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I am running for Congress to improve the lives of the people in Upstate New York and to stand up against the threat to democracy now posed by Representative Elise Stefanik and the extreme faction of the Republican party that she leads—a faction that puts lies above truth, personal political opportunism over the good of the people, and tribalism over patriotism.
A big part of Matt’s story begins in 1927. In that year, his great-grandmother, who immigrated to the United States from Italy as a child, opened a grocery store on the first floor of her house to help her family make ends meet. That store, which Matt’s parents operate today, has embedded his family in the small town of Whitehall, New York—the birthplace of the U.S. Navy—for four generations.
Now, at an age just a few years older than his great-grandmother was when she started her small business, Matt is running as a Democrat to represent New York’s North Country in Congress.
The people of his hometown, his identity as a gay person, and his Catholic faith have taught Matt the meaning of service, community, empathy, and patriotism, and he has lived these values in all he has done—from serving in AmeriCorps to volunteering in Sudan to leading civic organizations working on behalf of the marginalized.
As a lawyer, he has spent the majority of his career fighting insurance companies who wrongfully deny coverage and has devoted significant pro bono efforts to advancing LGBTQ equality, reducing gun violence, and making the immigration system fair.
Born in Glens Falls and raised in Whitehall, Matt, 37, attended the town’s public school system, then went to Boston College, Oxford University, and Fordham Law School. He came out as gay at twenty-one. The National LGBT Bar Association named Matt one of the 40 best LGBT lawyers under the age of 40 in the country.