PATRICIA A. EDDINGTON
BACKGROUND: Eddington, 61, of Medford, also is running on the Independence and Working Families lines. She represents the 3rd Assembly District in Suffolk County. If elected, she said, she would step down from her Assembly seat. She spent 16 years as a social worker in the Islip school district and is an associate professor of philosophy and women's studies at Suffolk County Community College. Eddington is a graduate of Suffolk County Community College, with an associate's degree in women's studies. She received a bachelor's degree in political science at Stony Brook University and has a master's from its School of Social Welfare. She is a New York State licensed clinical social worker. She served on the Patchogue-Medford school board from 1980 to 1989, was elected to the State Legislature in 2000 and is former chair of the Libraries and Education Technology Committee.
ISSUES: Eddington said she wants to bring the clerk's office into the 21st century. She wants a fully digitized management system and development of a brochure to explain what the office provides. She has drafted legislation for the implementation of E-Notary to use electronic signatures. She wants to make the office more accessible to seniors.