BACKGROUND: DePaoli, 61, of South Setauket, is making his fourth run for

the state Senate and also has sought elected office on the Brookhaven Town

board, as the Brookhaven highway superintendent and on the Three Village school

board. He was Suffolk County's emergency services director and is a Vietnam

War veteran.

ISSUES: DePaoli said he would help cut state costs by keeping no staff in

Albany and by conducting district business from an office in Stony Brook. He

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also said he would staff his office with military veterans and seek to do away

with state and federal income taxes for the unemployed and with cross

endorsements in general elections. He also said he would like to change the

state constitution to appoint a lieutenant governor in the event the governor

leaves office.



BACKGROUND: Flanagan, 47, of East Northport, also is running on the

Conservative and Independence parties lines. He has represented the district

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since 2002 and before that, served in the Assembly for 16 years. He is a member

of the MTA's capital program review board and is chairman of the Senate

Standing Committee of Corporations, Authorities and Commissions.

ISSUES: Flanagan said Albany lawmakers will have to focus on cutting state

spending in the current economic downturn. He called raising taxes to fill an

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estimated $6 billion state budget gap "the last resort" and said state leaders

must spend less on Medicaid, which he, like many elected officials, said he

thinks is riddled with waste, fraud and abuse.

About the job

Member of the

New York State Senate

Term: 2 years

Salary: $79,500; members receive additional stipends for holding committee or

party positions.

Duties: Serves in the 62-member upper chamber, introduces and votes on bills,

can override gubernatorial veto with two-thirds vote of both houses. Senators

also confirm or reject gubernatorial appointees.