|Name||Mark J. Schroeder|
Buffalo, New York , United States
Nov 22, 2010 09:28pm
Pro-Gay Marriage - Pro-Life -
|Info||Independent, tireless, and compassionate, Mark J.F. Schroeder has dedicated his time in the New York State Assembly to standing up for his constituents in Albany and getting results for them back home in western New York. |
“If Teddy Roosevelt came back to life to oppose Mark Schroeder, we'd have to think long and hard before backing TR,” said the Buffalo News, who also called Schroeder a “perpetual motion machine” with a “solid record of achievement” who “values the taxpayers’ dollar” and “stands up for what he thinks is right.”
During his first term in the Assembly, Schroeder stood up for middle class families, held an informational health fair for seniors, made efforts to protect the Erie County’s veteran’s office from budget cuts and consolidations, and pushed legislation that protects children from sexual predators.
He is currently spearheading two major economic development projects which are dramatically improving conditions in his district. The Buffalo River Project includes the construction of two riverfront parks – one in the historical Old First Ward neighborhood at the mouth of the Buffalo River, and the other upstream in a wooded area in West Seneca. The Seneca Street Redevelopment Project focuses on making physical upgrades to the streetscape on one of his district’s major commercial thoroughfares.
Schroeder left a successful career in the private sector in 2001 in order to serve the public as a county legislator. In that role, he started the South Buffalo Education Center, which offers free GED and computer classes. More than 200 students have earned their GED and countless more have completed the computer training since the school first opened its doors in 2002. As an assemblyman, Schroeder has advocated that more resources and attention be devoted to adult education across the state.
The same year he opened the school, Schroeder also started The Greater South Buffalo Chamber of Commerce, which now has more than 200 members and holds several annual community events which are attended by thousands. Schroeder has used his partnership with all of the chambers of commerce in his district, as well as his role on the Assembly Committee on Small Business, to help the businesses that he calls “the backbone of our economy.”
Schroeder has also earned a reputation as someone his constituents can turn to when they have a problem, whether it be minor or major.
Schroeder grew up in South Buffalo, attending St. Thomas Aquinas School before graduating from Public School #72 and Bishop Timon High School. He earned an Associate’s degree from Erie Community College and a Bachelor’s degree from Empire State College.
Schroeder lives on Coolidge Road in South Buffalo with his wife Kate Horan Schroeder, and has three children, Matthew, Michael, and Allison.