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.

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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.