New York State Senate, District 39
James Skoufis and his family moved to the Town of Woodbury from Queens in 1995 for many of the same reasons we all choose to live in the area: a better quality of life, an education that strives for nothing short of excellence, and a strong, friendly, and caring community. After graduating from Monroe-Woodbury High School, James went on to become one of the first in his family to attend college. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from The George Washington University and Master’s Degree from Columbia University. Along with the fortunate help of scholarships and student loans, he worked his way through studies, holding a job every semester while in college.
James spent the first many years of his life in the New York City Projects and being only one generation removed from food stamps, James knows what it means to struggle. He knows what it means to live paycheck to paycheck or worse. During his six years in the State Assembly, James has fought for the Hudson Valley’s working- and middle-classes who are often overlooked by government. He’s been a champion of better schools, stronger infrastructure, and leveling the playing field.
James is running for State Senate, District 39 in New York. He will continue to be a strong advocate for schools’ funding needs, advancing long-overdue infrastructure projects, ensuring workplaces are safe and employees are respected, and preserving the region’s environment and open space, including the Hudson River. In the State Senate; James will be an advocate for more and fairer school funding, a more progressive tax system, universal healthcare, sustainable growth and jobs, and creating a public transit system that’s reliable and accessible to all. Most fundamentally, James’ campaign and his legislative efforts will always put people first.