Born and raised in Schenectady, Antonio is a native of upstate New York. His parents worked for General Electric and benefited from a thriving regional economy. They worked hard to pursue the American Dream of building a better future for Antonio and his little brother. Antonio attended Colgate University, in Hamilton, New York, where he graduated with high honors and earned a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford. From there, he went to law school at Harvard, which is where he met his wife Lacey, a native of Woodstock and Kingston.
The values Antonio learned growing up – hard work, discipline, service, and character – helped him get a great education, and allowed him the opportunity to start his own company, empowering young people to learn through music, and then begin a second career as an attorney fighting for what’s fair and just.
Antonio decided to run for Congress because for too long, our leaders in Washington have failed to give voice to working people struggling to achieve the American Dream. For too long they have failed to provide a vision forward in an ever-changing global economy that’s left thousands in upstate New York behind. The past few decades have seen good-paying jobs like those at General Electric and IBM disappear, with fewer and fewer viable stepping stones for families seeking their share of the American Dream. We need leaders who will listen to the people and not put dollars over our democracy. We need leaders committed to restoring integrity back into our system of government.