WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. (January 3, 2018) – Candidate for the 37th New York State Senate District, Sarmad Khojasteh (R), today made the following statement regarding Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2018 State of the State Address.

“While Governor Cuomo’s speech addressed a myriad of proposals on a wide range of issues, I believe lower- and middle-class New Yorkers would have preferred that the Governor focus on proposals that directly and effectively address the core economic issues facing them. The skyrocketing cost of living, extremely high taxes, and absence of good paying jobs are leaving too many New Yorkers shut out of the American Dream. They are working harder than ever before, but have less and less to show for it. It is no wonder that New York State ranks first in outmigration; we are losing families to other parts of the country because they cannot afford to stay here.

“With a multi-billion-dollar budget shortfall this year, which is predicted to be substantially more next year, the need now is greater than ever before to send independent-minded and practical problem-solvers to Albany to find innovative ways address these issues. There are commonsense policies within grasp that will help hardworking New Yorkers achieve financial security and upward mobility, and lawmakers must work together to put families first and make it easier for all New Yorkers to live, work, raise a family and, ultimately, retire in our great State,” Khojasteh said.

Sarmad Khojasteh, an attorney and a first-time candidate, and his wife, Anjella, live in Bedford, where they are raising their two young children. Sarmad was born in Iran in 1981, and his family emigrated to the United States in 1982 after the Islamic Revolution. The Khojasteh family settled in Poughkeepsie in 1983, where Sarmad’s father worked as a polymer chemist for IBM and his mother worked as commercial layout designer. They also ran a small business in Peekskill for twenty-five years. Educated in local public schools, Sarmad graduated from Colgate University and went on to earn his J.D. at the University of Chicago Law School where he was a member of the University of Chicago Law Review. He is currently a commercial litigation partner at Kasowitz Benson Torres, LLP.