Thursday, February 18, 2010

Best of Luck Sam! We're With You!!!!

Former County Legislator Sam Roberts
to seek Joan Christensen's Assembly seat

Sam Roberts, who was very supportive of Senator Aubertine in his attempt to run for NYS Senate, is eyeing a run for County Legislature in Onondaga County. Sam is a true hero of the labor movement in NYS and we urge every Democrat to write a check and get on board. Best of Luck Sam, and we look forward to knocking doors for you!

Please read the story below about Sam's run.

Syracuse, NY -- Another Democrat is ready to run for retiring Assemblywoman Joan Christensen’s seat.

Sam Roberts, a former Onondaga County legislator from Syracuse, filed papers Friday at the state Board of Elections to register his campaign fund-raising arm, Committee to Elect Sam Roberts. That sets him up to raise money to seek the 119th Assembly seat that fellow Democrat Christensen announced in late January that she would give up at the end of her current term.

Roberts, 53, of 320 Genesee Park Drive, said Christensen was a veteran Syracuse Common Council member and he an aspiring legislator when they talked about seeking the Assembly seat held by Republican William Bush. When Christensen took the plunge and upset Bush in 1990, Roberts said he told Christensen he would try to fill her shoes whenever she decided to step down.

In the 20 years since, Roberts served 10 years in the legislature, representing the old 19th District until the 2000 downsizing induced him to step down.

He found himself out of a job when General Motors shut down its Fisher body plant in Salina. He eventually found a new GM job at the company’s Massena factory, only to lose it when that plant closed. He’s been building superintendent at the Hughes State Office Building since 2007, a job the state Board of Elections says he must quit when he files nominating petitions in July, he said.

Roberts said the experience he gained in the County Legislature and the rough economic times he’s weathered along with many potential constituents suit him for the Assembly.

“I’ve been on both sides -- working, not working, knowing the effects of it,” Roberts said. “It’s hard to sit out and do nothing. It would be very easy for me to sit back, go to work every day and turn my back on everything else. But I think I bring something to table

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