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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is a proud New York Democrat. She is running a grassroots campaign to fix our economy and improve life for the middle class and working families across New York. Kirsten remains committed to bringing her grassroots campaign to every New Yorker and working tirelessly on behalf of the Empire State.
Perry Gershon is not a career politician. He’s a successful businessman who is disturbed by a Washington political class that cares more about themselves than the American people. Outraged by Congressman Lee Zeldin’s agenda, including his vote to dismantle health care protections for millions of Americans, Perry decided to do something about it – leave the private sector and run as a Democratic candidate for New York’s 1st Congressional District.
Liuba has spent her career leading organizations to empower working families both at home and abroad. She has forged partnerships between nonprofits, government, and businesses to tackle issues including economic development, access to health care, paid family leave, and government transparency.
Tom Suozzi, a CPA and attorney, has served as mayor of his hometown, Glen Cove, NY from 1994-2001 and as Nassau County Executive from 2002-2009. Prior to Suozzi taking office, Nassau County was on the brink of bankruptcy and declared the “worst run county in America” by the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Suozzi successfully steered Nassau back from financial collapse and restored it to fiscal stability. In 2005, he was honored as Governing Magazine’s “Public Official of the Year.”
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Throughout his life, Andrew Cuomo has been a forceful voice for change in New York. His lifelong commitment to hard work, public service, and the people he serves has led to Andrew's recognition as a true innovator and a principled and determined leader.
Former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul enthusiastically accepted Governor Cuomo’s call to return to public service by running as his choice for Lt. Governor. She is currently traveling across New York, listening to the concerns of citizens, elected officials, small business owners and farmers. Once elected, Kathy plans to focus her attention on continuing the success of the Governor and work with the Regional Economic Development Councils to attract and retain business to create much-needed jobs, and address the skills gap to ensure our citizens, particularly in pockets of poverty, have access to the higher-paying jobs.
Tish James is currently serving in her second term as the Public Advocate for the City of New York. She is the first woman of color to hold Citywide office in New York City. As Public Advocate, she serves as a watchdog over New York City government agencies, and an advocate and lawyer for the City’s most vulnerable and disenfranchised communities. As Public Advocate, Tish has transformed the office to be a real engine of reform and progress. Her office has handled over 32,000 constituent complaints and passed more legislation than all previous Public Advocates combined, including groundbreaking legislation that bans questions about salary history from the employment process to address the pervasive gender wage gap.
On February 7, 2007, Thomas P. DiNapoli was sworn in as the 54th Comptroller of the State of New York. Since taking office, Tom has fought to protect taxpayers -- aggressively identifying government waste, holding public and private institutions accountable, and working to restore the public’s trust in the Comptroller’s office.
A Long Island native, Legislator Jay Schneiderman lives in Southampton Town and is the proud father of two children. After graduating high school, Jay earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Ithaca College and then obtained a Master of Arts degree in Education from the State University of New York at Cortland.
Born and raised on the South Shore of Long Island, the son of a World War II Veteran and a community health nurse, DuWayne Gregory was inspired to serve his country and community at a young age, enlisting in the United States Army and rising to the rank of 1st Lieutenant where he served with distinction before returning to Long Island.
Theresa Whelan is a Suffolk County Family Court Judge and has held that position since 2008, following her election in 2007. She was recently re-elected to another ten year term in 2017. As a Family Court Judge, Judge Whelan hears primarily child abuse and neglect cases and presides over Family Treatment Court, better known as a drug court. Judge Whelan works hard to ensure the safety and well-being of children in the child welfare system. As a judge presiding over Family Treatment Court, she has monitored hundreds of parents as they address their substance abuse issues, and has safely reunited many families over the years.
Born in New York City, Greg Fischer (on the ballot as Gregory-John Fischer) relocated to Calverton after the events of 9/11/2001. Greg was a 9/11 volunteer responder (who is on the 9/11 health registry). Greg is a single father of four children: Adam (32), Andrew (30), Clark (14) and Anna (11). Clark and Anna were actually born in their home in Calverton; they are now students in Riverhead. Greg is an education advocate who supports teachers in their curriculum enhancements. He also will work to empower more student specific education --- including for English language learners and publicly funded trade education --- so schools can have access to teaching tools which are as modern and fitting as new technology allows, to prepare students for new age employment opportunities. Professionally, Greg is a consultant to businesses, not-for-profits, and government. He also is a pro bono mentor/counselor/consultant with SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives, US Small Business Administration, US Dept of Commerce). With SCORE Greg is able to do business turnarounds, transitions to new generations of owners (even to employee owned), and startups (including getting people off unemployment and into their own businesses). As a consultant, Greg works to improve all business tasks including accounting, manufacturing, marketing, customer service, logistics, product design, safety, quality, computer software, goal setting and planning, productivity…etc.
A lifelong Long Islander, Kathleen A. Cleary grew up in Massapequa Park and currently resides in East Northport with her husband and teenage daughter. She holds a degree in business administration from Adelphi and, more recently, earned a degree in horticulture technology management from Farmingdale State College in 2016. Today, she serves as a horticulturist for Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River, where she manages grant research and applications, along with native plantings.
Monica R. Martinez, from a young age, has had a passion for helping others. She attended Binghamton University where she majored in Biology and History. As a young student, Monica served the Binghamton community by volunteering her weekends at the local zoo and day care centers. Having been taught the value of education by her family, she knew she wanted to dedicate her time educating others.
Legislator Lou D’Amaro was first sworn into office in January 2006 is currently in his fourth term in the Suffolk County Legislature, where he represents the 17th Legislative District, which includes parts of Huntington Station, Huntington, South Huntington, Dix Hills, Melville, West Hills, Deer Park and North Babylon. He is Chairman of the Ways & Means Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Parks & Recreation and Economic Development & Energy Committees of the Legislature.
Jim Gaughran’s decades of experience as a public official and as an attorney makes him uniquely qualified to take on the special interests in Albany as the next State Senator from the 5th District.
A lifelong resident of Long Island, John E. Brooks has devoted his life to giving back to his community. In November 2016, the people elected him to continue his service in the New York State Senate. For more than 45 years, Senator Brooks has been an active volunteer firefighter with the Seaford, Medford and Lindenhurst Fire Departments, previously serving as Seaford's Chief of Department. In addition to his work for the fire department, Senator Brooks served on the Seaford Board of Education for a total of six years, acting as Vice President from 1997-1999. Prior to Superstorm Sandy, Senator Brooks was the Chairman of the Long Island Hurricane Symposium Programs where he worked hand-in-hand with hurricane experts and the National Weather Services to evaluate risk on Long Island.
Assemblyman Thiele has sponsored additional successful initiatives to allow commercial fishermen to replace older vessels with slightly larger ones to compete with out of state fishermen. He was a proponent of the original STAR program to reduce school taxes and, he is a prime sponsor of legislation (“School Taxpayer Protection Act”) that would cap property tax levies at 4% or 120% of the Consumer Price Index.
Twenty-year Southold resident Rona Smith has made her mark on the Town by leading advisory committees and thus influencing policy. Currently, she serves as Chair of the Housing Advisory Commission, sits on the Economic Development Committee, and is Vice-Chair of the Southold Local Development Corporation. All three of these groups have taken direct steps to improve the lives of Southold residents and Rona has been a determined leader.
Clyde Parker will bring a strong new voice to Albany and a real commitment to representing all residents of the 3rd Assembly District. “I’m not your typical candidate who has spent his life in political circles looking for ways to get elected. I’m everyman, the guy who has spent a lifetime looking for ways to succeed in the working world; the husband and father who has struggled to make a living and raise a healthy happy family.” An army veteran, Parker says military service taught him many valuable lessons about leadership and goals. “Leaders unite; they don’t divide. Being united with a common goal is how you succeed and win. This kind of leadership and representation is not going to come from the same-old people in the same-old circles.”
Assemblyman Steve Englebright's background in science and education brings a unique and useful perspective to the State Legislature. With professional training as a geologist and biologist, Assemblyman Englebright’s skill at translating technical concepts and findings into innovative public policy has enabled him to help shape laws that have practical relevance to our lives and health. For example, Assemblyman Englebright’s Pesticide Use Reporting Act of 1996 is advancing study of the possible link between pesticides and breast and other cancers.
Philip Ramos represents the 6th Assembly District, which includes portions of the hamlets of Brentwood, Baywood, Central Islip, Bay Shore, North Bay Shore, Islip and Islandia. He was elected to a newly created Assembly seat in 2002.
Tom Murray is an environmental attorney living in Bayport, New York. Tom grew up in neighboring Sayville. When he and his wife Caitlin were looking for their first home, Long Island's South Shore was their first choice. Tom is running for Assembly because he wants all children to have the great upbringing that he had, and too many children do not have that opportunity. Tom understands how hard it is for working families on Long Island, and young Long Island natives who want to stay but feel priced out by the high cost of living. Tom wants to preserve and conserve our communities and environment to maintain the quality of life Long Islanders have fought for and come to expect.
Too many of our children are dying from opioids. As the father of a young man who died from chronic heroin and cocaine use, I have come to learn that we can do better. Albany should be leading the way for the nation in ending the negative public perceptions of people with substance use disorder. Long Island should be getting its fair share of resources instead of contributing so much more than it gets back. We need Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid dependency, including well-managed prescribing of Naltrexone and Buprenorphine, evidence-based treatments that saves lives. We should remove barriers to these life-saving treatments and get opioid users into effective treatment in New York State
As a mother, educator and community leader Christine Pellegrino directly understands the challenges facing Long Island’s families.
As an elementary school reading teacher for the past twenty five years, Christine has shown leadership by regularly organizing and facilitating team meetings with colleagues and serving as the outreach coordinator for her department. She communicates with various groups throughout the school community, working with those students who are identified as being at-risk for reading below grade level and regularly advocating for their needs in various settings. Her commitment and dedication to our children has been recognized by both colleagues and parents.
No stranger to Albany, as the Political Action Chair, she attends the annual NYSUT sponsored Lobby Days to participate in the direct lobbying of local lawmakers on specific issues facing educators and has also organized and implemented a successful annual tradition of lobbying in Albany by a coalition of various stakeholder groups.
As a leader of the Opt Out movement Christine has advocated and organized against standardization from Albany that harms our children. She has fought for funding for education and believes that Long Island’s families deserve their fair share of dollars from Albany.
A proud mother of two children in middle school, Christine earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education in 1991 and her Master of Science Degree in Education: Reading Specialist in 1998. She also received an Education Professional Diploma, School Supervision & Administration in 2012.
Steve Stern is honored to have served as a Suffolk County Legislator, and is proud of his record which includes many innovative “First in the Nation” and “First in New York State” legislative accomplishments. Keeping his promise to the hard-working families who call Long Island home, Steve has held the line on taxes, refused perks, and worked with his colleagues across party lines and across all levels of government to maintain essential services, protect our quality of life and preserve our environment for generations to come.
Kimberly Jean-Pierre the daughter of parents who migrated from Haiti to the United States. After high school, she attended Brooklyn College, and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in 2005. In pursuit of her Master’s Degree she attended Stony Brook University, earning her Master of Science in Public Policy in 2007. Kimberly Jean-Pierre has a passion for working with people and by utilizing her interpersonal skills she has proven she gets things done.
I have lived on Long Island my entire life and I have been a small business owner in Huntington since 1988. I and my wife, Maureen Moloughney have lived in Centerport since 2011. Prior to that, we lived in Cold Spring Harbor for 27 years. We have two wonderful grown daughters and two even more wonderful grandchildren. Shortly after we moved into Centerport, our home suffered extensive flooding damage in Hurricane Irene. We spent several years elevating the house and rebuilding.
Councilman Terence McSweeney is a lifelong resident of the Town of Babylon. Born and raised in North Babylon, McSweeney graduated North Babylon High School in 1996. He and his family recently moved to Babylon Village, where he now resides with his wife and two young daughters. McSweeney has been an active member of the Babylon community for some time. He has been volunteer fireman in North Babylon since 2000. In addition to this, he also spent time in several different roles, including: President of the Parkdale Civic Association in North Babylon (2013-2016), Treasurer of the North Babylon Chamber of Commerce (2015-2016), Trustee of the Suffolk County Parks Department (2014-2018), Ambassador for the Town of Babylon Beautification Program (2014-2018) and Special Assistant to Supervisor Rich Schaffer (2016-2017).
Councilwoman Joan Cergol is a lifelong resident of Huntington widely known as a knowledgeable and compassionate advocate for the betterment of her hometown and its residents. In addition to her common sense approach and well-developed problem solving skills, Joan brings to the Council seat a wealth of Town knowledge and experience with sixteen years of executive level economic and community development public service to Huntington. Joan’s government service is preceded by 18 years of public and private sector management level positions in public relations and marketing, including her own business.
Jillian Guthman, Esq. was appointed Receiver of Taxes in December 2017, replacing Ester Bivona, who retired. Immediately prior to being named Tax Receiver, Jillian served for 10 years as Director of the Town’s Human Services Department, and in several prior positions in the Town Attorney's Office. A lifelong resident of Huntington, Jillian graduated from Huntington High School. She went on to St. John’s University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and to Touro College’s Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, where she earned her law degree. She has been licensed to practice law for more than 20 years.
Amy Fortunato, has announced that she will run as a candidate for Smithtown Town Council in the November 2018 special election. Her motivation comes from a commitment to local issues and an independent voice for transparency in Town government.
WILLIAM G. HOLST grew up in Smithtown, where his parents were local merchants. His father and mother owned and operated Smithtown Florist and Kings Park Florist for decades and Bill during his teenage years worked in the family businesses. He graduated Smithtown Central High School in 1970 and went on to graduate New York University, receiving a B.A. in 1974. Bill received recognition as an “NYU Founders’ Day Scholar”.