First-time politician is latest candidate to announce campaign against Rep. Engel

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A first-time politician hopes his experience working with local governments on infrastructure projects and the environment will propel him to a congressional win.

Chris Fink is the latest candidate to announce a campaign against Rep. Eliot Engel.

Fink says his political aspirations are inspired by his father, who worked as a Con Edison lineman.

"Trying to keep the lights on, which was something that was important to me because I saw how these essential services were important to the folks in the neighborhoods,” he says

He got his bachelor’s at SUNY Albany and his law degree from Buffalo before settling in Pelham to raise a family.

The longtime tax attorney and now investment banker works closely with local governments, helping them pick and finance projects.

"I've been effective my whole career in helping municipalities get things done. I think I can do it here as well,” he says.

Fixing roads, maintaining bridges and upgrading the rail system are some of Fink's top priorities.

He also wants to repeal the federal 'SALT' cap, which he says hurts property values and public schools.

Fink promises to put Westchester and the Bronx first because he believes incumbent Rep. Eliot Engel, who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee, puts too much emphasis on international politics over local issues.

Fink also supports Medicare for All but the right to keep private insurance, as well as increased background checks to buy a gun and increased funding for reproductive health clinics.

 

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