Tom Wilson (New York politician)

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Tom Wilson (born September 4, 1963) is the Mayor of Tuxedo Park, New York and a 2012 Democratic candidate for the United States Congress in New York's newly re-drawn 18th District,[1] which is composed of all Orange and Putnam Counties and parts of Westchester and Dutchess Counties.[2]

Wilson's father was a United States Navy fighter pilot in Vietnam, a TWA pilot for 30 years, and also a member of the Airline Pilot's Union. Wilson himself attended public elementary school where he met his wife Alyssa in the 5th grade. After going through the Darien Public School System, Wilson was accepted into Bowdoin College and later worked in Bridgeport, CT, building inner-city public-private partnerships. For the last 11 years, he has worked in the financial services industry in Manhattan. He previously worked as an independent commodity trader on the floor of the New York Board of Trade at the World Trade Center.

Wilson got his start in public service when he co-founded the Tuxedo Land Trust (TLT) in 2006 when he saw a $15 billion real estate developer trying to cut down 2,300 acres of forest to build 2,000 homes, and threaten contamination of drinking water for hundreds of thousands in the Ramapo River and Tuxedo Lake. Wilson currently serves as the Managing Director of TLT.[3]

In 2010 Wilson was elected to the Village of Tuxedo Park Board of Trustees and shortly thereafter elected Elected Mayor of Tuxedo Park in 2011. In January 2012, Wilson announced his candidacy for United States Congress and has been campaigning in the Democratic Primary in hopes of unseating incumbent Republican Congresswoman Nan Hayworth. The Democratic Primary date is set for June 26, 2012.[4]