Below you will find a list of Rensselaer County Democratic Committee candidates for 2017 and their contact information.
ANDREA SMYTH FOR COUNTY EXECUTIVE
A respected leader among the state’s most powerful advocacy organizations, Andrea Smyth has proven her commitment to designing high quality and efficient human services that improve lives. Andrea’s executive management skills and her compassionate “people first” approach to policy making and budgeting makes her the best candidate for Rensselaer County Executive.
Andrea served as the Executive Director of the New York State Coalition for Children’s Behavioral Health for 18 years. She began her career in Albany working for the New York State Association of Counties, fighting to preserve county-owned nursing homes and negotiating a fair state share to support foster care and early intervention services and safe landfill closures. Andrea will use her keen understanding of the county-state fiscal relationship to benefit the people of Rensselaer County.
Andrea is a member of the State Medicaid Redesign Team’s Children’s Subcommittee, which has identified a plan to provide more effective mental health treatment for children.
A graduate of the University of South Florida with a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University at Albany, Andrea applies her education to her career every day as she works to improve the quality of life for so many New Yorkers.
Andrea is proud mother of three college graduates -- Tess, Quinn, and Jack Massaroni. She has lived in Rensselaer County since 1994.
JENNIFER SOBER for county court judge
While the diversity she would bring to the bench is important, it is her extensive trial experience that makes Jennifer the best possible candidate for the position of Rensselaer County Court Judge. As a sole practitioner concentrating on criminal defense, her 18+ years of experience encompasses both prosecution and defense in State and Federal courts. For the past ten years, she has been appointed by the New York State Education Department in a quasi-judicial capacity as a Hearing Officer. These experiences have taught her the value of patience and the importance of maintaining an even judicial demeanor.
Jennifer is as proud of her accomplishments in her personal and family life - as wife to Albany Lieutenant Firefighter Kenneth Sober and mother to Julia, age 13, and Claire, age 10 - as she is her legal success.