Brendan was born and raised in Dutchess County; his father was a corrections officer at Green Haven and his mother taught elementary grades in Wappingers Central School District.  His parents – and his Roman Catholic faith – helped him understand the importance of helping others from a very young age. Brendan attended St. Martin de Porres before graduating from Arlington High School in 1996.  He next graduated from the College of St. Rose with a Social Studies, Secondary Education degree in 2001. Brendan started as a leave replacement at FDR high school in 2002 and accepted a full-time teaching position at Arlington high school in 2003, where he works today. Brendan met his future wife, Katie, on a blind date at the Eveready Diner.  They married in 2013 and have a son who attends North Park Elementary and will enter first grade this fall. Brendan’s family, faith, and friends continue to guide him on his mission of public service.