Fred Akshar has dedicated his career to serving and protecting the citizens of the Southern Tier. In 15 years with the Broome County Sheriff’s Office, he’s helped private citizens and enforced the laws.
His law enforcement experience touched on every level of the Sheriff’s Office operations, and provided Fred an intimate knowledge of people, communities and concerns across the entire region.
A graduate of the FBI Academy and Broome Community College, Fred rose rapidly through the Sheriff’s Office ranks, gaining experience and increased responsibility, from conducting dangerous undercover work to supervising every major criminal investigation as Captain of the Law Enforcement Division, to Undersheriff—second-in-command—where he was responsible for 250 deputies, detectives and other personnel, managing a $33.9 million budget and maintaining the Office’s high professional standards.
He’s running for the State Senate because he wants to use his career experience, passion and energy, as well as the lessons and values he learned growing up in the small, rural community of Afton, where hard work, dedication and perseverance were valued and recognized, to help improve the quality of life and create better opportunity for everyone in the Southern Tier.
Fred is a powerful champion for crime victims and for protecting young people from the scourge of dangerous drugs, like heroin. He continues as a volunteer member of the Crime Victims Assistance Center Board and the Broome Opioid Abuse Council, where he’s used his firsthand experience in combating drug trafficking and intervening on behalf of victims of drug addiction to advocate for better education, prevention and treatment for heroin’s victims.
As our State Senator, Fred’s priorities will continue to focus on battling drug addiction and making our communities safer, as well as strengthening the Southern Tier economy, fighting for our fair share of economic development and education aid from Albany, and helping small businesses and manufacturers succeed and create jobs.