NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY: 18TH DISTRICT

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EARLENE HOOPER

DEMOCRATIC

BACKGROUND:

Hooper, 69, of Hempstead, has represented the district since March 1988,

when she won in a special election. She is also on the Independence line. She

is a former state social worker and executive board member of the Public

Employees Federation. She holds a bachelor's degree from Norfolk State

University (Va.) and a master's from Adelphi University in Garden City.

ISSUES: Hooper's record on education goes back to 1996 when she supported

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legislation for a state takeover of Roosevelt schools. In her last term, she

said she helped secure a $14 million rescue of the school district - $8 million

to fill a deficit gap and $6 million for academic improvements. The bill also

extends a current $4 million advance in annual state aid for an additional four

years, to 2015. She serves on committees including education, labor, rules

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and ways and means, is the deputy majority leader and runs the chamber in the

absence of the speaker.

DARREN R. BRYANT

REPUBLICAN

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BACKGROUND:

Bryant, 41, of Roosevelt, was the Republican party leader of that

neighborhood as of last year. He is also running on the Conservative line. He

has been a volunteer firefighter, fire commissioner and a foreman at the

Hempstead Town highway department.

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ISSUES: In previous races, Bryant has said his reason for seeking public

office is a desire to give back and to make sure his community receives a fair

share of services. He also has expressed an interest in bringing more

businesses into the community, especially for young people.

HENRY CONYERS

WORKING FAMILIES

BACKGROUND: Conyers, 57, of Hempstead Village, sits on the village board of

trustees and serves as deputy mayor. He has held those positions since 2005.

He is a retired New York state correctional officer.

ISSUES: Conyers said home foreclosures, failing schools and infrastructure

are among the most pressing problems facing the district. He said as a trustee

he helped to pass a living-wage bill and to steer the village to a $2.4 million

surplus. "We accomplished a lot in the village that we can be proud of," he

said. Conyers added that he would work to attract businesses and create a more

cooperative relationship between the assembly and the village. "We need a

change - it's time to move on and get new ideas."

About the job

Member of the New York State Assembly

Term: 2 years

Salary: $79,500

Duties: Serves in the 150-member larger chamber of the New York State

Legislature, introduces and votes on bills, can override gubernatorial veto

with two-thirds of both houses.

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