Dave is serving his 11th term on the legislature. He served for four years as the Chairman of the Legislature and was elected to serve as the minority leader twice including the last term. He presently is serving as the Vice Chairman.
He has received praise from both sides of the aisle because of his ability to work with anyone willing to be part of a progressive agenda of government reform, the right economic growth, protection of our beautiful area, effective programs for youth and the elderly, along with enhanced collaboration with the City of Kingston and Ulster County. A few of Dave's initiatives are:
-Sponsored a partnership with Federal & State gov't creating the Solar Consortium (TSEC) for the Hudson Valley, making us a center for solar research that is now competing on the World Stage.
-Sponsored the first aggressive local government collaboration program creating several collaborations between the City of Kingston and Ulster County and pledges to continue where ever possible.
-Sponsored the Ulster Tomorrow Economic Development Reform
- Initiated Labor Representation on
the Ulster County Development Corporation and the Industrial Development Agency.
-Sponsor of Several Good Government Resolutions
-Brought forth changes in workforce policies saving $1.8 Million
-Worked with the Civil Service Unions to bring changes in employee health insurance saving $2.8 Million (The 1st time in Ulster County history that health insurance actually went down)
-Sponsored the creation of Ulster County Dept. of Environment
-Sponsored the creation of a Fleet Management Program saving on vehicle costs
-Instituted a Contract Management System creating greater control and accountability to assure we get what we pay for
- The first to call out for the County take over of the Safety Net costs from the towns and City.