In 22 years in the Assembly, Steven Englebright has been an effective advocate for his district and for Long Island.
Englebright, 68, a geologist from Setauket, wants to nourish entrepreneurship at Stony Brook University by investing in research on campus to create good-paying jobs. He is collaborating with the university and Brookhaven Town to resolve the contentious issue of off-campus student housing and is working on the needed overhaul of Route 347.
An ardent proponent of open-space purchases, his strong pro-environment voice will be more important to Long Island with the upcoming retirement of Robert Sweeney, chairman of the environmental conservation committee, and the looming battle over New York City's desire to resume pumping water from our sole-source aquifer.
Englebright's opponent, Republican Christopher Keegan, 49, of Port Jefferson Station, declined to participate in an endorsement interview.
Newsday endorses Englebright.