Deborah L. Slinkosky is challenging incumbent Alfred C. Graf, and speaks with near desperation about fighting for the middle class. "If we don't start somewhere, Long Island is not going to have much of a future," she says, citing high local taxes and costs.
A 2005-08 member of the Sachem school board and a longtime advocate for neighbors of MacArthur Airport, the 58-year-old Democrat from Holbrook wants to add her voice to the Assembly majority to get more local school aid, and to reduce spending that Albany mandates but doesn't fund.
Graf, 56, of Holbrook, seeks a third term. The Republican has long fought for lower electric bills, a worthy cause. He has made vague proposals but little headway. His top priority now is to halt the Common Core standards. We prefer Slinkosky's position -- not to halt Common Core, but to give teachers more support. Slinkosky's challenge will be to widen her grasp of issues beyond education.
Newsday endorses Slinkosky.