Amy Hope Witryol of Lewiston has announced her candidacy for the New York State Senate in the 62nd District, which encompasses Niagara County, Orleans County and western Monroe County.
Witryol spent her career in banking, lending to businesses to support growth and investment. She rose to the level of senior vice president and senior risk manager for Fleet Bank.
Her work also included helping to turn around companies troubled with too much debt, too much spending, or too many failed investments. Witryol's financial recovery experience is well suited to addressing the state's fiscal crisis.
As a volunteer, Witryol has spent the past several years working to hold government accountable.
She is widely respected for her knowledge and work to prevent expansion of a national toxic waste dump owned by Waste Management Inc. in Niagara County. This experience has also provided her with insight into how money in politics can lead to decisions that are not in the public interest.
Witryol is inspired by the sensibility and perseverance of Orleans County residents who successfully won the battle to prevent the siting of a Waste Management Inc. landfill there. She is devoted to preserving that success. She is also inspired by family farms and committed to preserving agriculture as a key economic engine for the district, and as a way of life.
Witryol, 51, is dedicated to taking the money out of politics, which she considers the biggest obstacle to keeping the public safe; lowering taxes; and improving the economy. "To reduce taxes and create good jobs we need to take the money out of politics," says Witryol.She is a member of the League of Women Voters and the New York Farm Bureau. Witryol is a graduate of the Edwin O. Smith School of the University of Connecticut and American University.