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Vroman seeking Assembly seat

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - Updated: 3:43 PM


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Montgomery County Undersheriff Peter Vroman will run as a Republican candidate for the state's 111th Assembly District, currently held by Democrat Angelo Santabarbara.

While new to politics, Vroman said he would use the experience he gained through 32 years in public service. As an assemblyman, he said he has the opportunity to extend his ability to create partnerships among agencies, improve coordination and get things done.

"In Montgomery County, the sheriff has given me lots of room to look for outside sources of funding to enhance the safety and security of the people in Montgomery County. That is something I plan on doing as a legislator," he said adding that his primary focus is to represent the people in the district.

"I think most importantly what I would like to do is stand up for, and represent the people in this legislative district and be a voice for what the people want done."

Vroman, who now lives in Canajoharie, retired from the U.S. Marshals in January. Only five days later, Montgomery County Sheriff Michael Amato appointed him as undersheriff, a position left open when veteran Jeffery T. Smith retired.

Vroman said if elected, he'd resign as undersheriff.

Last month, Vroman was announced as the Republican candidate for the 111th Assembly district at the Schenectady County GOP Lincoln Dinner in Scotia. Then on March 3, the candidate was endorsed at the Montgomery County Republican Committee caucus.

"It's not very often that a candidate with such an outstanding public service record steps up to run for office," Montgomery County Republican Committee Chairman Joseph Emanuele said. "Vroman has put his life on the line as a U.S Marshal and he is now serving as our county undersheriff. He wants to become our assemblyman and we as a committee are pleased to have him."

Vroman said the biggest issues that need to be addressed are jobs, the economy and taxes.

"Going up and down the Thruway for the past 23 years from Albany to Canajoharie, right through the heart of the 111th, I have not seen that much happening. I have seen stuff just settling. There has been no economic development along that corridor," Vroman said. "I would use whatever authority that position gave me to help out, seek relief and encourage jobs here. I would like my kids to get out of college and have good jobs waiting right here."

Vroman acknowledged that these issues would be a challenge but he said there were solutions and mentioned recent discussions regarding the potential location of a casino in Montgomery County.

"The answers are out there. I think its a cooperative effort in the district and the people know what to do," he said. "I know there may be ways to encourage an economic corridor for out here on the thruway. The casino is a great start if that is what the people want to do."

Vroman started his career in law enforcement in 1982 as a patrolman in Essex, Vt., later transferring to the Saratoga County Sheriff's Department as a deputy. Then he moved up to a deputy with the U.S. Marshals Service where he served a 28-year career.

For the last 20 years, Vroman was assigned to the marshals' Northern District of New York office, which oversees federal police service in 32 counties, including Montgomery County.

In 2010, Vroman was recommended by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., to be marshal of the Northern District of New York.

Vroman said that among his accomplishments was the ability to arrange federal inmate housing, which were lacking when he started working for the northern district in 1993.

"Out of 20 years of me doing that, I probably caused $60 million to be pumped into the upstate economy in revenue," he said. "That is a lot of money and I don't know anyone else except a big time politician who can point at that and say this is what I caused to have done."

Santabarbara declined to comment on his re-election bid at this time.


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