Chris has been and is currently active in the different communities that he has lived, as well as volunteering his time for causes that are important to him.
One of the causes that Chris prides himself in, is the advocacy for Veterans. As a disabled Veteran, Chris knows the struggles that Veterans can face once exiting the military. He strives to listen and honor the service that our Veterans have made.
Chris was an 19k-M1 Tanker and served with the 3rd Infantry Division out of Fort Benning, Georgia. Chris obtained the rank of Specialist/E-4 during his time in the service. During his active time in the Army, Chris was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and two Army Achievement Medals for outstanding achievement during military service.
When Chris's military service ended, Chris joined the NYPD where he continued to serve fellow Veterans by helping Veterans file for VA disability benefits that they earned through service-connected disabilities. When retiring from the NYPD, Chris and his wife moved back to the Western NY area; finding their new home in The City of Tonawanda. Chris joined the American Legion Post 264 located right here in The City of Tonawanda and was elected 3rd vice commander from 2014-2015; where he is still a member.
When returning home, Chris worked at the University at Buffalo and focused on community service and volunteering. Chris was an advocate for Veterans returning to college by serving on the UB Veterans Steering Committee. In November of 2017, Chris was honored when asked to be the Veteran's Day Guest Speaker at The University at Buffalo, speaking out for all Veterans.
Chris was active on the UB Honors Guard from 2014-2018. Chris represented the University Police Department at annual Memorial Day, Veterans Day events as well as the annual celebration of President Millard Fillmore at Forest Lawn Cemetery. The Honor Guard also served at service members funerals.
In 2017, Chris was honored to be the UB Military Hero of the Game.
In August of 2019, Christopher was chosen to receive the 60th Senate District Veteran of the Month for his service to community. A great honor and recognition for his commitment to serve.
When Chris became Chair of the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Initiatives and Community Engagement, he immediately created a program to honor veterans right here in the City of Tonawanda. Chris worked with the Mayor to create a Veteran of the Month Program that would recognize an exceptional local veteran for their service and dedication to our country each month. In addition to receiving a personalized certificate from the Mayor, a duplicate of that certificate is displayed at City Hall for the entire month for all to see.
Chris is even more motivated now in helping his community and the Veterans in his community. He wants to ensure that Veterans aren't forgotten and that is just one reason why Chris is running for 2nd Ward Council.
"I can't imagine anything more rewarding than service to ones community."