I was born and raised in Suffolk County and am the son of a Suffolk County Homicide Detective. I graduated Lafayette College and St. John’s Law School and was an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County for approximately six years. I was promoted through the ranks from the District Court Bureau to the Case Advisory Bureau Narcotics Bureau and the Major Crime Bureau. I was eventually promoted to the Trial Supervisor of the East End Bureau (covering the 5 eastern towns of Suffolk County). As an Assemblyman for the last 7 years and as the Ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, I have always fought on behalf of law enforcement against the radical New York City anti-police agenda.