Craig Brendli

Dutchess County Legislature, District 8

Craig will continue to bring important representation to the Dutchess County Legislature!

Biography

As Dutchess County’s only out LGBTQ legislator and life-long Hudson Valley resident, Craig has had the honor and privilege to represent the City and Town of Poughkeepsie in the Dutchess County Legislature for the past 6 years.  
 
During his tenure in the Legislature, Craig has been an advocate for youth programs, environmental issues, project labor agreements, and fiscal responsibility. He prioritizes constituent services, ensuring he is meeting the needs of his community. Throughout his time in the Legislature, Craig has fought for fairness, transparency, and accountability for his constituents. Outside the Legislature, Craig has been an educator for the past ten years, working in high needs Title 1 schools. He is actively involved in the LGBTQ community and a strong voice for equality.  
 
Craig’s priorities for his next term include supporting the development of a youth center, expanding mental health and addiction services, implementing more green and environmental initiatives, ending pay-to-play in local politics, and renegotiating a local sales tax agreement in favor of local municipalities.

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