant for the benefit of Kiryas Joel and the Mountco Development on the former Camp LaGuardia Site.
The proposed 99th Assembly District includes the Towns of Blooming Grove, Chester, Cornwall, Goshen, Hamptonburgh, Highlands, New Windsor, Wawayanda, and Woodbury in Orange County and Stony Point in Rockland County.