Sam was first elected in 2015 and is running to serve a second four-year term. Sam Fein grew up in Massachusetts, moved to the Capital Region in 2008, and to Albany in 2013. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Union College in 2012. Sam's family history begins in the South End of Albany - his great grandfather, Isadore Breslau, a rabbi and U.S. Army chaplain in both world wars, grew up in Albany. Sam's great-grandfather's brothers owned Breslaw Brother’s Furniture on South Pearl Street. Albany was place of opportunity for Sam's family and he is working to make Albany a place of opportunity for all of its residents.
Sam is fighting for government to do more to address inequities in the county. Since taking office, Sam has consistently fought for economic, racial, environmental, and social justice issues. Shortly after taking office, Sam proposed and passed legislation "banning the box" for county jobs, which prohibited inquiries about criminal history on county job applications.
Sam has also proposed legislation to ensure county agencies do not inquire about immigration status, co-sponsored paid sick leave legislation, and has consistently advocated for greater inclusion of underrepresented groups in government. Sam has made addressing issues of blight and vacant buildings a top priority, and has proposed increasing funding for the Albany County Land Bank to rehabilitate vacant buildings and help people become homeowners.
Sam is very engaged with his community, and is actively involved in many neighborhood associations, community organizations, and actively keeps in touch with constituents through community meetings, regular emails, and social media. Sam is always accessible to his constituents, assisting people regularly on issues from responding to questions about a local law to assisting someone with a housing issue.
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