Bova is not typical candidate for New York State Assembly
“Someday my granddaughter might come to me and say, ‘Grandpa I have to leave the area to find a job,” Dennis Bova, candidate for NYS Assembly 119th district said. “That’s gonna kill me.”
There are a lot of reasons Dennis Bova is running for the seat in state government. The main one is his one-year-old granddaughter. He says the first time he held her his whole world changed, and he knew there was something bigger than himself he needed to take on.
“I look at her and think, ‘what is going to be left for you?” he shook his head. “So many people have to leave the state when they grow up. That means that I have to try to change New York to give our kids the opportunities they need. I had to ask myself ‘am I really doing enough?’”
Prior to this race, Dennis Bova had never been involved in politics. For the past twelve years, he has been a surgical tech.
“I’ve gotten to touch spinal cords and feel the pulse in my fingers. I’ve taken bullets out of people. I’ve held my hand on carotid arteries and stopped people from bleeding out.”
His website, Dennisbova.com describes him as “not your typical political candidate.”
Before working in the medical field, he served in the Army and the Army ROTC, and he was a junior broker for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. He has also driven trains for CSX, helped run a machine shop that made screws, nuts, and bolts for plastic injection molds, and while in college, he interned in Adventureland at Walt Disney World in Orlando.
“When I worked for Disney the lesson I learned was treat everyone equal, treat everyone as if that was the only vacation they were ever going to take and make it the most magical vacation they ever have,” he said. “At the end of the day, it’s about people. We have to look at how we’re treating the number one resource we have in this world-each other. It’s not about me, it’s not about you, it’s about us.”
“Dennis has done a lot of different things,” his wife Tracy said. “We’ve done a lot of different things together. It didn’t surprise me when he said he wanted this to be our next adventure. Whatever we make up our minds to do, we accomplish it together.”
“The only way you can learn about life is by living life,” Dennis insists. “How can you help someone if you’ve never been poor? How can you talk to someone in manufacturing if you’ve never worked on the floor? How could you talk about health care if you’ve never gotten your hands dirty? I’ve done all these things and I’ve worked for a Fortune 500 company!”
Bova wants voters to know that he does not consider himself a representative of the “status quo” and he doesn’t plan to be a lifelong politician. His goal is to serve four terms for a total of eight years. He is very concerned that the people of the state aren’t being listened to.
“My position is that I am pro-life, but the problem we run into with politics is “what does it matter what my position is? The question is what is your position? At the end of the day, I am going to do the job for the people. My job is to get the people what they want.”
“They’re saying the Downtown Hospital is cutting edge but they’re not buying one new piece of equipment which is really the most important part,” Bova says. “We live in an area that is very heavily Medicare/Medicaid so it’s very important that we put every dollar we can into healthcare. What it’s going to cost to level six blocks is a lot more than it would cost to clear away some trees at St. Lukes.
I work for Mohawk Valley Health Services, I’ve worked for every hospital in this area. There are two things you don’t skimp on in a community, education, and healthcare.”
“He sees there is so much outside of the operating room that he can help people with,” his wife Tracy said, “He has been following all the issues all these years, but particularly health care.”
“I hear a lot about hardship, about making ends meet,” Dennis said. “Finding work and working hard every day. People are worried about how they will send their kids to college. It tears at you. Too many people just bury their head in the sand and pretend nothing’s wrong.”
“We all know there’s a need for changes,” Tracy observed.
“He’s always been a fighter,” Jim Zecca added. “We need candidates who think outside the box. That’s why the Reform party endorsed him as well. He won their party line.”
Dennis Bova’s favorite quote comes from our 35th president, John F. Kennedy, “Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”
“Why does everything have to be a dirty little war?” Bova asks rhetorically. “Most people that you talk to in the real world just want to be in the middle. We have to bring balance to Albany.”