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Editorial: Re-elect Robert Sweeney in 11th Assembly District

Robert Sweeney, Democratic incumbent candidate for New York

Robert Sweeney, Democratic incumbent candidate for New York State Assembly 11th District. (June 28, 2012) Credit: James Escher

Much of Babylon

This race pits the leader of the Long Island Assembly delegation against a promising newcomer.

Robert Sweeney, a 63-year-old Democrat from Lindenhurst, serves as chairman of the Environmental Conservation Committee. Rashad Cureton is a 21-year-old from Amityville who switched to the Republican Party to run for office. Cureton, who is pursuing a master's degree in sports management, speaks passionately about providing educational opportunities for all. He's also concerned about the lack of jobs.

While we hope Cureton stays involved in politics, he doesn't make the case to turn out one of our most valuable players. Sweeney is a straight shooter who brings his 24 years of experience and creative thinking to the capital. The environmentally friendly parking lot at Lindenhurst Library he helped facilitate should become a model. Sweeney also voted for the much-needed property tax cap bill. In his next term, we challenge Sweeney to reconsider his opposition to charter schools, in an effort to boost the struggling schools in Wyandanch.

Newsday endorses Sweeney.

This is a corrected version. An earlier version incorrectly stated that Sweeney was the only Long Island Democrat to vote for the property tax cap bill.

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