NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY: 18TH DISTRICT
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
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
and ways and means, is the deputy majority leader and runs the chamber in the
absence of the speaker.
DARREN R. BRYANT
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.
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.
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
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.