Meet Tracy Mitrano

Running For Congress

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Tracy Mitrano is a cybersecurity expert, teacher, and mother. She was born and raised in Western New York and has lived in the Southern Tier and the Finger Lakes throughout her adult life.

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Tracy is a teacher, proud mother, and cybersecurity policy expert who knows the value of hard work and will do whatever it takes to help NY-23 sow our fields, grow our businesses, and harvest the incredible potential of our communities.

Tracy was born and raised in Rochester to an Italian and Irish family and has spent her whole life in Western and Southern Tier New York. She learned early the meaning of a hard day’s work in her father’s restaurant in downtown Rochester. Tracy went on to be the first member of her family to go to college because her parents believed that getting an education would give her choices in life that they did not have. In large part because of their sacrifice, Tracy went on to receive a PhD in American History from Binghamton University and a law degree from Cornell. 

In her community, Tracy sat on the town planning board from almost ten years and was a trustee to the Tompkins County Public Library. In addition, Tracy served as assigned counsel attorney for many years in NY, earning reduced wages to represent people who did not have the funds to represent themselves in custody, abuse, and neglect cases. As a teacher and administrator, Tracy worked personally with hundreds of students teaching them, mentoring them, helping them prepare for the next stage in their lives and to become meaningful members of society.

In her career, Tracy taught American History, family and social policy, and Internet law and practiced corporate and family law before becoming the Director of Information Technology Policy at Cornell University. In 2014, Tracy opened an information management, security, and privacy consulting business and, in 2016, created a cybersecurity certificate program for the University of Mass- Amherst. Tracy was a member of the EDUCAUSE Board, the NY State Board of Education Task Force on Distance Education and the Tompkins County Legislature’s Broadband Committee. 

Tracy’s policymaking experience will allow her to start working on day one to develop legislative solutions to the challenges facing the district and nation. With decades of experience in large institutions, Tracy knows how to bring people together from different sides of an issue to make progress on complex subjects. Her experience in cybersecurity policy gives her a unique understanding of the threats that face our nation today and the ways in which our federal government has a role in protecting our privacy and keeping us safe. 

Tracy has long watched our communities suffer as the local economy lags. Too many friends and neighbors are losing farms and businesses. Families are split apart as children must move far away to find employment or, worse, succumb to addiction. Meanwhile, a political divide has grown in our district and divisive politicians, unmotivated by graft and corruption, exploit this rift to distract from their inaction on the issues affecting our daily lives.

Tracy was moved to step up and enter politics after watching our government’s inability to adequately address, stop or even comprehend the foreign interference in our 2016 elections, as well as the near daily attacks on our digital infrastructure in the form of ransomware and more. 

If elected today, Tracy would be the only cyber security expert in Congress.