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Brandon Menard

Updated: Nov 27, 2023

"Compassionate, Determined, and Resilient"

Constituent Liaison for Assemblyman D. Billy Jones Hometown: Mooers Forks, N.Y. Age: 28 Education: Bachelor of Science in Communications with a minor in Political Science from SUNY Plattsburgh

How does company culture impact you and what do you do to contribute to your company culture? In our office, the standard is to be an asset to our North Country communities and to help our constituents work through their issues. I do my best to live up to those expectations and work towards exceeding them every day.

Tell us about your community involvement. I’m a member of our local Knights of Columbus as a 4th Degree Knight, a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 912 in Rouses Point, as well as a Clinton Community College Alumni Board Member.

What attracts you to your peer group? What’s important to me is a person’s story. Everyone has had different life experiences and moments of growth to become who they are today. It is vital to have people in your life you can learn from and grow with.

What strategies do you use to approach the day? I like to set a list of priorities for the day. That allows me to take care of the most pressing jobs first, while I work my way down the queue. Having a list allows me to rearrange my priorities depending on the circumstances presented.

What is something that no one would guess about you? I have two first place awards, along with one second place award, from the New York State Associated Press and received an Excellence in Broadcasting Award from the New York State Broadcasters Association for work done in my previous career.

What important lesson have you learned in your career? Give people a chance, because someone once took a chance on you. Bet on yourself. A new opportunity can be scary, but if you believe in yourself, you’re already halfway there. Always do what you can to help others in need.

What is the biggest risk you have ever taken? Leaving a successful career in journalism to pursue a career in my second love — politics.

How can the North Country improve its *Gen IQ? We need to think outside the box and adapt to the current times. If we dare to be great, we will attract greatness, and other regions will look at us as an example of how they can better themselves.

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