Republican Andrew Raia, 46, is running unopposed. This says something about the popularity of his hands-on presence as he seeks his seventh term.
Whether the problem is too many deer in Eaton's Neck, potholes on Route 25A or repowering the Northport power-generating plant, Raia coordinates with town, village and state officials to find solutions.
Raia, of East Northport, is the ranking minority member on the health committee and worked last term on allowing marijuana for medicinal purposes. He wants to make sure the new program is well-run before expanding legalization of the drug.
In the new session, Raia plans to focus on environmental issues, from the nitrogen pollution along our coastlines to getting more resources for the Department of Environmental Conservation.
Newsday endorses Raia.