Tony was born and raised in Central New York. He grew up in a home on Townsend Street in the shadow of St. Joseph’s Hospital with his parents, brother, grandmother, and cousins. His father was an Italian immigrant who worked at Allied Chemical and his mother was a first generation American who worked for the phone company in downtown Syracuse. Both of his parents were proud union members.
He attended the Prescott School and Our Lady of Pompeii before his family moved to Galeville. Tony then attended Liverpool High School and Onondaga Community College, where he was the first student trustee of the College. From OCC, Tony continued his education at Georgetown University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in international economics.
Upon graduating from college, Tony worked briefly for the National Public Interest Research Group in Washington, D.C., and then studied in London. He returned to Syracuse and developed a business with his childhood friend to treat the serious problem of tree roots in municipal sewer systems. Their company grew to be Duke’s Root Control, the dominant contractor in the United States in the municipal sewer root control industry with nearly 3,000 municipal clients in the 48 contiguous states.
He now lives on the eastside with his wife, Martine, and two daughters, Sarah and Emily. Martine is the owner of Upstate Yoga Institute. Emily is in her final year of school at SUNY Upstate Medical University and Sarah works in digital marketing at Digital Hyve in downtown Syracuse.
Tony has always had an interest in serving his community. He served as a member of ReconsiDer, the OCL 2005 study committee, Strategic Government Consolidation, and the 2008 study committee on Rethinking I-81. He also served as a board member of the Hiscock Legal Aid Society, Syracuse 20/20, Syracuse Stage, and the Everson Museum. Tony also served as the president of the Onondaga Citizens League, the chair of the board at the Redhouse Arts Center, and volunteers as a book buddy at the Seymour School.
Running for County Executive gives him the ability to apply a lifetime of experience with local governments to improve the community that he is proud to call home. Tony recognizes the severe historical challenges that are faced by many members of our community. He is excited by the opportunity to collaborate with every level of government, with the not-for-profit sector, and with the business sector to help put Onondaga County on a positive trajectory. He believes his experience in business, his expertise in the areas of infrastructure, and his long involvement with community organizations that touch on issues critical to Central New York, making him a strong candidate for County Executive.