Why Marc’s Running
New York and America are at a crossroads, with every decision having a profound and lasting impact for years to come. Do we continue to follow the tired, hackneyed ways of doing things in Washington, the same status quo, or do we have the courage, capacity and character to create the vision of our state and country for which we’ve longed? I’ve made my decision: I’ve decided to dedicate myself to the people of New York and seek to represent you in Congress.
Committed to Public Service
On April 6, 2021, Colin announced his campaign for New York’s 18th Congressional District. Colin J. Schmitt was elected to the New York State Assembly in 2018 and re-elected in 2020 to represent parts of Orange and Rockland counties.
For the 2021-22 Legislative Session, Colin has been named as the Ranking Minority Member of the Assembly Committee on Local Government. He also has been selected to serve on the Housing, Labor, and Insurance committees. The Minority Leader has also appointed Schmitt to serve on Co-Chair of the Assembly Minority Water Quality Task Force and the Legislative Commission on Water Resource Needs of NYS. Schmitt also serves as Co-Chair of the bipartisan and bicameral Sportsmen’s Legislative Caucus.
During his first legislative session, Schmitt passed 43 sponsored, co- and multi-sponsored bills, with a bipartisan legislative focus on tax relief, ethics reform, preservation of our community and natural resources, and delivering our fair share of funding from Albany.
Assemblyman Schmitt has dedicated much of his efforts to constituent service as well as serving as an advocate for our district. On top of providing direct-needed assistance to constituents, Schmitt has also created the Small Business of the Month Appreciation Program, 99th Assembly District Art Showcase and community events of honor, including the 99th Assembly District Women of Distinction, Students of Achievement, Salute to First Responders, and Veterans Hall of Fame programs.
Colin serves as a Sergeant in the Army National Guard. He completed Army Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, GA, and finished as distinguished honor graduate from Fort Lee as a 92A automated logistics supply specialist and completed the Fort Dix NCO Academy Basic Leaders Course (BLC). He is currently assigned to the 1569th Transportation Company in New Windsor, New York Army National Guard.
Colin is a graduate of Valley Central High School, where he served as student representative to the board of education. After high school, Colin put himself through college utilizing a combination of jobs, scholarships, and student loans to earn a degree in Politics with a minor in Theology and Religious Studies from The Catholic University of America, Pi Gamma Mu honors.
While still in high school, Colin joined the staff of then-Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt–beginning as a volunteer, then becoming an intern and eventually the youngest aide ever hired by the New York State Assembly.
As a college student, Colin founded and chaired a nonpartisan government reform political action committee (New Dawn NY) that promoted ethics reform, budget reform and job creation. Through New Dawn NY, Colin successfully created the grassroots “Stop NY Double Dip” campaign that garnered local, statewide, and national media attention.
After college, Colin joined the staff of Senator Greg Ball, serving as Director of Operations for the NYS Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee.