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Michaelle Solages to represent New York’s 22nd Assembly District

Michaelle C. Solages of Elmont, Democratic incumbent candidate

Michaelle C. Solages of Elmont, Democratic incumbent candidate for the 22nd Assembly District. Credit: James Escher

Michaelle C. Solages has come a long way in her three terms in Albany. The Elmont Democrat pointed to her work as the chairwoman of the Task Force on New Americans, where she has been a voice for immigrants, particularly in pushing back against abuses by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. And her passion for children led her to push for legislation that forces insurance to cover donor breast milk — language that ended up in this year’s budget. She also has fought for her district, getting money for music programs in schools and public safety and pushing for Kennedy Airport’s redevelopment to include a local hiring component.

Solages, 33, has become more nuanced in her thinking, especially regarding development at Belmont Park. She also is focused on the future of the racetrack itself. She should continue to balance her desire for expanded Long Island Rail Road service and community benefits with the need for new economic development.

Republican Gonald Moncion also ran against Solages four years ago. The Valley Stream resident is a school guidance counselor who said he’d like more money to come into the district for after-school programs. He opposes the Belmont development, saying he’d rather see a swimming pool or soccer field. Solages presents a broader view of development.

Newsday endorses Solages.