Submitted on behalf of Stephan Monpremier
Buffalo resident Stephan Monpremier has announced his candidacy for Erie County legislator in the third legislative district. District No. 3 is a new district that now includes portions of Buffalo and the Town of Tonawanda, as well as the Town of Grand Island and Village of Kenmore.
Legislator Michael Kooshoian currently occupies the district seat.
Monpremier has been working in engineering management for the past five years, and is currently a junior project manager with the engineering department at the NFTA.
He was born in Queens and spent most of his childhood and teen years living with his family in Haiti. Monpremier escaped the island nation once violence escalated, returning to New York to complete his education and live a more prosperous life. He received a BS in civil engineering and a MS in sustainable transportation and logistics from the University at Buffalo.
Monpremier knows firsthand the importance of living in a community that provides opportunity and security, and has focused his candidacy on quality-of-life issues such as improving the infrastructure needs of the community. He draws on his own life experience of witnessing violent uprisings as the impetus to work toward creating safer streets.
“I am excited and proud to announce my candidacy for Erie County Legislature,” he said. “My motives for running are simple: To maximize the potential of this great county, to help improve the lives of the people I serve, and to give back to the community I am so proud to now call home.”
Monpremier is concerned about state government efforts to do away with gas appliances, particularly in a cold weather climate like Western New York where there are power outages and sometimes gas generators and appliances are necessary to stay safe. He is also concerned about how fentanyl and other illicit drug-use problems have devastated communities, families and inner cities.
“I look forward to meeting as many people as I can over these next several months, hearing from them and hearing how I can help them,” Monpremier said. “In government, we need to do less talking and more listening. And for the people who elect us, we need to be about more than just words and ideas. We need to be leaders who take action.”
Monpremier lives in Buffalo with his wife, Johanne, who he met while a student at UB; and their newborn son, Stevie.