I was born in Lockport, New York and raised on Bright Street, the eldest son of Frank and Maria DiPasquale, two Italian immigrants who taught me the meaning of hard work. I started delivering the Union Sun Journal newspaper when I was 11 and it was at that early age when I learned the importance of community. Growing up in Lockport, I worked at Foodland Supermarket, Hunter’s Horn Restaurant and at the Lockport Mall. While at North Park Junior High School, I became involved in stage productions at the Taylor Theater at the Kenan Center where I first cut my creative teeth. I served as Senior Class President of Lockport High School in 1983 and supervised Grossi Park on West Avenue.
I graduated from Syracuse University and moved to Los Angeles where I lived and worked for more than a decade. I started my career in television at ABC and continued at Fox Broadcasting. I eventually started my own production company, Bright Street Pictures and produced the films “Any Mother’s Son” for Lifetime Television and “A Father for Brittany” for CBS. I then furthered my education earning both my Master of Arts and Doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo. I was a teacher at the Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts, Buffalo State College, Daemen College and the University at Buffalo where I helped to create the Film Studies program as well as the Buffalo Niagara Film Office. I continue to lecture and produce television, film and stage projects most recently for the City of Buffalo, the American Overseas School of Rome, the Michigan Street Church, the Kavinoky Theater, the Italian Cultural Center and WGRZ Television in Buffalo. My community involvement continues today as a speaker and as a member of the Digital Arts Advisory Board at Niagara County Community College and Citizens Against Pollution of Niagara.
After my mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, I moved back to Bright Street and lived next door to her to provide daily care. After my parents’ deaths, I was inspired by local environmental activists and became educated about the poor quality of our air, water and soil. The facts that I now know about the quality of our local environment deeply disturb me and motivate me to run for office. For as long as I can remember, I have helped to serve others whether it was as a paperboy, waiter, retail clerk, city park leader, class president, resident advisor, film producer, teacher, volunteer, or most importantly as a son. This community is my home and it deserves fresh ideas and vigorous leadership for it to realize its fullest potential. The state of our local environment, the overwhelming corruption in Albany and my sincere and deeply held belief that education is the way to provide greater opportunities for our young people has lead me to seek your vote as your Assemblyman. If given the honor of serving you, I vow to work diligently and with integrity to represent in Albany ALL of the people of District 144. I live here as do my family and friends, and I have a vested interest in building a healthier, more honest, vibrant and successful future for us all.