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Five Questions with Steve Hawley

Every Sunday, we'll publish a quick Q&A with someone from the local political world. Instead of touching on the latest in policy issues and proposed legislation, the intent is to catch a glimpse of the person behind the title. The interviews are done via email.

Stephen Hawley

The basics
Age: Over 40 - barely.
Job title: NYS Assemblyman, District 139 (all or parts of Niagara, Genesee, Orleans and Monroe counties.) 
Family: Two sons, one grandson.
Education: Bachelor's, education, University of Toledo.
Party affiliation: Republican.
Previous work experience: Genesee County  legislator, 8 years; Genesee Valley BOCES Board of Education, 8 years; Genesee County Planning Board, 2 years; owner, Steve M. Hawley LLC Insurance Agency; real estate Sales Bob Harris Realty Inc.; former owner-operator Hawley Farms.
State salary: $79,500.

The questions
What's your favorite restaurant?
Any restaurant that serves clams, oysters, mussels, Ahi Tuna, shrimp.  

What’s the best part of summer in Western New York?
Weather and bicycle riding.

What's one thing people don't know about you?
I worked my way through college working for Penn Central RR, H.O. Nichols Mens Clothing Store, Laborer for a construction company, ice cream sales route, tire and battery changer for Sears and grew up and operated our family farm.

Who's your political hero?
 My father, former NYS Assemblyman R. Stephen Hawley, and of course Ronald Reagan.

What's the worst part of your job?

 I love all facets of my job as an Assemblyman, except for putting over 40,000 miles a year on my vehicle.


-- Jill Terreri

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