Richard Azzopardi, spokesman for Sen. Craig Johnson (D-Port Washington) responded a few minutes ago to our post quoting his challenger, Mineola Mayor Jack Martins, criticizing Johnson. Here's the statement from Azzopardi in full:
“Senator Johnson is making the tough decisions to keep New York afloat in a very bad economy and is proud to have directed state investment to communities across the 7th Senate District. These investments strengthen neighborhoods and relieve pressure on property tax levies by supporting important institutions like the Elmont School District, the Great Neck Senior Center, and the volunteer fire companies that comprise the First Battalion. These funds also go towards important infrastructure improvements, such as correcting a flooding problem in Mineola that the village – under the care of Mayor Martins – has ignored for years.
"Senator Johnson has also been cited by good government groups as one of the most effective members of the State Senate, and has been widely recognized for his independence and ability to work across party lines.
"Of course, you won't hear that from the one-note, cookie cutter campaign that Jack Martins has started to wage. While Senator Johnson is currently focused on the state budget and this year's legislative agenda, he looks forward to a spirited race where the stark contrasts between Jack Martins' rhetoric and Mayor Martins' record
will become very clear.”