Businessman Rick Zaccaria announced Monday his run for the 50th State Senate District being vacated by John DeFrancisco.
Zaccaria is a lifelong New Yorker who was born and raised in East Syracuse and later moved to Baldwinsville, where he has lived for 23 years, raising his three children with his wife, Natalie. Zaccaria is the president and founder of his own company, Zaccaria Development, operating a chain of UPS Stores in Onondaga County.
“State Senator John DeFrancisco has dedicated his life to public service and has the gratitude of myself and so many New Yorkers,” said Zaccaria. “It’s crucial for our next State Senator to pick up Senator DeFrancisco’s mantel to keep the Manhattan special interests from taking this State Senate seat away from the people of upstate New York. As a business owner, I know what it takes to create jobs and the damage that downstate liberal policies can have on our small businesses. As a father and grandfather, I want to ensure that every student has access to a safe and quality education. The people of New York deserve someone who will continue to fight for the families across our region, and that’s exactly what I’ll do as our next State Senator.”
“Rick Zaccaria is a proven leader who knows first-hand what it takes to balance budgets and create jobs,” said Van Buren Town Supervisor Claude Sykes in a news release from Zaccaria. “Zaccaria will continue John DeFrancisco’s work for the people of New York, fighting back against the New York City liberals and Albany bureaucrats who are causing millions of our family, friends, and neighbors to flee New York.”
“Rick Zaccaria is a lobbyists worst nightmare,” said Matthew Cullipher, CEO and Founder of The People Project. “Rick will put our families first. I have seen his integrity and his selfless work ethic firsthand. We need Rick Zaccaria in the State Senate, we can’t afford any less.”
In 2014, Zaccaria challenged and lost to Democrat William Magnarelli in the election for the 129th Assembly district seat.