Matt Rettig 99th Assembly Campaign Takes Off
Matt Rettig (D, WFP, WEP-Cornwall) announced his run will be a fresh new voice for the 99th Assembly District. Rettig said he is committed to improving our schools, instituting ethics reforms and making the health care system more affordable for Hudson Valley families.
“We’re seeing regular, hardworking people getting engaged and running for office like never before,” said Rettig. “This is our moment to really make an impact and make sure the voice of the average family is heard loud and clear in government. Having a wide variety of experiences from different walks of life ensures fresh ideas and new perspectives. I’m a homeowner and a property taxpayer, and I know the challenges Hudson Valley families are facing every day. I’m ready to get to work finding solutions.”
Brett Broge, Chair of the Orange County Democratic Committee, welcomed Rettig’s entry into the race, saying that he believes Rettig will be a “dynamic advocate for the residents of the 99th Assembly District.”
Rettig, a commercial airline pilot, noted that he’s energized and inspired by the recent surge in community activism and believes that there’s real value in having ordinary citizens running for office. As an active community organizer in Cornwall, and as the former Vice Chairman of the American Eagle Airlines pilot union, Rettig said he is no stranger to lookingout for working people and fighting for what’s best for his community and co-workers.
“Having an outsider’s perspective means I can truly recognize what’s working and what needs to be fixed,” Rettig said. “I’ve stood up for my union brothers and sisters, and I’ll do the same for each and every member of this community. Assemblyman James Skoufis has been a tireless and effective advocate for our families. I look forward to continuing his work in the Assembly and having him as a partner in the Senate.”
Rettig says that health care is too expensive, forcing too many of our Hudson Valley neighbors to miss out on vital treatments, medications and doctor’s appointments. He’s said he is committed to making health care more affordable and accessible so everyone can get the care they need, will fight for the funding schools need to teach the skills colleges and employers expect our students to have and He will work to ensure that all students feel they can attend school without fear of preventable violence.. He said he will fight corruption and insist on transparency in government, and welcomes greater accountability for all officials, including himself.
Rettig, 45, and his wife Dyanna live in Cornwall. The 99th Assembly District which includes the Orange County towns of Blooming Grove, Chester, Cornwall, Goshen, Hamptonburgh, Highlands, New Windsor, Wawayanda, Woodbury and the Rockland County town of Stony Point.