I am not a politician, I am an optician; and have a small business which I have built for over 23 years, making glasses and contact lenses to help people see better. In that time I worked every day to provide for myself and my family. As an employer I have been responsible for providing a salary and benefits to hundreds of people who are supporting their own families, and I fully understand the struggles that families go through to pay their bills, give their children an education and their families a better life.
My two children attend public schools and my interest in their education eventually led me to run for Staten Island School Board, Community Education Council 31. Five years ago, the members of the school board elected me President. During my time as School Board President for Staten Island I have been able to learn a great deal about how the Department of Education and NYC government work from the inside. There are many fine people working in our schools–principals, teachers, bus drivers, school aides and custodians—who are dedicated to their work. Unfortunately they are often hampered by the politicians and bureaucrats who run the Department; and if I were to run my business the way the City Hall runs their agencies, I would have been out of business a long time ago. I am proud to say however, whenever things were wrong at our schools I have taken on City Hall and won.
My experiences on the School Board are what led me to run for State Assembly this year. The growing financial burden being placed upon the people of Staten Island by the political bosses in City Hall and Albany has gotten out of hand. Every time we turn around, these political bosses are hitting us with another toll increase, another tax increase or another fee increase which swells our monthly bills while incomes remain stagnant and too many people are out of work. There seems to be no consideration for these burdens and no accountability as to how our tax money is being spent. Like many of you, I am tired of seeing Staten Islanders treated like an unlimited source of taxable income for Albany and City Hall.
Someone has to stand up to the politicians that are robbing us little by little of our ability to give our families a better life, and I am ready for that fight.
I do not answer to any groups, political action committees or big campaign contributors who control what goes on in government. I want to go to Albany to expose the excesses of the political bosses who control the State Assembly and press for a reduction in the taxes and tolls that are deteriorating our quality of life. Everyone should have chance to live the American dream, but it won’t happen if we let the state and city government continue their reign of taxing and spending every dollar we earn.
If you are tired of the status quo and you want someone who is ready to go to Albany and fight on your behalf, please vote for me, Sam Pirozzolo for Assembly, on November 6th.
Thank you and may God bless you and your loved ones,