Anthony Brindisi has been an outspoken advocate for public schools throughout his career. He’s a political reformer who was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the five “Young Guns” in the NY State Assembly.
Brindisi is also known as a tireless supporter of the Upstate New York community that he represents. An independent voice, Brindisi doesn’t care what your party line is, he has a proven record working with anyone, at any time, to get things done and bring positive change and new jobs to his community.
In the Assembly, Brindisi led and was victorious in his fights to increase educational funding to lower income school districts in the state, bolster apprenticeship programs, increase job training, and bring high tech manufacturing and economic development to the Mohawk Valley region.
Brindisi, thirty-nine years old, was born and raised in Utica where he resides with his wife and high school sweetheart Erica McGovern Brindisi, a biology professor at Mohawk Valley Community College, and their two young children, Anthony, Jr. and Lily Grace.
Brindisi’s father, Louis, was also born and raised in Utica, studied law and met Anthony’s mother, Jacqueline, at a Polish Community Center’s social function in Albany, New York. Louis and Jacqueline married in 1960 and moved back to Utica, New York to make their home and, ultimately, raise their 5 children.
Tragedy struck four-year-old Brindisi when his mother died at the age of 45, after a long and arduous struggle with lung and brain cancer. Brindisi’s older sisters, Mary, Roseanne, and Eva were instrumental in helping to raise Anthony in his mother’s absence. Throughout his youth, Brindisi’s sisters instilled in him the values of integrity and the importance of caring for others. Brindisi also enjoys a close relationship with his two brothers, Andrew and Louis Thomas.
While attending Notre Dame High School, Brindisi worked at McDonalds. He attended Mohawk Valley Community College before graduating from Siena College and Albany Law School.
After his first child was born, Brindisi ran for the Utica School board. He helped champion a major school modernization project to renovate and improve most of Utica’s outdated school buildings.
In 2009, Brindisi was instrumental in initiating a lawsuit against New York for failing to meet the state constitution’s fair funding requirement for local public schools.
Elected to the Assembly 2011, Brindisi earned a reputation for principled bipartisanship and has become a voice for seniors, veterans, nurses, teachers, children and public school funding.
Recognizing the need to close the middle skills job gap and better prepare students for high-wage, high-skill careers, Brindisi authored and passed his “21st Century Education Initiative” to create a diploma pathway for high school students.
In an age of hyper-partisanship, Brindisi has been able to help turn state deficits into surpluses, deliver middle-class tax cuts, invest in infrastructure, and protect defense installations in the state from closure.