Democrat Marc Panepinto carries the endorsements of the Democratic Party and the Working Families Party

He is also endorsed by U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, County Executive Mark Poloncarz, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, Congressman Brian Higgins, and Senator Tim Kennedy, as well as countless labor unions and community organizations including USW District 4, UFCW Local 1, UAW Region 9, NYSUT, 1199 SEIU, 32BJ SEIU, IBEW Local 97, Teamsters Joint Council 46, AFSCME District Council 66, CWA, National Association of Letter Carriers, NARAL, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, and the Western New York Community Action Council.

About the Candidate

Marc Panepinto

I was born and raised in the Town of Tonawanda. My father was a construction worker and my mother a hairdresser. I was the first in my family to go to college, graduating from the University at Buffalo where I played football and was captain of the 1987 team. I worked my way through school on the construction site as a Local 210 Laborer where I learned the value of hard work.

After graduating with honors, I studied Labor and Industrial Relations at the University of Illinois. Inspired to help families like my own, I traveled the country organizing low-wage workers. As a union organizer working for the Laborers International Union of North America, I successfully ran campaigns for poultry workers in Mississippi, nurses in Northern California, and immigrant demolition workers in New York City.

During this time I met a fellow labor organizer who shared my same values, beliefs, and passion; Catherine Nugent, a beautiful woman from northern Massachusetts, who would become my wife. After spending several years travelling the country as an organizer, I convinced my wife to move back to Buffalo where we had our first child while we were both attending the Law School at the University at Buffalo.

We are extremely proud of our three beautiful daughters. The oldest, Rachel, just graduated from City Honors High School and is attending The University of Pittsburgh this Fall. Our two younger girls, Julia and Natasha, both attend City Honors. They are energetic and passionate young women and my wife and I do all that we can to support their many activities. From coaching softball, to managing Volleyball, to watching dance recitals, to taking our daughters all over the country for their travel sports teams, we do everything we can to support them and remain active in their lives.

My wife and I made the decision to raise our family in the Elmwood Village because we believe it offers a number of significant advantages for our daughters. The exposure to various cultures and ways of life will be invaluable to them as they mature. I have always been involved in the local community, from sitting on the board of the North Buffalo Community Center to actively participating in Garden Walk Buffalo every year. I believe strongly in these organizations and I want my daughters to see what active citizenship is and understand what it takes to build strong communities. They should have a voice in their community and never be afraid to use it.

Raising my own family has doubled my resolve to do all that I can to protect the rights of working families. I have spent my entire legal career fighting on behalf of clients who have been injured due to no fault of their own. I take great pride in helping injured workers navigate an extremely complicated legal system. My law firm, Dolce Panepinto P.C., has a reputation for fighting tooth and nail in order to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients. I am very proud of the work that we do and the dedication and work ethic displayed by each one of our attorneys.

I plan to bring that toughness and work ethic to the Senate floor in Albany as I advocate for the people of the 60th District.

District 60