Democrat Adam Haber released his first TV ad of his campaign for the State Senate in the Seventh District, while his Republican opponent, Flower Hill Mayor Elaine Phillips, touted several new campaign endorsements.
Haber’s ad, titled “Long Island: The Place We Love,” began airing on Sept. 24. It touches on three key campaign issues for Haber: Environmental protection, improving local education and bringing down property taxes.
“We’ve got to do something about high taxes,” Haber says in the ad. “We pay our fair share, but the burden of high taxes is crippling our families. I’m Adam Haber. I’ll work hard, and I’ll bring those values back to the State Senate, Because there’s just too much on the line for all of us.”
Phillips on Monday announced the endorsement of the New York League of Conservation Voters, a nonpartisan environmental group.
“The environment will have a strong ally in Elaine Phillips,” said league president Marcia Bystryn. “We are particularly encouraged by her passion for improving the quality of drinking water and our local waterways.”
As mayor, Phillips launched a tree planting program designed to help stop soil erosion and prevent pollutants from seeping into the local groundwater.
“Long Islanders understand that clean air, open space and, especially pure water, are an important part of the reason why we love living here,” Phillips said.
Haber countered Monday by rolling out his environmental policy platform.
He wants to increase state spending on infrastructure to protect local shorelines; install receptacles for expired medications at pharmacies throughout Long Island to prevent drugs from being flushed down the toilet and use the rooftops of local schools to install solar panels.
Haber said he also opposes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to dump what critics have called potentially harmful sludge in the eastern Long Island Sound.
“We have the ability to both protect our environment while also harnessing great economic opportunities to create good local green jobs on Long Island,” said Haber.
Phillips on Tuesday also was endorsed by 10 law enforcement groups, including the Nassau County Superior Officers Association; the Nassau County Detectives’ Association; the Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association; the Suffolk County Detectives Association; the Suffolk County Police Conference and the Suffolk County Superior Officers Association.
Phillips and Haber, an East Hills businessman, are vying to succeed GOP State Sen. Jack Martins, who is vacating the seat to run for Congress.