Deerpark Supervisor Karl A. Brabenec has officially kicked off his campaign for the New York State Assembly. He seeks the District 98 seat vacated by Annie Rabbitt when she became Orange County clerk.

“I am determined to fight as hard as I can, in every way I can, to make the commonsense reforms that will move New York in the right direction,” Brabenec said. “The principles that made us the Empire State have not lost their meaning. They never will, and together we can put our state back on top, where it belongs.”

Former Rep. Nan Hayworth and Greenwood Lake Mayor Jesse Dwyer also spoke at the event.

“In just four short years, Karl has been able to accomplish great reforms as Deerpark supervisor and has turned that municipality around in a positive direction,” Dwyer said. “He will make a fantastic advocate for us in Albany.”

Brabenec stressed his platform points, which are property tax reform, promoting small business and economic development efforts, supporting agriculture and growth in the Black Dirt region, protecting first responders, reducing state regulations and unfunded mandates, and promoting government efficiency, consolidation and reduced spending.

Other candidates who have confirmed they are running include GOPer Dan Castricone and Dem Krystal Serrano.