Republican Richard Nicolello, an original member of the Nassau County Legislature, faces a politically experienced Democratic opponent, former East Williston Village Mayor Dolores Sedacca.
"After 14 years of the same person representing this [9th] district, a stronger voice is needed for the people, and I'm that voice. I'm a problem solver and a strong people advocate," said Sedacca, also a former local real estate business owner and former executive director of the Nassau County Village Officials Association.
But Nicolello, of New Hyde Park, like most incumbents with his length of tenure, is running on his record.
He said he has sponsored or co-sponsored many bills, but two of the most meaningful were the environmental bond act, which let the county buy open-space property to preserve, and one requiring a look at how local bills affect the county budget and the county's economy in general.
"I'm also proud of accessing revitalization money for various projects, including beautifying parts of Carle Place and getting a cascade breathing air system for Floral Park's fire district," he said.
Nicolello, 49, who also has the Conservative and Independence party lines, said taxes could soon be out of control, forcing people to leave Nassau. "We've got to hold fast on taxes the next couple of years," he said. "Times will get better."
Nicolello, married 19 years, has two children. He is a graduate of St. John's University and Fordham's law school. His practice in Uniondale is in insurance coverage.
But with all the work Nicolello said he has done, Sedacca said, "people in this district don't even know who their representative is."
She said that as East Williston's first female mayor, she increased services and made capital improvements and investments without raising taxes during her four years.
"I expanded services and retired debt. I can bring that same experience and creativity to the county's many problems," said Sedacca, who was mayor from 1995 to 1999 and still lives in the village.
Sedacca, 61, who grew up in New Hyde Park, said she would like to join the Democrats in continuing to lead the county "in the right direction."
She has worked in the county's assessment office and now works in its housing office as a program coordinator and community representative.
Registered Republicans outnumber Democrats in the district, 19,956 to 15,160.