News Roundup

Oct
24
2022

When Monica R. Martinez served previously in the State Senate, she developed a reputation for being an independent voice who could detour from her own party's path and who, on a very granular level, understood the needs of her constituents.

This year's redistricting has reshaped the area the Brentwood Democrat would represent. But after a hard-fought primary, Martinez, 45, is making the case that she can be the same independent...read more ››

Oct
24
2022

Timing is everything.

Susan Berland says that it "wasn't the plan" for her to run for State Senate; her candidacy emerged after redistricting and outgoing Sen. James Gaughran's decision not to run. But the Dix Hills Democrat has picked the right time to make a bid for Albany.

Berland is challenging Mario R. Mattera, who is completing his first term. The Saint James Republican rightly points to important successes such as his...read more ››

Oct
23
2022

Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon Jr. was appointed to the board of directors of Fighting Chance, a Sag Harbor-based nonprofit that provides free professional counseling services to cancer patients and caregivers on the East End.

He will be able to share unique insights as a two-time cancer survivor, having successfully battled Hodgkin’s lymphoma and pancreatic cancer.

“This is known as peer-to-peer counseling, and we see this...read more ››

Oct
22
2022

Letitia A. James is a talented politician. Her terrific interpersonal skills, keen eye for the camera and ear for messaging, and a preternatural instinct for navigating the state’s cutthroat politics have served her well. Leveraging her base in Brooklyn and her background as a public defender, she won a seat on the New York City Council, and then, as the city’s public advocate, springboarded herself to statewide office. In 2018, she became...read more ››

Oct
20
2022

New York’s 1st Congressional District is perennially considered one of New York’s — and the nation’s — real swing regions. It is a place of contrasts, between hard right and deep blue, between Hamptons wealth and people striving at the poverty line. In its current configuration, it stretches from the easternmost forks of Long Island to the Nassau County line. It includes farmland, town and village centers desperately in need of housing, and...read more ››

Oct
15
2022

Shortly after Kathy C. Hochul took office 14 months ago, it became clear that New York's first woman governor would have to face multiple state crises in short order. Continuing fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, declining revenue from a sprawling transit system, housing shortages, sharing the burden of migrants crossing faraway borders, and a disturbing uptick in violence of different kinds all greeted her.

Hochul rose to the office...read more ››

Oct
11
2022

Includes most of Central Islip, Islip above Sunrise Hwy, Brentwood below 495 (LIE), Hauppauge below 495 (LIE)

After 20 years in the Assembly, Philip R. Ramos, 66, of Brentwood is not ready to give up his seat.

Ramos, a Democrat, argues that more funding for education, homelessness, and alternatives to criminal activities to deter gang recruitment is needed in impoverished communities to help prevent crime. The former Suffolk...read more ››

Oct
11
2022

Includes North and South Forks, Shelter Island, part of southeast Brookhaven

Fred W. Thiele Jr. has been a fount of legislation since joining the Assembly in 1995, focusing on issues that affect both his East End district and the region in general.

Thiele, 69, of Sag Harbor, was the architect of a bill to fund badly-needed affordable housing programs in the five East End towns. Modeled on his wildly successful Community...read more ››

Oct
11
2022

Includes much of Northwest Brookhaven

This November marks a pivotal moment for Steven Englebright. Beyond his bid for another term in the Assembly he joined in 1992, the Setauket Democrat is fighting for approval of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Green Jobs Bond Act, also on this fall's ballot.

Englebright, chair of the chamber's environmental conservation committee, has many such worthy goals on his agenda.

A principal...read more ››

Oct
11
2022

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...read more ››