Republican Chad Lupinacci of South Huntington is one of the newest members of the Assembly, which for many freshmen lawmakers in the minority often means two years of virtual irrelevance.
But for Lupinacci -- elected in 2012 to the seat once held by the late Assemb. James Conte -- it hasn't been that bad. He's racked up assignments to influential committees, including higher education and transportation, co-sponsored some laudable legislation (carbon monoxide monitoring in commercial establishments) and developed relationships with some Assembly Democrats. Although we disagree with him on the Common Core (he'd like to stop it and phase it in), some of his priorities are sensible, including strengthening SUNY schools on Long Island. Lupinacci, 35, is facing scant opposition from Dominick P. Feeney Jr., 60, a Melville Democrat who is not campaigning.
Newsday endorses Lupinacci.