Democratic Assemb. Taylor Darling.

Democratic Assemb. Taylor Darling. Credit: James Escher

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Includes parts of central Town of Hempstead and down through South Shore

Seeking a third term, Democrat Taylor R. Darling, 38, bases her appeal on assuring equitable funding for her district from Albany. She puts first the long-glaring problem of insufficient bus transportation for the Hempstead school district, where some kids walk two miles or more each way through unsafe pedestrian pockets. Darling favors allowing judges more latitude to assess and appropriately deal with a criminal defendant's potential for violence if released. She supports recreation facilities, but not a casino, at the Nassau Hub.

GOP nominee Lamont E. Johnson, 50, also of Hempstead, is that school board's vice president. He says elected officials downplay crime and do too little to grapple with its spread. He emphasizes that the Uniondale and Roosevelt communities and school districts must not get short shrift. He favors single-family housing in the district over big apartment buildings.

Newsday endorses Darling.

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