When it comes to cleaning up Albany, East Northport Republican Andrew Raia’s hard line on ethics is worthy of applause.
Many legislators say they want change, but get iffy on specifics. Raia, 48, would demand lawmakers vote on any pay raises for themselves, and he opposes raises unless outside income is banned. He’d strengthen pension forfeiture for convicted officials, ban the use of campaign donations for criminal defense, and end a donation loophole that accounts for so much of the cash that buys influence in Albany.
Northport Democrat Spencer Rumsey, 63, a journalist, says he’s a “grass-roots candidate” who will fight for the environment. He argues he could do more for the district than Raia, but he doesn’t have a lot of specifics about policies he wants to fight for and doesn’t make a compelling case to turn out the veteran legislator.
Newsday endorses Raia.