In describing his district’s changing needs, demographics and challenges, Democrat Charles Lavine of Glen Cove highlights environmental protection issues, along with the need for economic development, affordable housing and job creation. He points to the mixed-use Garvies Point project in Glen Cove as particularly important.

Lavine, 69, has long advocated for ethics reform, and his attention took center stage in 2016, as he backed a full-time legislature and a ban on outside income. He also proposed a bill to bring in a state fiscal monitor to oversee the Town of Oyster Bay. That’s something he should make happen.

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Republican Jeffrey Vitale, 32, is a Sea Cliff resident and a grant administrator for Oyster Bay. He opposes Garvies Point and said he thinks Oyster Bay personnel could “monitor ourselves.”

Newsday endorses Lavine.