David Buchwald

State Assemblyman

White Plains, NY

Pro-Growth Progressive Idea: Supporting investments in science and technology that grow the economy not just for a year or two, but for decades to come


David was elected in 2012 to the New York State Assembly, where he brings his experience as a local government official, his work as an economic analyst and an attorney, and his belief that public policy can help people obtain the skills and opportunities they need to provide for their families and contribute to their communities. In the Assembly, David has worked to strengthen ethics, make smart investments in infrastructure, and consolidate services in order to make government more efficient. Recently, he’s taken the lead on such issues as keeping the electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla in New York State and stripping pensions from convicted officials that violate the public trust.

Before serving in the Assembly, David worked at an economics research firm where his research focused on antitrust economics and then as a tax attorney. He was also a member of the White Plains Common Council, where he advocated for enhanced budget scrutiny, authored legislation strengthening the city’s code of ethics, and successfully pushed for zoning changes that brought dozens of good-paying jobs in scientific research to his community.

Pro-Growth Progressive Ideas Shared


Small businesses often do not have the resources to harness expertise in research and development. Meanwhile, scientific, technological and other research facilities are often looking for new projects. Funding the linkage between these two groups would lead to new opportunities for economic growth.


Assemblymember Buchwald is proposing to issue “Innovation Vouchers” to small businesses to acquire expertise from universities, national laboratories, or public research institutes. The goal of the program would be to connect research facilities to small businesses, helping create jobs and spur innovation.