Republican C. William Gaylor spent much of his life in the military and it shows. Now a lawyer -- and until this campaign, a village and county justice -- the 52-year-old Lynbrook resident looks at local issues with an optimistic vision that is refreshing. He favors smart transit-oriented development. And he's courageous to support unpopular yet fair ideas, like a smaller attempt to reinstate school-zone cameras for safety, not revenue.
Democrat Jim Paymar, 64, has a face and voice familiar to many residents. The Rockville Centre Democrat was a newscaster for decades. He wants to take the pay-to-play virus out of our political system by introducing public financing of campaigns. He wants the full legislature to vote on contracts of less than $25,000, and to work with the LIRR to provide more service for reverse commuters.
Both have much to offer, but Gaylor's belief that Nassau can get better and stronger, and his deep knowledge of the community, are a winning formula.
Newsday endorses Gaylor.