Edward Ra, 35, has steadily grown during his six years in Albany. A Republican from Garden City South, he is the ranking minority member of the chamber’s education committee. Now it’s time for him to become a forceful voice on other important issues he cares about — like ethics.
Ra says this year’s progress, highlighted by a pension forfeiture bill for those convicted of official corruption, was good but not enough. He favors term limits on leadership positions and a cap on outside income, and would consider public campaign financing if it’s the right plan. We challenge him to devise one. But his skepticism about the Long Island Rail Road’s third-track proposal is disappointing and wrongheaded considering the economic boon it would be for the region.
For the third straight time, Ra’s opponent is Democrat Gary Port, 54, of West Hempstead. Port is an attorney with a family law practice and is a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve. He, too, takes a tough stance on corruption, favoring term limits on legislators to avoid what he calls the “entitlement of elected officials” who, because of demographics and party-line voting, have seats in Albany for life. Also like Ra, Port is wary of the third-track project. But Ra’s experience makes him the better choice.
Newsday endorses Ra.