Endorsements are a tradition at Newsday that date to our founding in 1940, and make this the busiest part of our year as we interview the candidates seeking your vote. Again this year, we are releasing our picks in 41 races to your inbox before they are published in print. 

This series of newsletters will feature our endorsements in the critical congressional midterm contests where control of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives will be determined. Three of Long Island’s four House seats are wide open and attracting national attention and campaign donations.

New York voters will also choose a governor, attorney general and comptroller and members of the Long Island delegation in the Albany legislature. The Suffolk County comptroller and clerk are also on the ballot.

This year, our endorsement meetings were a mix of in-person interviews at Newsday’s Melville headquarters and others conducted over Zoom and phone.

First up, see our endorsement for New York's Senate seat and New York State comptroller, as well as our evaluation of one statewide bond proposal and a referendum in three East End towns below.