About Steve


Born in 1964, the last year of the baby boom in the rust belt of Western Pennsylvania, I learned to read as I was learning to speak, and became a voracious reader of history and science at a young age.

I became an avid reader of Native American History and in Grade School was strongly influenced by Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. I have loved the outdoors as long as I can remember and hated learning what pollution had done and was doing to the earth.
 
I learned about the devastating toll that acid rain was wreaking on the Adirondack Park when I did a report on it for science class in junior high. About the same time the Energy Crisis of the early seventies brought energy issues to the forefront of public discussion, and I remember seeing a graph which suggested that we had only 35 years of oil left, while this country had enough coal reserves to power us for a couple of hundred years.
  
Since I believed coal mining was necessary, I decided to go into Mining Engineering in College to help "clean up" coal for "clean energy." I was largely unaware of the problem of carbon pollution until I first learned of the ominous science of climate change in 1988.

For over two years, I worked in a co-op program as a coal preparation engineer in Fairmont West Virginia in 1986 and 1987, graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Mining Engineering, and moved to the Adirondacks in October of 1988 to process garnet for Barton Mines Corporation.

I long admired Native American wisdom and the idea of living as closely as possible to nature, informed as much by the works of Emerson and Thoreau as by stories of John "Johnny Appleseed" Chapman and Native American and frontier stories. My love and appreciation for nature deepened upon moving to the Adirondacks.

Always wanting to get as much sustenance as possible directly from nature, my love for hunting and fishing turned into a sacred solitary pursuit, as well as my desire to garden and gather berries. I have been blessed with more incredible stories than I could ever relate in my adventures hiking, hunting, and camping with my family, friends and often by myself.

I married my post-high school sweetheart in 1990, who joined me in the Adirondacks in 1989, and we had a daughter in 1995 and a son in 1996, both a tremendous blessing. We raised them both in the Unitarian Universalist congregation in Glens Falls, with a deep respect for the interdependence of all beings. Serena is a student at SUNY Albany and Alex a student at Slippery Rock in western Pennsylvania. Disheartened with the mining industry, I became a high school math and science teacher.

I have also raised beagles and chased many rabbits with my beloved hounds over the past 25 years, along with my two goats and many chickens, in Olmstedville in the North Country.
 
When I am not studying to help implement solutions to our current ecological crisis, I enjoy reading, gardening, hunting, hiking, camping, fishing and skiing as well as cooking and playing chess. This is my second campaign for State Senate.


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