My name is Matt Varvaro, and I am running for New York State Assembly. As someone who has lived in Port Washington for my entire life and who cares deeply about the community, I would be honored to represent you in Albany. As a bit of background, I attended Port public schools from kindergarten through 12th grade. I got a wonderful education at Manorhaven, Weber and Schreiber, where I met so many whom I am still close to. I played PYA baseball as a kid, and spent my summers as a camp counselor at the AT LAST! program.
After graduating from college, I came back to Port, where I began pursuing a career in public service. I served the people of Port while working as Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio’s legislative aide at the North Hempstead Town Board. After that, I served as a research and policy aide to former Governor George Pataki.
I decided to run for Assembly because Albany politics are fundamentally broken, and I believe that the residents of Port deserve better. Corruption has become a bipartisan scourge that needs to be wiped out. When I get to Albany, I will fight for comprehensive ethics reform so that we can finally end corruption. We deserve a state government that works for us—not one that embarrasses us on an almost daily basis. I will promote innovative ways to grow our economy and create jobs while lowering the cost of living and doing business on Long Island. I will introduce new ideas to make schools the best. I will work to protect the North Shore’s magnificent waterways and natural resources.
Port has been my home for the last 25 years, and the residents here have become my family. From my experience, when it comes to politics, Port Washingtonians are independent thinkers. They are not consumed by petty partisanship; they want an honest, functional government that works for them. I could not agree more. I also encourage you to reach out and get involved with our campaign. Sometimes the political process gets a bad name—and for good reason. It can also be a vehicle to do good for your neighbors and community. I hope you’ll join us. —Matt Varvaro