Democrat enters field to represent part of St. Lawrence County in Assembly
Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 5:32 pm

Keith Rubino has announced his candidacy for the 118th Assembly District, which includes towns in southern and central St. Lawrence County. He will seek to run as a Democrat.

The seat is currently held by Assemblyman Marc Butler, R-Newport, who is not be seeking re-election.

“I’m running for Assembly because I want to level the playing field in New York by bringing more funding, jobs, and prosperity to Upstate New York,” Rubino said in an announcement of his candidacy.

Rubino and his wife, Holly, have been a lifelong residents of Herkimer. He received his associates degree in general studies at Herkimer County Community College in 2009 and his bachelor of arts in broadcasting and mass communication at SUNY Oswego in 2012. He is employed with the state of New York as a direct support attendant, working with the developmentally disabled. He is also a CSEA union member.

Keith says that he is looking forward to this campaign, but did not make the decision to run lightly.

“I want people to see someone young and passionate that truly intends on fighting corruption within Albany. I will fight for the rights of people with disabilities, people working with them, and the entire human services field. And I will fight for every person regardless of what political party they are so we can build a better tomorrow for every family.

Two Republican candidates, Philip Lloyd Paige and Patrick Vincent, have announced they will run for the 118th district and will face a primary on Sept. 11.

In St. Lawrence County, the district covers the towns of Madrid, Norfolk, Stockholm, Parishville, Pierrepont, Clare, Colton, Clifton and Fine. It extends south into Hamilton, Herkimer and Fulton counties, plus parts of Oneida County.