Anthony H. Palumbo, 48, boasts a strong record of listening to his constituents and working to take care of his district in his three terms. The New Suffolk Republican fought hard for a $175,000 grant to the North Fork to help provide youth mental health services. Ditto a deal with the state to preserve 875 acres in Shoreham. And he’s a voice for developing housing workers can afford in a district where that can be unpopular.
Democratic candidate Rona Smith, 73, of Greenport, has volunteered in the community for 20 years. She is educated, experienced in finance and has a passion for single-payer health care informed by her son’s death from cancer. But New York can’t establish single-payer alone. And Smith mostly opposes developing new housing for workers, even as she bemoans the difficulty of hiring any locally.
Newsday endorses Palumbo.