Democrat Claudia Borecky, 58, isn't a packaged or programmed candidate. She doesn't have a lot of money or a big campaign machine behind her. This former legislative aide from Merrick must have public service in her DNA; she's a tireless advocate who keenly knows what her district wants.

After 10 years as a constituent liaison for former legislator David Denenberg, Borecky knows the job. She heads the North and Central Merrick Civic Association and co-founded the Coalition of Nassau Civic Associations. She's also a wastewater wonk who opposes privatization of the county's sewage system. And she promises to review those fat personal services contracts the legislature rubber-stamps.

Borecky can't wait to eliminate campaign literature disguised as public information mailers sent by legislators on the taxpayers' dime.

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Because, she says, children have been killed and injured near schools in her district, she believes there is a way school-zone cameras could be operated fairly to increase safety, not skin residents out of revenue.

Republican Steven Rhoads, 46, of Bellmore, won a special election in March to fill the seat of Denenberg, who resigned after pleading guilty to embezzling his law firm.

Rhoads, an attorney with only seven months in office, has been an active participant in spending the public's money to send political mailers claiming achievements he had no part in, some of them because he wasn't yet in office, and others because they never happened.

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He wants to balance the county budget through efficiencies and says he will fight to make government less expensive and more efficient. He doesn't have many specifics in mind.

Borecky is tenacious and relentless about getting government to work better. She'll be a fighter for the little guy, for the environment, for the taxpayer, and for fairness and transparency.

Newsday endorses Borecky.