Democratc Assemb. Judy Griffin.

Democratc Assemb. Judy Griffin. Credit: James Escher

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Includes south east and central sections of Town of Hempstead

Neighborhood by neighborhood, Judy A. Griffin can delve into granular detail on how each school district is handling its pre-K programs, and where assistance is still needed.

That knowledge and attention is why the Rockville Centre Democrat continues to be a thoughtful representative for her Assembly district. Griffin, 59, has played a key role in making sure hamlets like Baldwin get the support they need to make new economic development, particularly affordable housing, a reality. And her focus on expanding mental health services, particularly in schools, is welcome.

Lynbrook Republican Brian Curran is a smart, experienced politician and former assemblyman. But Curran, who will turn 54 on Nov. 1, too often falls back on rote criticisms of policies like bail reform without any specifics on what should change, and his continued support of religious exemptions for standard school vaccination requirements is wrong. 

Newsday endorses Griffin.

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