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Karina Hahn, County Legislator, 5th Legislative District

KARINA HAHN

Democratic

BACKGROUND:

  • Hahn, 50, of Setauket, is seeking her sixth term in office. She also is running on the Working Families Party line.
  • Hahn previously worked for a child care advocacy agency and an information technology company. She had served as director of communications for then-Presiding Officer William J. Lindsay (D-Holbrook), was chief of staff for former Legis. Vivian Viloria-Fisher (D-Setauket) and was press secretary for former Legis. Maxine Postal (D-Amityville).
  • She graduated from Ward Melville High School in East Setauket and received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree in social work in 1996 from the University of Pennsylvania.

ISSUES:

  • Hahn said she would focus on vaccinating as many Suffolk County residents as possible and working to combat opioid abuse, which she said has worsened during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • She said she favored using the county's share of a settlement with opioid manufacturers wisely, adding she saw a "transformational opportunity now to do all we can to end that [the opioid crisis] once and for all."
  • She said she would support small businesses as they recover from the economic challenges of the pandemic and boost cultural activities and tourism.

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