Every Sunday, we'll publish a quick Q&A with someone from the local political world. Instead of touching on the latest in policy issues and proposed legislation, the intent is to catch a glimpse of the person behind the title. The interviews are done via email.
Job Title: Erie County Legislator 1st District
Family: Wife, Melissa; son Christopher, 12; daughter, Destiny, 7; and son, Joseph, 5.
Education: Bachelor of science in business administration, State University of New York at Buffalo
What's one thing people don't know about you?
I love desserts. When I was younger I would order a dessert as an appetizer and order another dessert after I finished eating dinner.
The Legislature recently honored you for becoming a licensed minister at Elim Christian Fellowship. What will that work involve?
I will have the wonderful privilege of studying, teaching and preaching the word of God under the direction of Bishop Troy A. Bronner. Being a licensed minister allows me to do what I love, and that is serving and helping people.
What's your favorite restaurant?
Mr. Bones on Jefferson Avenue and Loretta's on Genesee Street. Both restaurants have great food that remind me of my late grandmother Emma Cottom's Sunday dinners.
Who is your political hero?
Former Deputy Speaker Arthur O. Eve Sr., he was and still is one of the biggest advocates for education. He is the main reason I decided to get involved in politics. Mr. Eve still calls me at least once or twice a week to discuss ways to improve our educational system and ensure that all young people have an equal opportunity to get a great education.
What's the worst part of your job?
Informing an organization that the county will not able to fulfill their funding request due to limited resources.
Buffalo: Rich Fontana, Dave Franczyk, Joe Golombek, Michael LoCurto, David Rivera, Bonnie Russell, Mark Schroeder, Demone Smith, Darius Pridgen,
Erie County: Betty Jean Grant, Thomas Loughran Lynn Marinelli, Thomas Mazur, John Mills, Mark Poloncarz, Ed Rath, Kevin Hardwick
State Senate: Patrick M. Gallivan