It’s time to choose
ISLIP TOWN—This Tuesday, registered voters in all of our reader areas should head to the polls to make a decision on the next representatives in government office. This year the positions are for New York State governor, attorney general, comptroller, Assembly, Senate, U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, in addition to several judgeships.
The polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. Anyone uncertain if they are registered to vote or might be unsure as to where to vote should contact the Suffolk County Board of Elections at (631) 852-4500.
Here are some of the candidates we have covered in detail in our previous editions.
NYS Assembly 9th District
Christine Pellegrino (D), incumbent
The candidate, who is from West Islip, was elected last year in a special election to replace Joseph Saladino, who was appointed Oyster Bay town supervisor. The reading educator has been an outspoken critic of Common Core and helped to lead the Long Island opt-out movement. She co-sponsored legislation to remove mandatory use of state assessments in teacher evaluations. In addition to education, areas of focus include better water quality, wastewater management and working with other levels of government for changes to the federal tax code.
Mike LiPetri (R)
This is a first-time political run for this South Farmingdale attorney. If elected, he said he would concentrate on working to lower taxes and increase economic development and higher-paying jobs to help slow the exodus of young people from Long Island. LiPetri said he’d focus on eliminating chemicals polluting our waterways as well as the MS-13 issue taking too many young lives. He would like to see more apprenticeships in the trades and more treatment programs for those battling addiction.
NYS Assembly 7th District
Andrew Garbarino (R), incumbent
First elected in 2012, the Sayville native, who is an attorney, has been opposed to the Common Core teaching methods and supports the Long Island opt-out movement. In regard to the opioid crisis, he believes in having tougher sentences for those dealing drugs and more treatment programs for those addicted.
He also supports the widespread use of the lifesaving drug Narcan.
He would like to see areas of his district sewered and said he’d work toward that goal.
Thomas E. Murray III (D)
Murray is an environmental attorney and Bayport resident. He said if elected he’d work to make sure Long Island gets their fair share of state aid. He said he’d work to put a lid on mega-developments and get funding for better treatment programs for drug addicts. Another area of concern is the dysfunctional Sunrise Highway Oakdale Merge that he’d like to see rerouted for commuters. He’d like to see government uphold standards in the protection of the environment and a ban on high nitrogen-producing fertilizers and pesticides. He’s in favor of strict gun control laws in the state.
NYS Senate 3rd District
Monica Martinez (D)
Martinez, a Brentwood resident, is a 9th District Suffolk County legislator and former educator. In the Legislature, she was appointed chairperson of the Public Safety Committee and is a sitting member of the permanent Heroin and Opioid Advisory Panel.
Among her reasons for running is she would like to see a codified version of Roe v. Wade verdict of the Supreme Court on the state level to protect women, should it be overturned on the federal level.
She is an advocate for common-sense gun laws and supports the NY SAFE Act of 2013 and would like to see the Red Flag bill passed, which would further strengthen gun control laws in New York.
She wants to see the Climate and Community Protection Act passed that would minimize effects of climate change.
Dean Murray (R)
Murray, a businessman from East Patchogue, is currently a 3rd District assemblyman. He has been involved in a number of civic groups over the years and has been a supporter of small businesses.
If elected, Murray hopes to focus on a number of issues, including the fight against Common Core and striving to control taxes with a checks-and-balances system.
Murray has helped to pass the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing registry that keeps track of painkiller prescriptions. He also introduced a bill that allows fantasy sports to operate legally in New York State.
NYS Senate 4th District
Phil Boyle (R), incumbent
Boyle, of Bay Shore, was elected in 2012 and has been leading the fight against opioid addiction. His blueprint includes increased funding for support services for addicts, measures to screen expectant mothers to identify and treat addicted babies, and provide support services for law enforcement to crack down on drug dealers and deliver awareness programs.
Boyle sponsored legislation that gives police more tools to crack down on criminals by the use of a familial DNA database to help find those who committed violent acts.
He supports the 2 percent tax cap, but is opposed to the federal GOP tax plan.
He supports the expansion of more sewers in his own and neighboring districts.
Lou D’Amaro (D)
D’Amaro, a resident of North Babylon, is also an attorney. He had previously served out all of his allowable terms as Suffolk County legislator in the 17th District.
D’Amaro said he had been a member and chair of the county’s Ways and Means and Budget committees and worked through the Great Recession by helping to keep taxpayer costs down. Keeping taxes down will be a focus of his administration and he said he’d fight to get Long Island’s fair share of state aid. He said he’d also work with the governor to restore the SALT deductions that were curtailed on the federal level.
D’Amaro is opposed to Common Core, but supports the 2 percent tax cap. He said lower taxes and more economic development are needed, along with workforce housing.
D’Amaro said the way to handle the drug issue locally is to fund law enforcement, provide more of the lifesaving drug Narcan and better treatment programs for those addicted.
U.S Congress 2nd District
Liuba Grechen Shirley (D)
This is the Amityville resident’s first political run. Grechen Shirley, whose background is in global development, said she is running out of concern for women and all of her potential constituents on a number of issues.
She is a proponent of term limits and would like to see campaign finance reform. During her campaign, she set a precedent for future women candidates when she petitioned the Federal Election Commission and won the right to use campaign finances to pay for childcare. She said her focus would be to make sure there is extended Medicare for all.
Grechen Shirley said she is not in favor of open borders, but is also not in favor of building a wall. She said she is not in favor of abolishing ICE. She would like to see legislation in place to benefit immigrants and see them through to a path to citizenship.
She said she’d work toward providing more funding for public schools and to help deal with the issue of climate change.
Peter King (R), incumbent
The Seaford resident is serving his 25th year in office. He said he’d like to continue to represent his district for a number of important reasons.
King has served and chaired a number of committees that have dealt with the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. He has made sure New York received necessary funding for security since that time. And he crossed the aisle to oppose a plan to restructure the agency that provides healthcare to the survivors of the attacks and their families.
King voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but advised to leave the parts of it that he said worked, such as coverage for those with preexisting conditions.
He supports DACA, allowing for citizenship of children brought to the U.S. illegally, but only after U.S. borders are secured. He supports a border wall.
He supports the Second Amendment, but not for those who are on a terrorist watch list or anyone else with a criminal record.
King said he’d continue to legislate on a bipartisan level to fight for what’s best for his constituents.
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