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Five Questions with Sean Ryan

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.

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Assemblyman Sean Ryan, D-Buffalo, is a the former chief of staff of the Erie County Legislature. (Sharon Cantillon / Buffalo News)

Sean Ryan

The basics
Age: 47
Job title: New York State Assemblymember, 144th District
Family: My wonderful wife of 16 years, Cathy; we have two daughters: Bridget, 12, and Kate, 13.
Education: Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Fredonia, Law Degree from Brooklyn Law School
Party affiliation: Democrat
Previous work experience: Attorney in private practice; executive director and general council of the Buffalo Neighborhood Stabilization Company; chief of staff of the Erie County Legislature; board member of many non-profit organizations including Buffalo Niagara River Keeper, Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Autistic Services Inc, Coalition for Economic Justice, and the City of Buffalo’s Living Wage Commission.
State salary: $79,500

The questions
What's your favorite restaurant?
It’s tough to pick, so I broke it down by meal -- breakfast: Peg’s Place; lunch: The Mulberry Café; dinner: The Left Bank.

What music have you been listening to lately?
The Avett Brothers.

What's one thing people don't know about you?
I’ve been a lifelong fisherman. I really enjoy going out for a day of fishing on the Niagara River or Eighteen Mile Creek.

Who's your political hero?
Teddy Roosevelt.

If you weren't working in government, what would you be doing instead?
Continuing my previous work as a public interest lawyer working on cases with disabled children and trying to rebuild neighborhoods on the west side of Buffalo.

Next Week: We'll pose similar questions to Kevin Gaughan, who has announced he'll challenge Ryan in the Democratic primary.

--Aaron Besecker
Follow me on Twitter: @BeseckerBN

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