Our Candidates


Senator Rob Rolison

Rob Rolison has earned a reputation as a dedicated public servant and proven leader who gets results.

On November 8, 2022, Rob was elected to the New York State Senate and he’s currently serving in his first term, delivering on issues such as public safety, affordability, and returning
authority to the local communities where our residents live. The 39th Senate District includes parts of Dutchess, Orange, and Putnam counties.

Prior to being Senator, Rob served as Mayor of the City of Poughkeepsie for two terms. Upon taking office in 2016, Rob inherited a city in severe economic distress. He very quickly and successfully turned the city around – reducing the general fund deficit by $10 million and saving the city from the brink of economic disaster.

Working closely with the Poughkeepsie City School District, Rob helped form the Children’s Cabinet to create a shared vision and cradle-to-career agenda for child and youth development throughout the city. The innovative concept is the only one of its kind outside of New York City.

Rob also led the effort to attract and retain members of the Police Department; as a result of his leadership on this initiative, the City earned a statewide award from the New York State Conference of Mayors.

Rob also led key infrastructure projects to create better roads, bridges, and sidewalks throughout the city. Thanks to Rob’s leadership, the City continues to invest millions of dollars to improve its parks.

Prior to serving as Mayor, Rob was a member of the Dutchess County Legislature for 12 years, representing the City and Town of Poughkeepsie. In this capacity Rob served as Chairman of the Legislature’s Public Safety as well as Children and Families committees. In 2010, he was elected by his colleagues to serve as Chairman, a position he held for six consecutive years. Throughout his tenure, he has been a champion for fiscal discipline, holding the line on taxes in both the City and County while still delivering the critical services people need. Rob has also been a committed fighter against unfunded mandates and staunchly opposes Albany’s multi-million-dollar Medicaid cost-shift to the counties.

Since age 18, Rob has been committed to serving and protecting the community. He has been a leading voice for public safety and has been a tireless advocate on behalf of families, children, and crime victims in Dutchess County and beyond.

Rob attended Marist College, majoring in Criminal Justice. In 1982 he joined the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department where he served 12 years in the Patrol Division. Rob worked his way up the ranks and was promoted to Detective, a post he held for 14 years.

During this time, Rob also became a state-certified Police Juvenile Officer. Rob was elected PBA President for two consecutive five-year terms before retiring in February of 2008. Upon retirement, Rob concluded a 26-year career protecting the Town of Poughkeepsie’s residents.

Rob was a Member of the New York Conference of Mayors and former Co-Chairman of the Crime Victims Committee of the Dutchess County Criminal Justice Council. He served as Chairman of the Hudson Valley Regional Council, on the Board of Trustees of Dutchess Community College and the Board of Directors of the Purple Heart Hall of Honor.

He was a State Advisory Board member for the Office of Children and Family Services and has also served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board, St. Simeon Board of Directors in the City of Poughkeepsie, Catharine Street Community Center’s Board of Directors, and the American Red Cross Dutchess County Chapter Board of Directors.

Rob is the son of the late Senator Jay P. Rolison, Jr. He is a lifelong resident of Poughkeepsie where he proudly raised his son Christopher and continues to reside with his wife, Lori.


Assemblyman Anil Beephan

Anil Beephan Jr. is a dedicated public servant committed to positively impacting his community. Elected as the NYS Assemblyman for the 105th Assembly District, he assumed office on January 1, 2023, promising to bring energy and compassion to tackle critical issues affecting his constituents. His district comprises parts of Dutchess County, including Amenia, Beekman, Dover, East Fishkill, Fishkill, LaGrange, Pawling, Union Vale, and Wappinger.

Anil’s journey in public service began as a volunteer firefighter for the East Fishkill Fire District, where he served for over eight years. Concurrently, he took on the role of Community Relations Specialist for Senator Sue Serino, gaining valuable insights into legislative affairs and local governance.

His passion for serving the public led to his election as East Fishkill Councilman in 2018, where he demonstrated transparency and accessibility in providing services to residents. During his tenure, Anil achieved significant milestones, including implementing term limits for town elected officials, supporting fiscally responsible budgets, and spearheading strategic economic development.

As an Assemblyman, Anil is committed to holding public utility companies accountable, providing consistent constituent services, and being present in the community. He advocates reducing wasteful spending, alleviating tax burdens, and securing additional funding for local schools, infrastructure, law enforcement, and emergency services.

Anil’s community advocacy is evident in his efforts to defend small businesses and religious freedoms. He continues to actively engage with state & federal officials to address issues impacting his constituents. He has launched initiatives like the #HometownHotspots tour and “Hudson Valley Goes Blue” to support law enforcement. With a background as a state senate staffer, private sector professional, and successful Councilman, Anil Beephan Jr. brings a wealth of experience and firsthand knowledge to his role as NYS Assemblyman.

He is the first Republican of Indian/Caribbean descent to serve in the state legislature and a private pilot.


Alison Esposito was born and raised in Highland Mills, New York. She attended the State University of New York at Delhi, City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy at Quantico, Virginia.

Alison proudly served in the New York City Police Department for nearly 25 years, rising to the rank of Deputy Inspector and Commanding Officer of the 70th Police Precinct. Following in the footsteps of her father, NYPD Chief Michael Esposito, Alison joined the force because she believes that those who are in danger, and cannot defend themselves, have the right to be safe, free, and protected.

Alison was a member of the Anti-Crime team, a plainclothes unit targeting violent street crime. After taking down some of the worst criminals, she joined the NYPD’s Emergency Services Unit (S.W.A.T. Rescue Team). She served in various other roles, including the Commander of Detective Squads, NYPD’s Gang Unit, and as the Commander of a Forensics Unit. Her career culminated as a Precinct Commander.

Alison was on a path to becoming an NYPD Chief but left a career in law enforcement to pursue a greater calling, running as the New York State Lieutenant Governor candidate alongside Congressman and Army veteran Lee Zeldin.

The Zeldin-Esposito ticket garnered more votes than any Republican statewide in decades. Throughout their historic state-wide campaign, Alison traveled to all 62 counties and heard from New Yorkers from all walks of life who were fed up with the outsized power of one-party Democrat rule in Washington, D.C., Albany, and New York City.

Now, Alison is committed to harnessing the energy of the commonsense wave, which brought New Yorkers from all walks of life and political ideologies together with the common purpose of putting the needs of their families and creating a better way of life before their political backgrounds.

Alison has witnessed fatally flawed pro-criminal policies like cashless bail, an ever-growing migrant crisis overtaking our country, a fatal fentanyl crisis, sky high inflation, and rogue District Attorneys refusing to enforce the law, contributing to our cities and states becoming less safe.

Now more than ever, New York needs capable, determined, and courageous leaders with integrity who will protect everyday New Yorkers, drive down their cost of living, and be their voice in Congress to fight against the failed policies of those progressive elected officials who have turned away from their constituents and chosen to put Power before People.

Alison resides in Goshen, New York.


Mike Lawler to Congress

Congressman Mike Lawler proudly represents New York’s 17th Congressional District which includes Rockland County, Putnam County and portions of Westchester and Dutchess Counties.  He was named by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to the prestigious House Committee on Financial Services and House Committee on Foreign Affairs.  Prior to winning his seat in Congress, Mike represented New York’s 97th District in the State Assembly where he served on the Committees on Aging, Banks, Education, Housing, and as the Ranking Member on Governmental Operations.

The fact that Congressman Lawler, as a Republican, was able to win a district that President Biden won by 10 points in 2020 and is home to 70,000 more registered Democrats than Republicans, is a testament to his bipartisan, pragmatic approach to governing.  In the Assembly, that meant additional funding for law enforcement and first responders, tax relief for middle class families, and historic funding increases for our schools in the Hudson Valley. 

Mike has a long history of public service. Prior to being elected to the State Assembly and Congress, he served as the Deputy Town Supervisor in Orangetown and was a Senior Advisor to the Westchester County Executive.

Mike also served as Executive Director of the State Republican Party and previously founded his own government affairs and public relations firm. He graduated from Manhattan College with degrees in Accounting and Finance and was Valedictorian of his graduating class.

Mike is a lifelong Hudson Valley resident. He grew up in Rockland County and graduated from Suffern High School. Mike lives in Pearl River with his wife, Doina, and their daughter Julianna.

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