The district covers the Town of Southeast.
Here are the questions, along with responses from Gross, 66. He's a retired Brewster High School teacher and a retired lieutenant colonel with the US Air Force.
Patch: Why did you decide to run for election?
Gross: I decided to run for a full term as a legislator from District 6 after having been elected last year to fill the unexpired term of Legislator [Tony] Hay. I would like to continue to serve the residents of Southeast. As chairman of the Protective Services Committee, I look forward in 2014 to the challenges and needs of our residents and the county as a whole.
Patch: What personal or professional experiences qualify you to serve?
Gross: As a teacher, I taught government and economics for many years. I had the opportunity to serve on the Brewster Board of Education for three terms. I worked on budgets, audits and, along with my colleagues, made critical decisions toward advancing the school district. I served on the Southeast Town Board for one term and was elected to a second term when I was appointed to the legislature. I have gained considerable experience learning from my colleagues at all levels.
Patch: What are the top three issues facing residents?
Gross: Taxes, development, jobs
Patch: Describe your campaign platform or how you differentiate yourself from your opponents' platforms?Gross: To faithfully serve the residents of Southeast, making sure the community receives the services promised and required. To serve the entire county recognizing their needs and concerns. A vision for the future: controlled growth of our county to include high tech companies moving to Putnam, a community college and a reduction of our county sales tax.
Patch: Should you be elected, what would you like to achieve over the course of your term?
Gross: Expansion of the women's jail, high tech industry locating in Putnam, maintaining a strong tax base to keep out local taxes affordable.
Patch: Is there anything we haven't asked that you would like the public to know about you or your candidacy?
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5.