I’m Michelle Ostrelich and I’m running for a seat on the Schenectady County Legislature. The adage “all politics is local” has long been a favorite of mine — and I can’t wait to prove just how true that is.

After graduating from Cornell University and law school, I practiced law until my husband and I started our family 14 years ago. I have had the privilege of being a stay-at-home parent to our two daughters. And in 2018 I had the honor of running for NYS Senate in the 49th district, enabling me to meet thousands of people who shared their stories with me, shared their hopes and dreams with me, and sometimes shared their heartache.

Long before that campaign, I’d spent time listening to people in my own community — as a neighbor, PTO co-president, president of the board of directors for a local community center, and as a trustee for a local hospital foundation.

These moments and conversations have only strengthened my commitment to making our community a better place to live and raise a family. Cities, towns and villages run smoothly when local government is at its best — ensuring that everything from library programs to health care are seamlessly available to all of its citizens. As a Schenectady County Legislator I’ll work tirelessly to make sure that happens.