Karl Brabenec was elected to serve the constituents of the 98th Assembly District on November 4, 2014. The district includes parts of Orange and Rockland counties which include Deerpark, Port Jervis, Greenville, Minisink, Warwick, Monroe, Tuxedo and Ramapo. Brabenec is dedicated to improving the quality of life for his community by alleviating the crushing tax burden facing residents with smarter budget solutions and spending cuts. He recognizes the obstacles facing small businesses and family farms in New York and will fight to cut the senseless red-tape, regulations and taxes stifling job creation and business growth. As the father of two young children, he is dedicated to providing the necessary resources and tools needed for parents and teachers to offer a quality education for all students. In 2009, Brabenec served as Deerpark Town Supervisor. He focused on common-sense principles to save taxpayer dollars, including improving the local business climate through zoning restriction reforms and by providing long-term financial planning and responsibility by saving reserve funds for future expenses. Brabenec believes in governing with integrity, he reestablished the town’s ethics committee and dramatically expanded communication and transparency in government. Before serving as Town Supervisor, Brabenec formally served as an assistant to former Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana. He was appointed to the Deerpark Zoning Board of Appeals and later served to the Deerpark Town Council in 2007. He is currently a member of the Advisory Boards for the Orange County Community Development Block Grant Program and the HOME Program to help county residents become homeowners. Brabenec, the son of Czech refugees, was raised in Orange County and graduated from Minisink Valley High School in 1997. He earned his B.A. at Mount Saint Mary College and his M.P.A. from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Karl lives in Westbrookville and is the proud father of son, Karl and daughter, Kimberlee.