Dan Buttermann announced Tuesday that he plans to seek the Democratic Party nomination for the Assembly. Oneonta currently resides in the 121st Assembly District. The new legislative district maps have not yet been finalized following the 2020 census.
“Now is the time for change in Albany. The census showed us in clear terms what we have feared – Central New York is losing people, and we must turn that around. Families across New York and our country have suffered in the last two years, and they cannot be ignored any longer,“ Buttermann said.
Buttermann has served his community as a member of the Oneonta City Schools Board of Education, the Board of Directors of Opportunities for Otsego, and the Oneonta Concert Association.
In 2017, he organized the planning team that presents the annual TEDx events in Oneonta, which brings together citizens from diverse backgrounds and experiences to hear inspiring ideas from the TEDx stage and to connect with each other.
By taking this initiative, Buttermann said he has brought big ideas about farming, business development and leadership to his community.
Additionally, Buttermann has served on the Oneonta Planning Board; is president of the Oneonta Rotary Club; a member of the NAACP, Farm Bureau, and the American Federation of Musicians Local 443; performs clarinet regularly with the Oneonta Community Concert Band and the Catskill Symphony Orchestra; and teaches courses in business at Hartwick College.
Buttermann was named one of “20 under 40” by the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce in 2015.
Buttermann has also been an advocate for many organizations, he added, and has helped raise over $6,000 in 2021 for several local non-profits addressing food insecurity, veterans outreach programs and addiction services.
Buttermann graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Clarinet Performance, and later from Southern Methodist University (SMU) with a master’s degree in business administration.
Buttermann lives in Oneonta with his wife, Ana Laura, and their three daughters, Malena, 12, Layla, 9, and Nadia, 7.
The seat in the 121st Assembly District is currently occupied by Republican John Salka, of Brookfield.
For more information, go to buttermannforassembly.com.
“We are at a pivotal time in our state and country. Now is the time for action. We can and must rebuild our economy for the 21st century. We must reach every household and business with high speed internet, and cell phone coverage,” Buttermann said. “As your representative, I will put constituent services first by listening to each and every person. I will include farmers, educators and business owners in the process of bringing forward the best ideas. My first, and most important promise is to listen.”
“I am excited for the future of New York and eager to be our voice and advocate in Albany. We have the chance to secure energy resources that protect our environment and grow our economy too – a win-win. We can rebuild our schools so that every child, in every school, will succeed. The world is changing, and we can capture the best parts of that change.”