James Skoufis, born in Flushing, Queens in 1987, has resided in the Town of Woodbury and Hudson Valley for nearly twenty years. He graduated from Monroe-Woodbury High School in 2005 and went on to earn his B.A. summa cum laude from The George Washington University and M.A. from Columbia University. Having spent the first many years of his life in New York City Public Housing and being only one generation removed from food stamps, James understands the struggles that many families are bearing and will be a strong advocate for his working- and middle-class constituents in the Assembly. In addition to strong constituent services and 24/7 availability, James' legislative priorities include raising the minimum wage to $9.00 per hour, a full repeal of the MTA payroll tax, tax credits for new small business growth, tax penalties for corporations who ship jobs overseas, and taking care of our veterans who honorably serve our country. Before his election, James was a Project Manager at Amerigard Alarm & Security Corporation and a Member of the Woodbury Town Board. On the Town Board, James distinguished himself in the wake of Hurricane Irene by leading the local relief effort and helping affected families with food, shelter, and financial assistance. The son of a Greek immigrant, James' family includes his mother, Donna, father, George, and two sisters, Melissa and Anna Maria.