Republican incumbent Brian Curran says being in the Assembly minority is a lot easier thanks to the "best Republican governor we've had in a long time," Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. And it's true that many of the things Curran wanted to achieve in his first term and hopes to work for in a second have also been on Cuomo's wish list.

Curran, 43, a litigation attorney, served as the mayor of Lynbrook before his election to the Assembly, and has been a reliable fiscal conservative in both roles.

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Seeking to unseat him is Democrat Jeffrey Friedman, 44, a nonpracticing attorney and stay-at-home father. Friedman, of Rockville Centre, is an unusually knowledgeable candidate, having done volunteer work with the State Senate for years. He is undoubtedly one to watch, and speaks passionately about reducing the tax burden on Long Island, streamlining and reducing school spending, and limiting unfunded mandates from Albany.

But Curran agrees with Friedman on these issues, and has proved he can do good work on them. He deserves a chance to continue that good work.

Newsday endorses Curran.