Tony Malavenda, a local businessman and lifelong engaged citizen of Onondaga County, toured the Food Bank of Central New York.

“When Onondaga County has some of the highest levels of concentrated poverty in New York, I wanted to tour the Food Bank to better understand how poverty affects citizens’ everyday lives and learn how we can address the issue with good policy that benefits those most in need. Confronting the issue of hunger is not just an issue that is confined to our inner-cities but also to our rural areas.  We need to look at innovative ways to make sure that those in food deserts can get access to the food. Onondaga County needs a County Executive who will work to create economic opportunities to address the issue and not just make it a talking point in an election-year” said Malavenda.

Malavenda kicked off his campaign on February 26th. He is challenging career politician Ryan McMahon who was appointed County Executive after elected County Executive Joanie Mahoney stepped down.

Malavenda has lived here all of his life.  His wife Martine owns Upstate Yoga Institute, his daughter Emily recently graduated from medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University, and his daughter Sarah worked at Digital Hyve in downtown Syracuse and is headed to the University of Michigan to pursue a graduate degree in social work.