For Siela Bynoe, it's been an interesting 20 months representing the 2nd District. The Democrat, 48, of Westbury, won the seat in a special election, and has since worked with police unions to build better relationships between the police and the policed, and toiled with other legislators to bring mental health services to district schools and create a land bank program to deal with zombie homes.

Challenger Cornelius Todd Smith, 46, of Lakeview, says he would be a better fit for the district because as a Republican he would join the GOP majority that controls the legislature. But on Nassau's most pressing issue -- county spending -- he has few specific ideas on how to cull the budget. He says he wouldn't support a tax increase and would like to have a second look at county contracts. Smith is a banker who should be more vocal about the issues in his district.

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In 20 months, Bynoe has delivered on some issues for her district.

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Newsday endorses Bynoe.