Laura Schaefer and Sylvia Cabana have more similarities than differences. Both are lawyers, neither wants a casino at the former Fortunoff site in Westbury, and both say they care about traffic, safety and quality of life. Both support the revitalization of Hicksville, some of which sits in their district.

Schaefer, a Westbury Republican, was first elected in 2013. When residents have concerns, she responds in a strong voice for the district.

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Cabana, 48, practices immigration and family law with the insight of a first-generation American. The Garden City resident says she would consult more with the community before she acts as a legislator.

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While Cabana seems well-meaning and good-hearted, she lacks new ideas and an understanding of county government. Schaefer, 47, can build on her first term, and focus on issues like economic development and education about the heroin epidemic. Schaefer should use her voice to lead more and keep her constituents in the loop before problems develop.

Newsday endorses Schaefer.