Biography

Assemblyman Colin Schmitt
Colin J. Schmitt was elected to the New York State Assembly on November 6, 2018, to represent parts of Orange and Rockland counties.

Prior to his election to the Assembly, Colin served as Chief of Staff for the Town of New Windsor, where he helped oversee the town’s day-to-day operations and delivered real results for local residents.

Specifically, Colin played a key role in the town’s historic ethics reform. He wrote legislation to modernize the town ethics code and revamped its dormant ethics committee—providing a template for local government reform.

By bringing together the county, town and the private sector, Colin helped secure significant economic development investment for the community and hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant funding for various town projects, including restoration of the historic New Windsor Woodlawn Cemetery and the establishment of a town tree committee and Arbor Day celebration honoring first responders and veterans.

Colin is a graduate of Valley Central High School, where he served as student representative to the board of education. After high school, Colin put himself through college utilizing a combination of jobs, scholarships, and student loans to earn a degree in Politics with a minor in Theology and Religious Studies from The Catholic University of America, Pi Gamma Mu honors.

While still in high school, Colin joined the staff of then-Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt--beginning as a volunteer, then becoming an intern and eventually the youngest aide ever hired by the New York State Assembly.

As a college student, Colin founded and chaired a nonpartisan government reform political action committee (New Dawn NY) that promoted ethics reform, budget reform and job creation. Through New Dawn NY, Colin successfully created the grassroots “Stop NY Double Dip” campaign that garnered local, statewide, and national media attention.

After college, Colin joined the staff of Senator Greg Ball, serving as Director of Operations for the NYS Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee.

In 2015, Colin was honored by the Lymphatic Education and Research Network and “Connor’s Spartans” for his work as a state Senate staff member on behalf of the lymphatic disease community.

Colin is a member of the Army National Guard. He completed Army Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, GA, and finished as distinguished honor graduate from Fort Lee as a 92A automated logistics supply specialist. He is currently assigned to the 1569th Transportation Company in New Windsor, New York Army National Guard.

Colin is a member of numerous community, civic, and fraternal organizations. He is a parishioner of St. Mary’s Washingtonville.

Colin is an alumnus of Empire State American Legion Boys State and proudly represented New York at American Legion Boys Nation. Colin regularly supports the Boys State program, including an annual keynote address to the new class of Staters.

Colin’s father is a retired FDNY Lieutenant and his sister is a local police officer. His mother, Jill, is a certified ADAC counselor. Many of Colin’s extended family are members of area labor unions.

Colin resides in New Windsor with his wife, Nikki Pagano-Schmitt. The pair were married in the fall of 2018 and had a beautiful Hudson Valley wedding.

For the 2019-20 Legislative Session, Colin has been named as the ranking Minority member of the Assembly Committee on Local Government. He also has been selected to serve on the Banks, Housing, Labor, and Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development committees.