WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Democratic state Assemblyman David Buchwald announced Thursday, May 1, that he is running for re-election in an announcement on the steps of White Plains City Hall.
Buchwald, who grew up in Larchmont, served one term on the White Plains Common Council before he was elected in 2012 to the state Assembly representing District 93, which covers Bedford, Harrison, Lewisboro, Mount Kisco, New Castle, North Castle, North Salem, Pound Ridge and half of White Plains.
After each accomplishment Buchwald touted, he said there is still more work to do.
During his first term, he introduced a bill to strip pensions from lawmakers convicted of a felony, helped get White Plains added to the list of cities participating in the New York Youth Works Program and advocated to keep Tesla Motors in New York .
“Our public campaign led to a good result, it led to a compromise, and I believe next week we’ll be passing that compromise in the state Assembly to allow Tesla to continue selling its clean-energy cars here in New York state,” he told a crowd of more than a dozen local and county officials and supporters.
The 2014-15 state budget includes $70,000 for a substance abuse counselor position that was cut in the Bedford Central School District budget due to shortfalls. Community groups reached out to Buchwald, who advocated including the funding.
This is the first time the state has funded such a position, which is the district's only counselor dedicated to preventing substance abuse in the school district, which serves the towns of Bedford, Mount Kisco and Pound Ridge, as well as parts of the towns of North Castle and New Castle.
The Yale University graduate worked for three years at the economics research firm NERA, where he researched antitrust economics. He received a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Master of Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Buchwald went onto work at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s tax department.
"Why do I want to run for re-election to the New York State Assembly? Because we’re succeeding. Because of the matters that mean the most to Westchester residents with our economy, our children’s education, our safety, our transportation infrastructure, the conservation of the environment, gender equality, reducing the cost of government and drawing a bright line signaling that we will not tolerate corruption in government," Buchwald said. "On those matters, we’ve taken meaningful steps to achieve large goals.
"Together we’ve made progress, and there’s more work to be done," he said.