Suffolk County's 5th Legislative District is up for grabs because term limits will end the tenure of the incumbent, Vivian Viloria-Fisher.
The Republican candidate is Anthony Moncayo, 57, a lawyer and retired Army officer who's been a Suffolk resident for 53 years. The Democrat is Kara Hahn, 40, a Port Jefferson native and aide to the legislature's presiding officer, William Lindsay (D-Holbrook). Both candidates live in East Setauket, but the similarities end there.
Moncayo isn't convinced the county should operate a nursing home, but Hahn wants to keep the John J. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility open. Moncayo opposes a Shinnecock casino; Hahn doesn't. Moncayo opposes selling any part of the county's large tract in Yaphank. Hahn would preserve only the environmentally sensitive portion.
Hahn is sensible, articulate and knows the issues. Her challenge will be making the transition from aide to legislator. Newsday endorses Hahn.