Tony Arquiett is seeking his third term as a St. Lawrence County Legislator representing his neighbors in the Towns of Brasher and Lawrence and part of the Town of Massena and in District 13. He is unopposed.
Tony is an avid hunter and outdoorsman, an ATV and boating enthusiast and he recently took up snowmobiling. He has been a leading advocate of the St. Lawrence County Multi-purpose Recreational Trail System and has worked alongside Deb Christy and the rest of the St. Lawrence County Trail Advisory Board for the past decade to make the trail a reality.
Despite his youth, Tony is one of the most accomplished Labor Union Leaders in the long and storied history of the St. Lawrence County Labor Movement. Tony accepted employment with General Motors Powertrain in 1985 and began his political career early on with the United Auto Workers. He served as member of the union’s Executive Board and went on to chair that very same board before being elected Vice President and ultimately President of UAW Local 465.
Tony provided untiring leadership prior to GM’s closure to provide as many options as possible to his membership. He was appointed to serve as an International Union Representative in the United Auto Workers headquarters in Detroit, Michigan. He has since mentored other local and regionally-based union leaders who have faces similar closure threats. Tony returned to Brasher in 2009 and accepted employment at the New York Power Authority as a mechanic. He is an active member of IBEW Local 2032.
He Chairs the North Country Redevelopment Taskforce, a body that was created by the St. Lawrence County Legislature to address the remediation and redevelopment of the former General Motors site, and the Northern Corridor transportation Group, a body devoted to advocating for the development of a stand-alone, limited-access, four-lane highway that would be built to interstate standards and connect I-81 near Watertown to I-87 near Plattsburg.
His love of the outdoors and his commitment to his Brothers and Sisters of Labor are dwarfed by his love for his family. A resident of Brasher, Tony is the doting son of Bill and Keitha Arquiett who still live nearby on their family farm. He and his wife, Wendy, were married in 1995.
WHY TONY IS RUNNING
He is running for re-election to continue the truly important work that he has done to promote tourism, economic development and fair working conditions for public and private sector employees.