Fred Akshar

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Fred Akshar
Member of the New York Senate from the 52nd District
Assumed office
November 4, 2015
Preceded by Tom Libous
Personal details
Political party Republican
Residence Endwell, New York
Alma mater Broome Community College
Website Official website

Frederick J. Akshar II is an American Republican politician from the State of New York. Since November 2015, Akshar has represented District 52 in the New York State Senate. [1]

New Yorks 52nd State Senate district

New York's 52nd State Senate district is one of 63 districts in the New York State Senate. It has been represented by Republican Senator Fred Akshar since a 2015 special election to succeed retiring fellow Republican Thomas W. Libous.

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Background

Akshar grew up in Afton the Southern Tier region of New York. He graduated from Broome Community College as well as the FBI Academy. [2]

Southern Tier Region in New York, United States

The Southern Tier is a geographic subregion of the broader Upstate New York region of New York State, consisting of counties west of the Catskill Mountains in Delaware County and geographically situated along or very near the northern border of Pennsylvania. Definitions of the region vary widely, but generally encompass localities in counties surrounding the Binghamton and Elmira-Corning metropolitan areas. This region is bordered to the south by the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania and both these regions together are known as the Twin Tiers.

New York (state) State of the United States of America

New York is a state in the Northeastern United States. New York was one of the original thirteen colonies that formed the United States. With an estimated 19.54 million residents in 2018, it is the fourth most populous state. In order to distinguish the state from the city with the same name, it is sometimes referred to as New York State.

FBI Academy academy located in Quantico, Virginia

The FBI Academy is the Federal Bureau of Investigation's law enforcement training and research center located near the town of Quantico in Stafford County, Virginia. Operated by the Bureau's Training Division, it was first opened for use in 1972 on 385 acres (156 ha) of woodland, which is not available for public tours.

A law enforcement officer, Akshar worked at the Chenango County Sheriff's Office and the Broome County Sheriff's Office. His work in law enforcement spanned 15 years, and he served as Captain of the Law Enforcement Division at the Broome County Sheriff's Office. [3] Akshar was named undersheriff of Broome County in June 2015. [4] Prior to his election to the New York State Senate, he also served on the Crime Victims Assistance Center Board and the Broome Opioid Abuse Council. [5]

Chenango County Sheriffs Office

The Chenango County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) is the chief law enforcement agency for unincorporated areas of Chenango County, New York, United States. The current sheriff is Ernest R Cutting Jr.

Broome County Sheriffs Office

The Broome County Sheriff's Office (BCSO), is the primary law enforcement agency for unincorporated areas of Broome County, New York, United States. As a constitutional officer the Sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer within his County. While operating primarily in the unincorporated areas of the County, the Sheriff's Office does have jurisdiction within the City of Binghamton and various incorporated towns and villages. The current sheriff is David E. Harder. Sheriff Harder joined the Sheriff's Office in 1961 as a Deputy Sheriff.

New York State Senate

In 2015, long-serving State Senator Tom Libous forfeited his Senate seat after being found guilty of lying to the federal authorities. [6] As a result, a special election was called in Senate District 52, and the Republican Party nominated Akshar (a political novice) to replace Libous. [7] While Democrats targeted the seat and ran former Broome County Executive Barbara Fiala against him, Akshar received nearly 78% of the vote and defeated Fiala easily. [8] He was re-elected in 2016 [9] and 2018. [10]

In July 2018, Akshar's staff confirmed that Akshar was "in a relationship with Jessica Williams, who until last week was on Akshar's payroll as his director of administration." A report indicated that Williams had "received eight salary increases and three promotions during her roughly 2½ years on Akshar's payroll, rising from a part-timer making $32,600 in 2015 to a full-timer making $85,000 today". [11]

Akshar was appointed chair of the Senate Republican Campaign Committee in December 2018, replacing Sen. Catharine Young. Young had attempted to oust Senate Republican Leader John J. Flanagan from his leadership position in November 2018, and Akshar had supported Flanagan. [12]

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In January 2019, The New York Times noted Akshar's frustration with the continuing push for transgender rights; when "State Senator Jessica Ramos...said lawmakers should go even further to help transgender New Yorkers," Akshar responded, "Jesus Christ! Further?" [13]

On January 23, 2019, Akshar voted against the NY DREAM Act, which passed both houses of the State Legislature. The bill would extend state financial aid to undocumented immigrant students who were brought to the United States as children. [14]

Personal life

During his 2015 campaign for New York State Senate, Akshar's opponent accused him of unethical behavior in connection with a 2009 motor vehicle accident involving the nephew of his then-girlfriend, Kate Newcomb. Akshar denied wrongdoing, [15] and no charges were filed following an investigation. [16]

In November 2016, PressConnects.com described Kate Newcomb, a captain in the Broome County Sheriff's Office, as Akshar's longtime girlfriend. [17]

As of July 2018, Akshar was dating former staffer Jessica Williams. [11] He announced his engagement to Jessica Fiacco (also known as Jessica Williams) in December 2018. [18]

In April 2019, Akshar was accused of engaging in an inappropriate relationship with the mother of a murder victim. At that time, Akshar acknowledged having had a "brief, consensual relationship" with Mirella Masciarelli some years earlier. Masciarelli was the mother of Mario Masciarelli, whose 2013 murder Akshar had helped to investigate; Akshar also testified at a pretrial hearing in the case. Masciarelli described Akshar as a "predator" who "'interjected himself into [her] life in a way that...was not professional as a captain in the Broome County Sheriff's Office'" and took advantage of her grief over the loss of her son. Akshar denied any wrongdoing and accused Masciarelli of engaging in an "attempted smear campaign". [19]

As of January 2019, Akshar resides in Endwell, New York. [20]

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References

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  13. "Democrats in Albany Let the Good Times Roll". 2019-01-16. Retrieved 2019-01-16.
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Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Libous
New York State Senate, 52nd District
2015–present
Incumbent