Good afternoon. Today’s points:
- Behind enemy lines
- New voters not coming to the party
- We’ll save you a trip
A visit from leading Dems in State Senate
State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic conference’s minority leader, and State Sen. Michael Gianaris, the deputy leader, stopped by to visit with Newsday’s editorial board Friday to talk about taxes, education and the political landscape, especially as Democrats look to take over the State Senate.
If Democrats do control the chamber, Stewart-Cousins, whose district covers a stretch of Westchester County, assured us that Long Island’s concerns would be paramount. “I am acutely aware of issues of suburbia and have been engaged in these issues for the last 20 years,” she said.
Gianaris, whose district covers western Queens, said overall worries about high property taxes were No. 1 on his list of key issues, followed by ethics reform and the environment.
The Democratic leaders see more than half of Long Island’s Senate seats as being up for grabs next month. “We are optimistic we’re going to win all of them,” Gianaris said.
Randi F. Marshall
Motor-Voters mirror mail-ins
Concerns that easy voter registration via the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles website would swamp the rolls with Democrats might have been overplayed. While 2016 is bringing many new voters to the Suffolk County rolls, party-registration patterns are trending the same way as with traditional mail-in forms.
According to Suffolk elections officials, among those who registered to vote by mail, 36.5 percent checked off the box for the Democratic Party and 27.5 percent for the GOP. Meanwhile, of those who utilized the DMV website, 36.1 percent chose to be Democrats and 25.4 percent went for Republicans.
The most eye-opening trend is that regardless of the method, a sizable chunk of new voters wants nothing to do with either major party.
Up in Albany
Smile for the camera
The candidates in one of Long Island’s hottest contests — Republican incumbent Lee Zeldin and Democrat Anna Throne-Holst in the 1st Congressional District — will square off in debates Monday and Thursday in Sound Beach and Westhampton Beach, respectively.
Both events should be quite a show. Get the popcorn ready.
The Point will get an early preview of the battle when Zeldin and Throne-Holst visit Newsday’s editorial board on Monday morning for their endorsement interview.
We’ll have the cameras rolling and the video will be available early next week to save you a trip.
There’s a parade in town
The Point is taking Columbus Day off. We’ll be back in your inboxes on Tuesday.