Until recently, Democrat Todd D. Kaminsky of Long Beach was a federal prosecutor on a team instrumental in bringing public corruption cases against state and federal officials. Now Kaminsky, 36, wants to try firsthand the job of making laws as a way to restore trust in our elected officials.
Kaminsky is smart and aggressive, and he is focused on getting his hometown back on its feet.
His priorities are easing the pain of residents living near the Bay Park sewage treatment plant, preventing sewage discharge into the southwestern bays and improving the Nassau Expressway. In particular, he wants to reopen a hospital emergency room on Long Beach.
Facing Kaminsky is Republican Avi Z. Fertig, 42, of Woodmere. Fertig works for Town of Hempstead Councilman Anthony Santino, and understands neighborhood issues and grassroots politics. But Kaminsky seems to offer a better hope of really leading in Albany.
Newsday endorses Kaminsky.