Where do you live?

I grew up on Masten Lake, but I am currently living in Mongaup Valley.

What do you do for a living?

I work for my father at 52 Automotive in Monticello as a mechanic.

How long have you been up here? What led you here?

I’ve lived up here my whole life and moved to  Mongaup Valley with my girlfriend four years ago.

How many pets do you own?

I have one dog, Shadow, and two cats.

What song describes your life upstate?

The one that would be most fitting for now would be “Jessica” by the Allman Brothers Band.

What do you think about when you’re in the woods?

I try not to really think when I’m in the woods. Most of the time I’m on my dirt bike so I really like to let go of all my problems for that moment and ride.

Spring or Fall?

Spring. It’s the start to a beautiful summer.

Route 17 or 97?

17.

Hunting or foraging?

Hunting.

Subaru Wagon or Ford Pick-up?

Subaru Wagon.

Favorite restaurant?

Frankie and Johnny’s in Hurleyville.

Favorite swimming spot?

Rope swing at the Neversink gorge.

Someone should open up a ______ here.

1/4 drag strip

Name three things a local should not be without.

Chain saw, a good pair of boots and all wheel drive.

One tool that you use practically every day.

My 1/2 inch Snap on impact gun.

What are some common errors you see new locals make?

They do not give it a chance. They do not appreciate the beauty around them.

What are some lessons you’ve learned?

Never rush on anything. Always take your time.

What advice would you give someone interested in moving upstate?

Come with a open mind, enjoy the outdoors and get ready for long winters.

What keeps you here?

My family, friends and business.