Seeking a third term, Edward Ra is steadily developing as a legislator. Ra, 33, of Garden City South, won passage of his bill to study local aircraft noise. And he is pushing a measure to enable small businesses to set aside profits tax free. This page opposes his call for a Common Core moratorium and the politicization of the issue. However, as the ranking Republican on the education committee, he did make the effort to crisscross the state to hear residents' concerns. We would like him to renew his drive to reform how Regents are selected, and we applaud his preference to rebuild infrastructure through a multibillion-dollar windfall the state is receiving from banks after the economic crisis.
Democratic challenger Gary Port, 52, of West Hempstead, has strong ideas about boosting the local economy and fighting Medicaid fraud. However, Ra has earned a new term, which he should use to become a more forceful voice for Long Island.
Newsday endorses Ra.