Iraq veteran Robert Germino is running against incumbent Charles Lavine with the claim that Lavine has done too little to "fix Albany'' - which was Lavine's rallying cry when he first won election six years ago. Germino, 30, a Republican who now works for the Nassau County executive, says Lavine went to Albany and became part of the problem.
That's an easy charge to lob at a sitting Assembly member, but Democrat Lavine doesn't deserve it. A criminal defense lawyer from Glen Cove, Lavine, 63, has fought for a reform agenda, including fair redistricting and campaign finance changes. He stood up to entrenched Albany powers to win red-light camera legislation, which has become an important revenue source for Nassau County.
Germino, also of Glen Cove, advocates privatizing many government services, which is fair enough. But he goes too far in proposing that private companies take over Medicaid and Medicare. He needs to think through the implications of his platform.
Newsday endorses Lavine.