Sam Roberts was elected to the New York State Assembly, 119th District, in November, and represents parts of the city of Syracuse and the towns of DeWitt, Onondaga and Salina. Roberts also served as an Onondaga County Legislator from 1990-1999. Roberts grew up on the east side of Syracuse and has garnered a solid reputation for his commitment to community activism and public service in Central New York. A proud 35-year member of the United Auto Workers union, Roberts is a retiree of General Motors where he worked as a journeyman tool and die maker for 30 years, and was elected as Recording Secretary of UAW Local Union #465 and Chair of Local Union #854’s Education and Civil Rights Committees. Staying committed to the people, he dually served as Onondaga County Legislator while holding employment at General Motors. For five terms he represented Onondaga County’s 19th Legislative District, supporting legislation important to his constituents. Highly skilled in Labor Relations, he has earned associates degrees from Onondaga Community College, certificates in Labor Studies from Cornell University, and studied at Empire State College. Roberts’ dedication also transcends into the discipline of Martial Arts where he holds a 6th Degree Black Belt in American Shotokan Karate. He ranked No. 1 in New York and New Jersey, top 10 in the United States and Canada, and was the winner of the World Championships prior to retirement from competition.