My childhood – growing up NY

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I was born and raised in NYC, though most of my adult life I’ve been a Colorado resident.

I was raised in a diverse community that valued and encouraged critical thinking, curiosity, social and political activism, fairness and opportunity for all, and a reverence for history.   I was always a very serious kid.

My appetite for math and science was insatiable, and I expressed my creativity largely through music.

I played in the school orchestra, the jazz ensemble, and in a lot of school theater

productions.  My mother was a public school teacher in Queens, and my father was a WWII vet - a Normandy medic.  We owned a small neighborhood pharmacy in Brooklyn.   They were hardworking, serious people who installed in me a hardworking, serious ethos.   I’ve carried that and the other core tenants with me my entire life, and if elected will apply them to my work as Commissioner.

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After graduating Martin Van Buren High School in Queens, NY, I enrolled at the 

State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook.  It was at Stony Brook that I first discovered sports - fencing and rugby.  Rugby and I had a future destiny, but I’ll come back to that. The university environment didn’t suit me.  I didn’t have any patience or appetite for it.  I wanted to grow up immediately and I knew I needed a radical change to make it happen.  In 1986 I joined the US Army.