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Assemb. Anthony Palumbo faces GOP primary

Challenger Mike Yacubich, the Rocky Point Fire Department chief, says he’s a fiscal conservative and a moderate on social issues.

Assemb. Anthony Palumbo is shown on Tuesday, July

Assemb. Anthony Palumbo is shown on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Republican Assemb. Anthony Palumbo is facing a primary challenge from tax accountant Mike Yacubich, who also is the Rocky Point Fire Department chief.

Yacubich, 51, of Shoreham, describes himself as a fiscal conservative and a moderate on social issues, “who is willing to work with both sides to get things done.”

Yacubich, who served three years on the Shoreham-Wading River school board, said his campaign is “not so much against a person but against the process” in which people talk about issues but little gets done.

“I think I bring something to the table, I’m a hard worker, have a lot of experience and I think I can get things accomplished,” he said.

Palumbo, 47, a lawyer from New Suffolk and a former Suffolk County prosecutor, is backed by the Suffolk Republicans.

He said he backed legislation to give tax breaks to first-time home buyers, supported increased school aid for local districts and helped reform the Common Core curriculum.

“I’ve worked hard and I hope the electorate agrees,” Palumbo said.

Yacubich said he’s raised about $8,000. Palumbo as of his Jan. 15 campaign finance report had $6,800 on hand.

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