Colin Schmitt is committed to public service. Colin is a member of the Army National Guard and chief-of-staff for New Windsor’s town government. Previously, Colin served as Director of Operations for the NYS Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs. Colin and his fiancée, Nikki, live in the Town of New Windsor.
As Chief-of-Staff for New Windsor, Colin works with Supervisor George Green and is deeply involved in all aspects of town government. Colin helps oversee the town’s day-to-day operations and has 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, including the recently announced Café Spice expansion. Colin worked diligently to ensure Café Spice, a major regional employer, remained in New Windsor and is able to expand and grow. The impact has been immediate, with new jobs created and filled with local residents.
Colin helped secure 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 Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt--beginning as 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 frequently notes being a member of the Army as the greatest achievement of his life.
Colin is a member of numerous community, civic and fraternal organizations. He is a parishioner of St. Mary’s Washingtonville. He previously served as a member of the board of directors for the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Council of Orange County.
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 is engaged to Nikki Pagano, they have a Fall Hudson Valley wedding planned.