Two years ago, we observed that Democrat Michelle Schimel, 57, of Great Neck, had served in the Assembly since 2007 with energy and passion, but without much effectiveness. She's still irrepressible, but has since demonstrated the ability to get things done.

From a bill that could save lives by requiring municipalities to notify firefighters about houses with a type of construction likely to collapse when burning to another that will save money by extending the use of lever machines for school votes, she has managed to make law.

Republican Douglas Lee, 63, of Manhasset, is a computer systems management professional. This is his first run for office. He's thoughtful and pragmatic, particularly on energy. But it would be hard for a minority party freshman whose focus is support for fracking to deliver for Long Island.

Schimel should make good on her pledge to become an effective voice for renewable energy. When engaged, she can be impossible to ignore.

Newsday endorses Schimel.

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