Long Island Elections: Voter’s Guide 2012


U.S. SENATE

Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D,WFP,I) www.gillibrand.senate.gov

Gillibrand, 45, was an upstate Representative living in Brunswick who replaced Sen. Hillary Clinton in 2009 when she became Secretary of State. She’s a champion of transparency in government, and fought to obtain health insurance rights for Ground Zero’s First Responders and community survivors, repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and protect women’s reproductive rights.


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Wendy Long (R,C) www.wendylongfornewyork.com

Long, 52, an attorney in Manhattan, left private practice and formed the Judicial Confirmation Network (now the Judicial Crisis Network), which calls for the confirmation of federal judges “with a record of judicial restraint and respect for the Constitution.” She was once a law clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas. She believes in protecting life from conception, without exception.

Colia Clark (G) www.coliaclark.org

Clark, 72, who lives in New York City, believes that having free education from kindergarten to graduate school should be a constitutional right. She calls for a single payer health care system, would ban the use of drones in the war on terror, legalize marijuana and re-invest in the nation’s infrastructure.

Chris Edes (LBT) www.vote-for-chris.net

Edes, 33, a civil liberties activist from Rochester, is the former state chair of the Libertarian Party of New York and now sits on the board of directors of the Genesee Valley Civil Liberties Union. He’d abolish the Transportation Security Administration, audit the Federal Reserve and reverse the “continual assault on our civil liberties.”

John Mangelli (CSP) www.johnmangelliforsenate.com

Mangelli, 46, an attorney in Bayville, believes that the federal government has encroached upon state rights. He wants to stand up for “the silent majority” and wouldn’t take a vote in the Senate without hearing from his constituents first. He says he would truly represent the middle class because he’s not rich like the incumbent and her Republican challenger.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

1st District

Rep. Timothy H. Bishop (D,WFP-Southampton) www.timbishop.house.gov

Bishop, 62, has spent the last decade representing the East End. The former Southampton College provost has concentrated his efforts on the economy, veterans’ affairs and the environment. He is the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment and also serves on the House Education and Workforce Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Randy Altschuler (R,C,I) randy2012.com

Altschuler, 41, a millionaire entrepreneur living in Smithtown, is making his second run for Bishop’s seat. Currently, he’s executive chairman of CloudBlue, a company he co-founded in Georgia that provides recycling services for electronic equipment around the world. He touts his plans for job creation and tax cuts for businesses. He’d repeal Obamacare.

2nd District

Rep. Peter T. King (R,C,I,TRP-Seaford) www.peteking.house.gov

King, 68, is serving his tenth term in Congress. As chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, the Seaford Republican has been outspoken on national security issues and is a fierce advocate of the war against terrorism. King is also a strong supporter of the defense budget and veterans’ benefits.

Vivianne C. Falcone (D,WFP) www.falconeforcongress.com

Falcone, 55, a former adjunct professor at SUNY Farmingdale and a Bellport school teacher, says she’s fighting to “bring middle class” values to Congress. The West Islip resident also supports women’s rights to make their own decisions on health care and would push for more spending on infrastructure projects to rebuild America’s roads and bridges.

3rd District

Rep. Steve Israel (D,WFP,I) www.israel.house.gov

Israel, 54, a former Huntington Town councilman, has been in Congress since 2001 and now serves as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The Dix Hills Congressman champions his advocacy for veterans and middle class families. He recently pushed for funding to combat declining water quality for the Long Island Sound.

Stephen A. Labate (R,C,TRP) www.labateforcongress.com

Labate, 44, a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, is making a second run for Israel’s seat. The North Babylon Republican wants to shrink the size of government and has said that he will try to repeal Obamacare if elected. He’s been endorsed by Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) and former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Anthony Tolda (CST) www.tolda2012.com

Tolda, 30, who’s making his second run against Israel, is a financial consultant who wants to fix the economy, restore civil liberties as outlined in the Bill of Rights and return our currency to the gold standard. He’d abolish the income tax for individuals and corporations and audit the Federal Reserve.

Michael McDermott (LBT) www.mcdermott2012.com

McDermott, 59, is a Huntington Station resident and real estate broker. He believes the two major parties have paralyzed Washington, D.C. with their partisan gridlock, and the American people have consequently been ill-served. He would cut foreign aid and spend the money on domestic infrastructure.

4th District

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D,WFP,I-Mineola) www.carolynmccarthy.house.gov

McCarthy, 68, has been a member of Congress since 1996, earning a reputation as a fierce advocate for gun safety. She has called for a ban on assault weapons and enacted legislation regarding stricter background checks for gun purchasers. She serves on the Financial Services Committee and helped pass the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act.

Francis X. Becker, Jr. (R, TRP) www.beckerforcongress.com

Becker, 59, a long-serving Nassau County legislator from Lynbrook, is making his second run for Congress and is hoping that the redrawn district pushes him over the top this time. A staunch fiscal conservative, he says he wants to bring common sense to Washington, support House Republican “pro-growth” policies and restore the American Dream.

Frank Scaturro (C) www.frankscaturro.com

Scaturro, 40, an attorney from New Hyde Park, won a write-in campaign to secure his spot on the November ballot. He believes in reducing the size of the federal government, repealing Obamacare and cutting corporate tax rates. He’s the president of the Grant Monument Association, a nonprofit group he founded.

5th District

Rep. Gregory W. Meeks (D-Bayside) www.meeks.house.gov

Meeks, 59, who lives in Far Rockaway, Queens, blames House Republicans for squelching economic growth and choosing “politics over progress.” His redrawn district includes parts of Nassau. He’s co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on U.S.-Russian Trade and Economic Relations. He supports President Obama’s call for reducing taxes on the middle class.

Allan W. Jennings, Jr. (R) www.vote-ny.org/intro.aspx?state= ny&id=nyjennings allanwjr

Jennings, 45, a former New York City Councilman living in South Ozone Park, ran against Meeks in the Democratic primary and lost, but won in the Republican primary because he was unopposed. He says he is willing to “work with anybody who’s going to help this district.”

Catherine Wark (LBT) www.catherinewarkforcongress2012.com

Wark, 58, an artist who lives in Kew Gardens, Queens, is committed to family and community preservation as well as the Libertarian Party’s goal of limited government, sound money, free markets, individual rights and no nation building or policing the world. She believes that “all three branches of government have overstepped their constitutional limitations.”

STATE SENATE

1st District (Suf)

Kenneth LaValle (R,C,I, STR-Port Jefferson) www.nysenate.gov/senator/kenneth-p-lavalle

LaValle, now 73, first entered the Senate in 1976 representing the Island’s easternmost district, and became chairman of the Senate Committee on Higher Education three years later. He takes credit for getting state money to help Stony Brook University break ground on its new computer science building and establish a burn unit at Stony Brook University Medical School. He authored the historic Pine Barrens Preservation Act of 1993.

Bridget Fleming (D, WFP) www.flemingforsenate.com

Fleming, currently a Southampton Town councilwoman and a former assistant district attorney in Manhattan, wants to focus on jobs, the economy, clean energy issues, the environment and taxes. A Noyack resident, she takes credit for creating the teen-run Flanders Farmers Market and bringing the Youth Build program to Southampton. She’s critical of the Long Island Power Authority’s recent contract extension giving National Grid another 15 years running the inefficient Port Jefferson power plant.

2nd District (Suf)

John Flanagan (R,C,I-Smithtown) www.nysenate.gov/senator/john-j-flanagan

Flanagan, now 51, served 16 years in the State Assembly before being elected to the State Senate in 2002. As chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Education, he focuses on the fair distribution of state aid to schools and claims credit for adding $250 million more in support of districts with the highest needs, whether upstate or downstate. He took the lead in banning the sale of salvia divinorum, synthetic marijuana and “bath salts,” as well as legislation to help cut down on illegally prescribed painkillers.

Errol Toulon Jr. (D)

After recently joining Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s administration as an assistant deputy county executive, Toulon has suspended his Senate campaign, although his name will appear on the ballot.
3rd District (Suf)

Lee Zeldin (R,C,I-Shirley) www.nysenate.gov/senator/lee-m-zeldin

Zeldin, now 32, is running for his second term. An Iraq War veteran and former federal prosecutor, Zeldin practices law in Smithtown. He claims credit for repealing the MTA Payroll Tax and the Saltwater Fishing License Fee. A Shirley resident, Zeldin chairs the Senate Transportation Committee and Consumer Protection Committee, and serves on the veterans, military affairs and Homeland Security Committees, among others.

Frank Genco (D) 631-277-1644

Genco, 59, a former Islip School Board member who was also executive assistant to the Islip Town supervisor, is making his first run for the Senate. Now living in East Islip and working at the Suffolk Board of Elections, Genco calls himself a true supporter of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s policies. A sport boater in the Great South Bay, he supports regulation of recreational boating and environmental protection and has a keen interest in women’s health issues.

4th District (Suf)

Ricardo Montano (D,WFP) www.montanoforsenate.com

Montano, 62, has represented the 9th Legislative District in Suffolk since 2003. At the Suffolk Legislature he is chairman of the Ways and Means Committee and vice chairman of the Parks and Recreation Committee. The son of an Assemblyman, Montano was born in the Bronx, moved to Long Island when he was a teenager and graduated from Brentwood High School. He later was a senior trial attorney with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and became executive director of the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission in 1981. He says he can better represent the changing demographics of this Senate district than his opponent.

Philip Boyle (R,C,I) www.boyleforsenate.com

Boyle, 51, has represented the 8th Assembly District for 14 years. A staunch fiscal conservative, he says he’s been focused on reducing government spending and lowering school property taxes. An active volunteer firefighter and practicing attorney, he says he’ll uphold the Senate Majority’s Republican agenda. In the Assembly, he is the ranking member on the committee on ways and means and serves on the codes, aging, banks, judiciary, libraries and education technology committees.

5th District (Nas/Suf)

Carl Marcellino (R,C,I,TRP-Syosset) www.nysenate.gov/senator/carl-l-marcellino

Marcellino, 69, has represented the 5th Senate District since 1995. A self-proclaimed environmentalist, he’s authored more than 100 environmental laws. He chairs the Committee on Investigations and Government Operations and serves on the rules, finance, banks, consumer protection, cultural affairs, education, environmental conservation and labor committees. A former science teacher in New York City, he was first elected to public service as the Oyster

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David B. Wright (D) 516-674-0954

Wright, 50, who currently works at the Nassau County Board of Elections, is a former high school guidance counselor and college advisor at LIU Post. He wants to focus on the environment and promote the interests of Long Island’s institutions of higher education. On the fiscal front, he supports Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s tax cap. A proponent of clean energy, such as wind and solar, he is opposed to hydrofracking for natural gas in New York State.

6th District (Nas)

Kemp Hannon (R,C,I, TRP-Garden City) www.kemphannon.com

Hannon, 66, has spent 13 terms in the State Senate and a dozen years prior to that in the Assembly. A long-serving chairman of the Senate’s health committee, he’s claimed credit for drafting legislation regarding drug-insurance programs for the elderly as well as an assisted living program, plus helping enact Child Health Plus and extending insurance coverage for autism, prostate and breast cancer screenings.

Ryan Cronin (D,WFP) www.cronin4ny.com

Cronin, 31, is a Garden City lawyer making his first run for public office. He supports raising the minimum wage, protecting women’s reproductive rights and tightening gun-control laws. He’s also an advocate for campaign-finance reform. He’s been endorsed by his local teachers’ union, supermarket workers and retail workers. He says the state Senate is overdue for much-needed reform.

7th District (NAS)

Sen. Jack Martins (R,C,I,TRP-Mineola) www.martinsforsenate.com

Martins, 45, is the former mayor of the Village of Mineola. In the Senate, he opposed the MTA Payroll Tax, sponsored the School Bus Mandate Relief Act and co-sponsored measures to require insurance companies to cover screening, diagnosis and treatment for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. He chairs the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government.

Daniel S. Ross (D,WFP) www.votedanross.com

Ross, 27, is making his first bid for state office. Last year he ran unsuccessfully for commissioner in the Manhasset-Lakeville Water and Fire District, where he’s a captain and a volunteer. Ross, a Manhasset resident with business experience working for Deutsche Bank in New York and London, is currently the general manager of Gran Prix Subaru in Hicksville. He supports the minimum wage and opposes hydrofracking near the state’s watershed.

8th District (NAS)

Charles Fuschillo, Jr. (R,C,I,TRP-Merrick) www.nysenate.gov/senator/charles-j-fuschillo-jr

Fuschillo, 52, is running for his eighth term in the Senate, where he says he’s led the fight against drunk driving in the state, such as sponsoring “Leandra’s Law,” which makes it a felony to drive drunk with a child in the car. He’s also taken credit for helping to create the Broad Hollow Bioscience Park at Farmingdale State College as a home for biotech startups. He chairs the Senate’s transportation committee.

Carol A. Gordon (D) www.carolagordonforsenate.com

Gordon, 59, is making her third try to unseat the incumbent. A Massapequa resident and collector of African American artifacts, she’s been a mental health clinic manager and patient advocate at the Dept. of Veterans Affairs. “Empowerment, education, information and activism” is her credo. She’s pro-choice and a populist.

9th District (NAS)

Dean Skelos (R,C, I,TRP-Rockville Centre) www.nysenate.gov/senator/dean-g-skelos

Skelos, 64, is the Senate majority leader, and as such is one of the most powerful politicians in New York. Now running for his 15th term, Skelos, a lifelong Rockville Centre resident, touts his work with the governor to pass the property tax cap. He sponsored Megan’s Law in New York, which pertains to the registry of convicted sex offenders, and helped to pass the Long Island Workforce Housing Act, which is intended to make homeownership more affordable. ‘

Thomas Feffer (D)

Feffer has formally suspended his campaign.

ASSEMBLY

1st district (Suf)

Fred Thiele, Jr. (D,WFP,I-Sag Harbor) www.assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Fred-W-Thiele-Jr

Thiele, 59, a former Southampton Town supervisor, has represented this district since 1995, and he’s been an avid advocate of open space acquisition and farmland preservation.
Unopposed

2nd District (Suf)

Nicholas Deegan (D) www.southoldtowndems.com

Deegan, 63, a native of Ireland, has been living in Southold for more than two decades and working in carpentry for a Suffolk County company. He is a Mattituck park district commissioner, a proponent of recreational opportunities and an advocate of smart land usage to benefit the whole community. He supports raising the minimum.

Daniel Losquadro (R,C,I-Shoreham) www.assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Dan-Losquadro

Losquadro, 40, is running for his second term. Among his major issues, he says, is reducing the burden of unfunded state mandates on Long Island’s school districts. He’s a former Suffolk County legislator and senior property claims estimator for an insurance company.

3rd District (Suf)

Edward J. Hennessey (D) hennessey.suffolk@gmail.com

Hennessey, 50, an attorney in Shirley, is a former Brookhaven Town councilman and Suffolk assistant district attorney. He wants the state to do more to help the South Shore fight pollution of its bays from the lack of sewers and road runoff. Besides fostering economic development, another issue he cites is improving traffic safety on Rt. 112 and CR 46. He has the Long Island Federation of Labor endorsement.

Dean Murray (R,C,I-East Patchogue) www.assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Dean-Murray

Murray, 48, who runs an ad agency based on LI, says he’s committed to reforming state government, cutting state spending and creating jobs. He recently sponsored a bill to let Patchogue use its surplus funds for its infrastructure projects. He serves on the banks, education, economic development, tourism and transportation committees.

4th District (Suf)

Steven Englebright (D,WFP,I) www.assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Steve-Englebright

Englebright, 66, has earned a reputation as a staunch environmentalist on LI. Trained as a biologist and geologist, he’s advocated for a state ban on baby bottles made with bisphenol-A (BPA), opposes hydrofracking, and supports clean energy. As chair of the parks committee, he helped Suffolk preserve open space and protect the Pine Barrens. He now chairs the governmental operations committee.

Deborah J. McKee (R,C) www.mckee4assembly.com

McKee, 57, who lives in Mt. Sinai, has co-owned a graphic art business and now works as a 911 dispatcher for the Suffolk Police. She says she’s committed to lowering taxes, creating jobs, cutting government spending and correcting the Assembly’s ethical lapses. She’s been endorsed by the Suffolk County Association of Municipal Employees.

5th District (Suf)

Victor E. Salamone (D,WFP,I)

He has formally suspended his campaign.

Alfred C. Graf (R,C,I-Holbrook) www.assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Al-Graf

Graf, 54, running for his second term, served in the Navy before becoming a New York City police officer. He then retired and earned an education degree and law degree, specializing in helping victims of domestic violence. He’s a member of the Senate’s aging, codes, education, governmental employees and judiciary committees.

6th District (Suf)

Philip Ramos (D,WFP,I) www.philramos.com

Ramos, 56, a former Suffolk County Police detective who lives in Brentwood, chairs the Assembly’s veterans affairs committee. He’s fought for more jobs in his district and sought to restore cuts to subsidized child care for working parents. He wants the state to help crack down on illegal guns so they don’t fall into the hands of gangs.

Manuel Troche (R,C) www.electmannytroche.com; manuel.troche56@gmail.com

Troche, 50, a Brentwood volunteer fireman, is senior production manager at Safeguard/Bradley Marketing Group, an Islip Republican committeeman and a member of the Brentwood Parade Committee. He vows to help businesses grow, bring common sense to government, and make the community safer.

7th District (Suf)

Christopher D. Bodkin (D) BodkinfortheAssembly@gmail.com

Bodkin, 65, former Islip Town councilman who switched parties a few years ago, wants to bring his knowledge of community concerns to Albany. A West Sayville homeowner and licensed Merchant Marine captain, Bodkin promises to preserve the quality of life by controlling taxes and promoting economic development.

Andrew Garbarino (R,C,I,MSP) www.facebook.com/pages/Garbarino-for-Assembly-2012 /308911375873938; 631-836-4163

Garbarino, 28, an attorney in his family’s Sayville law firm, wants to revitalize Long Island’s downtown areas to “keep Long Islanders on Long Island.” He also wants to push for unfunded state mandate relief and government ethics reform. He’s been endorsed by the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association and Suffolk County Association of Municipal Employees.

8th District (Suf)

Jesse A. Safer (D) 631-258-6915 or www.smithtowndems.com

Safer, 58, a Smithtown resident, is making his first run for political office. Currently a senior trial attorney for GEICO, he’s served for two years as a New York State property tax hearing officer handling property tax grievances and has also taught attorneys in continuing legal education programs. He wants to focus on the economy.

Michael J. Fitzpatrick (R,C, I-Smithtown) www.assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Michael-J-Fitzpatrick

Fitzpatrick, 55, is running for his sixth term. He’s a fiscal conservative who works as an investment associate for a financial services firm in Port Jefferson. A St. James resident, he spent 15 years on the Smithtown Town Council before joining the Assembly. He serves as the ranking minority member on the Assembly Housing Committee.

9th district (Nas/Suf)

Jay Cherlin (D) jaycherlin@aol.com

Cherlin, 60, an innovative health-care administrator who resides in Massapequa, is an adjunct professor teaching health services administration at Berkeley College and vice president of the Long Island Coalition for a National Health Plan. He supports the New York Health Bill, now in committee, which would cover every state resident, from infants to the elderly.

Joseph Saladino (R,C,I,TRP) www.assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Joseph-S-Saladino

Saladino, 51, is running for his fifth full term in office after winning a special election in 2004. He boasts a record of reducing taxes and making the striped bass the official state fish. The former broadcast journalist also created a task force committed to protecting youth from heroin addiction and prescription drug abuse.

10th District (Suf)

Joseph Dujmik (D) www.joe4ny.com

Dujmik, 33, a lawyer who lives in Huntington Station, has worked as an assistant county attorney in Suffolk, where he specialized in prosecuting dead-beat parents for child support. He’s a proponent of smart growth, helping to spur small business with tax incentives, increasing environmental protection, and securing relief from unfunded state mandates.

Chad Lupinacci (R,C,WFP,I) www.facebook.com/pages/Chad-Lupinacci-for-NYS-Assembly /394741273925312

Lupinacci, 33, a lifelong resident of South Huntington, is a full-time professor at Farmingdale State College and an adjunct professor at St. Joseph’s College and Hofstra University, where he got his law degree and his MBA. He is endorsed by the Suffolk County Correction Officers Association.

11th District (Suf)

Robert K. Sweeney (D,WFP,I) www.assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Robert-K-Sweeney

Sweeney, 63, a former Lindenhurst Village Clerk, has served in the Assembly since 1988. He’s championed health care legislation, genetic testing standards, clean energy research, stricter boating safety requirements and increased funding for the Environmental Protection Fund. He chairs the Assembly’s Environmental Conservation Committee.

Rashad Cureton (R) www.facebook.com/BabylonGOP or 631-226-4500; dn15mello@aol.com

Cureton, 21, an Amityville resident, is a recent graduate from Stony Brook University with a degree in political science. He played varsity lacrosse for the Seawolves. Last year he switched to the Republican Party and is currently working at a law firm in Islandia. This is his first run for political office.

12th District (Suf)

Andrew P. Raia (R,C,I) www.assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Andrew-P-Raia

Raia, 44, an East Northport resident, is running for his sixth term. He is the ranking minority member of the Assembly’s committees on aging and banks.
Unopposed

13th District (Nas)

Charles D. Lavine (D,WFP,I) www.assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Charles-D-Lavine

Lavine, 65, an attorney living in Glen Cove, has fought against gun trafficking, campaign finance reform and ethics legislation. As chairman of the Assembly’s administration regulations review commission, Lavine focuses on improving small business practices and streamlining government oversight. He’s also sought to improve veterans’ services. He sponsored the original marriage equality bill.

Louis Imbroto (R,C) www.imbroto.com

Imbroto, 28, a Plainview resident, is the policy and government affairs manager at the Long Island Contractors’ Association, where he has fought to maintain Long Island’s roads and bridges. As a founding member of the Action Long Island Young Adult Alliance, he hopes to promote responsible development and to maintain the suburban quality of life.

Jeffery Peress (G) www.peressforassembly.info

Peress, 40, a Glen Cove resident, is a volunteer for the North Shore Sheltering program and a volunteer for the Glen Cove Fire Department. He’d legalize marijuana and raise the minimum wage. He strongly opposes hydrofracking and supports the use of hemp, hydroelectric, solar, geothermal and wind power for the environment.

14th district (Nas)

John E. Brooks (D,WFP) www.electjohnbrooks.com

Brooks, 62, a U.S Army veteran and insurance industry expert, was the first director of risk management for Nassau County. He wants to fix the dysfunction in Albany by imposing term limits, state spending caps and making the state budget more transparent. He’d redo the state funding formula for school aid.

David G. McDonough (R,C,I,TRP) www.assembly.state.ny.us/mem/David-G-McDonough

McDonough, 75, a Merrick resident, is running for his seventh term. Chairman of the Assembly Minority Task Force on Public Safety, he handles issues relating to homeland security, emergency services, police and law enforcement and the courts. He’s the past president of the Nassau County Council of Chambers of Commerce and active in the Kiwanis Club.

15th district (Nas)

Mario Ferone (D) www.facebook.com/MarioForAssembly

Ferone, 19, is a junior at Stony Brook University, studying economics and political government. Active in the student government, he’s worked on county and town elections. He wants to help families, elderly and young people struggling to stay on Long Island. He’d raise the minimum wage and increase low-interest loans to small businesses.

Michael A. Montesano (R,C,I,TRP) www.assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Michael-Montesano

Montesano, 58, a former New York Police Department detective, lives in Glen Head, where he practices law. First elected in a special election in March 2010, he is a member of the Assembly’s committees on codes, corporations, judiciary, labor, and oversight and investigation. He wants to focus on state-mandate relief.

16th district (Nas)

Michelle Schimel (D,WFP,I) www.assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Michelle-Schimel

Schimel, 55, is running for her fourth term. A board member of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, she is the sponsor of a bill to help law enforcement officials trace spent cartridges at crime scenes by requiring microstamping of semiautomatic weapons. She’s a member of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators.

Richard Stiek (R,C) www.stiek.net

Steik, 39, a U.S. Army veteran born in Texas who went to West Point, is an attorney now living in Port Washington. Supporting veterans is high on his list. He liked Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s tax cap but wants to further reduce government spending. He’d like to focus on unfunded state mandate relief.

17th district (NAS)

Kevin C. Brady (D,WFP) www.BradyforWorkingFamilies.com

Brady, 25, who lives in Levittown, recently got his Master’s degree in urban affairs from Queens College after graduating from Stony Brook University with a BA in political science. He’s co-founder of Save Levittown Planned Residence District, which fought to preserve the community’s character. He wants to raise the minimum wage.

Thomas McKevitt (R,C,I,TRP)

McKevitt, 41, is running for his fifth term. An attorney with a law degree from Hofstra, he’s been deputy town attorney for Town of Hempstead. He wants to focus on unfunded state mandate relief. He’s the ranking minority member on the Assembly’s committees on the judiciary and mental health.

18th District (NAS)

Earlene Hooper (D,I-Hempstead) www.assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Earlene-Hooper

Hooper, 64, a social worker by training, has been an administrator in the state Department of Social Services, Division of Children and Family Services and is a member of the executive board of the Public Employees Federation. She lives in Hempstead. As the deputy Assembly speaker, she is the highest ranking woman in the state legislature.

Elton McCabe (R,C) www.facebook.com/#!/elton.mccabe?fref=ts or 516-564-5329

McCabe, 46, is a civic leader who lives in Uniondale, a Hempstead Town engineering inspector and a Persian Gulf War veteran. He wants to focus on keeping property taxes low, schools funded properly, attain afterschool funding and provide unfunded state mandate relief. He’d like to use homeland security grants to help the county’s first responders.

19th District (NAS)

Gary B. Port (D) www.garyportforassembly.com

Port, 50, a West Hempstead resident, is the founder and past president of the West Hempstead Chamber of Commerce. A lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve and an attorney in private practice, he specializes in defending service members, their dependants and retirees. He wants to focus on job growth for the county. He also supports term limits.

Edward Ra (R,C,I,TRP) www.assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Edward-P-Ra

Ra, 30, a Franklin Square resident, is running for his second term, having been redistricted from the 21st. An attorney, he has been the deputy town attorney for the Town of Hempstead and a legal aide in the state Attorney General’s office. He is a member of the Assembly’s committees on codes, education, health, labor, racing and wagering.

20th District (NAS)

Harvey Weisenberg (D,WFP,I) www.assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Harvey-Weisenberg

Weisenberg, 78, the assistant speaker pro tempore in the Assembly, has been a teacher, an administrator and a former police officer in Long Beach, where he lives. He’s still an ocean lifeguard. Some of his key issues are maintaining the quality of education and public health. He’s a strong advocate for people with disabilities.

David Sussman (R,C,TRP) www.sussman2012.com

Sussman, 62, is a physician in Brooklyn who lives in Lawrence, where he’s been a member of the Lawrence Board of Education for 17 years. He says he views the Assembly as a part-time job. He wants to improve public education as well as create jobs and produce tax relief.

21st District (Nas)

Jeffrey S. Friedman (D,WFP) www.friedmanforassembly.com

Friedman, 43, is a Rockville Centre resident, a self-described “PTA dad” and “fiscally conscious moderate.” A non-practicing attorney, he wants schools to receive more money from the state not through raising property taxes, which he believes already places too high a burden on the middle class, but by obtaining mandate relief.

Brian F. Curran (R,C,I,TRP-Lynbrook) www.assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Brian-Curran

Curran, 44, an attorney who lives in Lynbrook, was the assistant village prosecutor of Lynbrook, a former Nassau County deputy attorney and a former Lynbrook mayor. He’s a member of the Assembly’s committees on aging, banks, ethics, labor and veterans’ affairs. He helped sponsor a bill to tighten regulations on body-piercing and tattooing.

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Michaelle Solages (D,WFP) www.michaellesolages.com

Solages, 27, an Elmont resident and Hofstra University graduate, is a community activist, a freelance photojournalist, a paralegal and the supervisor of access services at Hofstra’s Axinn Library. A member of Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 153, she’s been endorsed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, the AFL-CIO and the Nassau County Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.

Sean Wright (R,C,I,TRP) seanforassembly@gmail.com; www.facebook.com/messages/seanwrightlaw

Wright, 43, a North Valley Stream resident, is a deputy attorney for the Town of Hempstead and a deputy village prosecutor for Valley Stream. He wants to ensure that schools on Long Island aren’t shortchanged. This is his first race for public office.

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Joanne Maglione (D)

Maglione, 42, a Republican attorney living in Massapequa Park, was picked by the Nassau Democrats. She has served as the Deputy County Attorney in Nassau. She says she is running to keep the tax burden low and pledges to be an independent voice in the legislature.

Michael Venditto (R) www.facebook.com/VendittoForNassau

Venditto, 31, a Republican attorney who lives in Massapequa, was picked by the Nassau Republicans to hold the seat, which has been in Republican hands since the legislature’s inception in 1996. The Hempstead Town Board’s legal counsel, whose father is Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, says he wants to hold the line on property taxes.

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