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Montgomery County Undersheriff Peter Vroman, center addresses the crowd while kicking off his Assembly campaign Saturday at Riverlink Park in Amsterdam.


Undersheriff making a run at the statehouse

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - Updated: 3:13 PM


For the C-S-E

On the first day of summer Saturday, Montgomery County Undersheriff Peter Vroman officially kicked off his campaign for the 111th Assembly District seat.

Vroman was joined at Riverlink Park by Montgomery County Executive Matthew Ossenfort, former Amsterdam mayor and Montgomery County Republican Committee Chairman Joseph Emanuele, U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, family members and friends.

He shared his background, and reasons why he wants to be elected in November.

"I'm a Galway native," Vroman said. "I graduated from Galway Central School District in 1979. After I graduated, I started working as a police officer in Essex, Vt., which was home to the second largest IBM plant in the country, so I had a lot of responsibility and I learned a lot."

Vroman later joined the Saratoga County Sheriff's Department and served as a highway patrol officer.

After serving in both departments, he qualified to become a United States federal marshal. He accepted his first job as deputy marshal with the U.S. Department of Justice in 1986.

He successfully completed the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy, and was assigned to the southern district in Manhattan as a general operations deputy. Later, he was assigned to the districts of Rhode Island and New Hampshire.

Vroman decided he wanted to "focus more on family" and moved to Canajoharie in 1993, where he's raised six children with his wife, Laurie. He worked as a marshal in Albany, and became a senior deputy in a supervisory role.

During his 20 years as a U.S. marshal, Vroman was responsible for many tasks and accomplishments, but in his opinion, his biggest accomplishment to date was the role he took convincing county jails to house federal inmates.

He said since he started working at the county jail in January, his plan has helped generate a lot of revenue.

"Since working here in Montgomery County and selling this idea to the jail, I'm responsible for half a million dollars in additional revenue and we're on target for $1.2 million by the end of the year," he said.

Vroman said he wants to be elected assemblyman for the 111th District because "public service is [his] life."

"I'm upset with the lack of leadership in this state, and this country for that matter," he said. "I've been serving in leadership roles for 20 years of my life. I think I have the experience and the drive to help improve our great state. I think the public forum for passing laws needs to be changed; laws are being passed in secrecy in this state and secrecy in a government breeds mistrust in the residents. I want to help change that. This is my state and I want to help make it better."

A spokesman for incumbent Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, said this morning that he plans to announce his candidacy for re-election, but is currently focusing on his duties as a member of the state Assembly.

"In the past few days alone we have approved legislation to protect teachers, secured more than $700,000 in a additional state aid for local schools, added family court judges to the capital region and facilitated a meeting between proponents of the Montgomery County casino proposal and the state Gaming Commission," Santabarbara said in a statement. "There is still more work to do though and I look forward to continuing my efforts to make New York a better place to live and raise a family."

Vroman said his goals, if elected, would include more jobs, eliminating corruption in government, and repealing and examining the SAFE Act.

Gibson praised Vroman for his willingness to run for the Assembly.

"[Vroman] is uniquely suited and qualified to do this job," Gibson said. "In my view, what's needed most of all right now is leadership that brings people together to get things done, and if you look at [Vroman's] background, you'll see that two things jump out: He's very service-oriented and he has the temperament and personality to get things done. I think he'd make a great teammate."

"I've always been so impressed with [Vroman's] career and what he's been able to do as U.S. marshal," Ossenfort said, "but, what he's done as undersheriff in the county has been nothing short of remarkable. We need to think outside of the box in Montgomery County and that's what [Vroman] has done. I'm very excited to be part of this campaign. Because of the integrity he's shown throughout his career and I think if you're sent out to Albany, which I have some experience with, the single most important attribute you can have is integrity. I'm very proud to support him and I wish him all the best."


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