Blooming Grove Town Supervisor Frank Fornario Jr. has announced his candidacy for the new 99th New York State Assembly District which includes Blooming Grove, Chester, Cornwall, Goshen, Hamptonburgh, Highlands, New Windsor, Woodbury, and the town of Stony Point in Rockland County.
Fornario has given 19 years of service as a Blooming Grove Councilman, Orange County Legislator, and Town Supervisor of Blooming Grove. Some of his proudest accomplishments is helping to lead the fight against the Kiryas Joel pipeline project, sponsoring benefit programs for veterans, and supporting services to help seniors remain in their homes.
Frank’s father, Frank Fornario Sr., is a former longtime county legislator holding leadership positions within the GOP during his long career.
Frank and his wife, Pat, have been married for 37 years, were foster parents for nearly ten years, and have five adult daughters. He was involved in a wide variety of family-centered activities including being a 4-H group leader, town recreation commissioner, religious education instructor, and soccer coach.
The 99th is now a crowded field as Walden mayor Brian Maher, 21-year-old New Dawn PAC co-founder and reformist Colin Schmitt have also announced their candidacies on the Republican side. Incumbent Nancy Calhoun has not ruled out running for another term, although it’s been rumored she will retire.