Steve Stern for New York's 10th Assembly District

The Editorial Board

Includes central section and most of south sections of Town of Huntington and a small section of central east of Town of Oyster Bay

Steve E. Stern understands the needs of his district and the region. And he's willing to lead on both.

The Dix Hills Democrat rightly spotlights improvements to sewer infrastructure in Huntington Station and the need for a new academic building at Farmingdale State College. He also wants to ease the region's building permitting process and allow small businesses to create tax-deferred savings accounts to store income for future needs.

Aamir Sultan, 55, who works in information technology, paints a dark picture of the district with concerns about crime and gender topping his list. The Dix Hills Republican said he worries about what his district's schools are teaching, especially in terms of gender identity, and wants the state to mandate a parental role in curriculum.

Stern, who turns 54 on Oct. 30, should utilize his leadership qualities to complete his to-do list. His focus on long-term care insurance and renewable energy, including the future of wind and solar, is welcome.

Newsday endorses Stern.