Fred Akshar

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Fred Akshar
Member of the New York Senate from the 52nd District
Assumed office
November 4, 2015
Preceded byTom Libous
Personal details
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceEndwell, New York
Alma materBroome Community College
WebsiteOfficial website

Frederick J. Akshar II is an American Republican politician from the State of New York. Since November 2015, Akshar has represented District 52 in the New York State Senate. The district includes Broome County and Tioga County, as well as portions of Chenango and Delaware Counties.

Background[edit]

Akshar grew up in Afton the Southern Tier region of New York, and graduated from Broome Community College, as well as the FBI Academy.[1] He resides in Endwell, New York.[2]

A law enforcement officer, Akshar worked at the Chenango County Sheriff's Office and the Broome County Sheriff's Office for over fifteen years, serving as Captain of the Law Enforcement Division and as Undersheriff.[3] Prior to his election, he also served on the Crime Victims Assistance Center Board and the Broome Opioid Abuse Council.[4]

New York State Senate[edit]

In 2015, long-serving State Senator Tom Libous forfeited his Senate seat after being found guilty of lying to the federal authorities.[5] As a result, a special election was called, and the local Republican Party nominated Akshar, a political novice, to replace Libous.[6] While Democrats targeted the seat and ran former Broome County Executive Barbara Fiala against him, Akshar received nearly 78% of the vote and defeated Fiala easily.[7] He was sworn into office on November 4, 2015, and was re-elected in 2016 and 2018.

In 2019, the New York Times reported Akshar's frustration with continuing push for transgender rights, mentioning that when "State Senator Jessica Ramos...said lawmakers should go even further to help transgender New Yorkers," Akshar replied, "Jesus Christ! Further?" [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Akshar: 'Serving the community' is behind senate run". Press&Sun Bulletin. 2015-10-24. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  2. ^ "State Sen. Fred Akshar asks NY constituents about legalizing recreational marijuana". Pressconnects. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  3. ^ "Akshar sworn in as new Undersheriff". Binghamton Homepage. 2015-06-25. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  4. ^ "Akshar among state lawmakers to host opioid epidemic discussion". Pressconnects. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  5. ^ "State Senator Tom Libous found guilty of lying to the FBI". New York Post. 2015-07-22. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  6. ^ "Akshar tapped as GOP candidate for Senate". Press & Sun Bulletin. 2015-08-03. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  7. ^ "Akshar wins race for NYS 52nd Senate District". WBNG. 2015-11-05. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  8. ^ "Democrats in Albany Let the Good Times Roll". 2019-01-16. Retrieved 2019-01-16.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Libous
New York Senate, 52nd District
2015–present
Incumbent