Republican incumbent Daniel Losquadro, 40, who left his role as leader of the Suffolk legislature minority to become a freshman minority assemblyman, likes his new job. He says Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's agenda has been well aligned with the Assembly Republicans and he's pleased to share those successes. Losquadro failed to pass a bill that would speed development at the EPCAL site in Riverhead by making the town, instead of the state, the lead agency for environmental review. Instead of pursuing this flawed bill, Losquadro should work with the Cuomo administration to craft a compromise. His intense local focus is one of hard-working Losquadro's strengths, and in a district with 100 miles of coastline, he has wisely spent his time on issues involving beach access, erosion and protection of the Mattituck Inlet.
Challenger Nicholas Deegan, 63, of Mattituck, a Democrat, is a Mattituck Park District commissioner who ran unsuccessfully for Southold Town council last year. He did not respond to an invitation to meet with Newsday's editorial board.
Newsday endorses Losquadro.
This is a corrected version. An earlier version stated incorrectly that Deegan declined to meet with the editorial board.