Community focused ideas with an eye on tomorrow
A native to the Town of Wallkill, Frank has been living in the community nearly all his life. Spurred on as an Eagle Scout, he has been a community advocate and compelled to key or leadership roles in most of his endeavors. In the early 90s he was an active member of Orange Environment, Sullivan Environment, and the Bashakill Area Association. By the late 90s his interests expanded to the national political scene and he became involved in the grassroots organization Third Millennium.
In 2001, a few short months after his daughter was born, Frank answered NYC’s call for volunteers, joining the first wave of non-affiliated first responders on the pile at 1 World Trade Center. He would spend five days away from his new family working at the site until the city released all Non-contract volunteers from the operation.
After nearly a decade as the Production Manager and Resident Lighting Designer at the prestigious Lower East Side theater, Performance Space 122, famous for the likes of The Blue Man Group, Spalding Gray, Eric Bogosian, and Taylor Mac, Frank became a homeowner in the town of Wallkill. He went on to grow 2 businesses in architectural and event lighting. As a professional lighting designer and stage hand he has membership in two unions. In 2009, he learned his new prosperity was at risk as the public trust had been broken by questionable local government practices and unchecked development. As a result, he joined forces with others in the area to create the watch dog group Rural Community Coalition (RCC) and subsequently the Rural Heritage Party of Mamakating.
Having witnessed firsthand how inside politics conducted behind closed doors can quietly and quickly destroy communities, erode trust and frey the community, he has chosen to take the next step in his advocacy for transparent open government for the community and bring his voice, knowledge and leadership to the town of Wallkill.