Steve Greenfield, 56, was born in The Bronx and raised along the waterfront of south Queens before moving to Manhattan to attend Columbia University. He is an Eagle Scout, a 1978 graduate of John Adams High School, and a 1982 graduate of Columbia College, where he majored in economics, with a sub-specialty in the effects of military spending.
Steve made his career in music, playing saxophones and keyboards, the course of which has included extensive United States, Canadian, and European travel, and, over the last 17-plus years during which he has been raising his family in New Paltz, throughout the 19th Congressional District in nightclubs, restaurants, car shows, and the public events of many towns.
Steve is a member of the Executive Board of the Hudson Valley’s Local 238-291 of the American Federation of Musicians, where his efforts are focused on improving the region’s live music economy, wages, and work conditions. He is a graduate of the New York Police Academy’s Citizens Police Academy.
Steve is proud of his record in public education, which includes successful teamwork with other board members and administrators against standardized testing mandates and Common Core; changes in how the Ulster County Industrial Development Authority awards tax breaks to developers (and corresponding increases to existing property taxpayers); successful hiring and oversight of construction firms; environmental and safety improvements; the prevention of the construction of a sewage plant alongside New Paltz High School; and improvements to the education and personal well-being of students, teachers, and support staff. He continues his advocacy for complete replacement of the burdensome and income insensitive property tax school funding system that has shattered New York’s families and limited opportunity for educational progress, and, if elected, will pursue a federal role in accomplishing that.
Steve is also proud of the role he played, as press contact, in public events in New Paltz in 2004 that led to the establishment of marriage equality in New York State; his role in getting the Village and Town of New Paltz to be among the first municipalities in the nation to adopt resolutions in defense of safeguarding local police practices and citizen civil liberties in response to restrictions in the Patriot Act not in service of national security; as well as his unsuccessful, but ongoing, efforts to prevent and end our numerous undeclared wars and occupations throughout the world, and return their human and financial costs to their homes and families, and our numerous unfulfilled domestic priorities.
His other local public service includes the Ulster County Volunteer Firemen’s Association, the New Paltz Land Use and Transportation Committee that brought pedestrian, cycling, and public transportation improvements, the New Paltz Government Efficiency study group that saved local taxpayers millions of dollars, chairing the Ulster County School Boards Association Legislative Action Committee, Adopt-A-Highway cleanups, chaperoning school field trips, and teaching fire safety and emergency procedures to preschoolers and elementary school students. He has been a public affairs commentator at Radio Kingston-WKNY for the past two months, which in the interest of ethics will be suspended for the duration of the campaign. Steve is married, with three teenaged children, a dog, and a cat.