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Andrew Raia to represent New York’s 12th Assembly District

Andrew Raia of East Northport, Republican incumbent candidate

Andrew Raia of East Northport, Republican incumbent candidate for the 12th Assembly District. Credit: James Escher

Ask Long Island’s Assembly Democrats which Republican really hustles to get things done, and the name you’ll often hear is Andrew P. Raia. The East Northport Republican is always working the angles, whether in Albany or in his district, and eight terms in, he’s established some seniority as the ranking minority member on the Health Committee and some valuable relationships. Whether it’s getting $1 million for Northport sewers or pointing out the pitfalls of single-state single-payer health care, Raia, 50, is effective.

Challenger Avrum J. Rosen, 64, lives in Centerport and was placed on the ballot after Democratic Party choice Michael Marcantonio was disqualified. An attorney who is an expert in hospital bankruptcies, Rosen is knowledgeable and thoughtful. But Raia’s good work has earned him another term.

Newsday endorses Raia.