State Sen. Charles Fuschillo, R-Merrick, soundly defeated Democratic challenger Carol Gordon Tuesday to earn an eighth term in Albany.
With 77 percent of precincts reporting, Fuschillo garnered 66 percent of the vote, 40,126 to 20,845. It marks the third straight State Senate election for the Eighth District that Fuschillo has defeated Gordon, a Massapequa resident who is a former mental health clinic manager and patient advocate at the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Sen. Fuschillo, who was first elected to Albany in 1998, chairs the Senate Transportation committees and sponsored several anti-drunk driving laws including Leandra's Law. Fuschillo also authored New York State's telemarketer Do Not Call Registry law and helped create the Bioscience Center at Farmingdale State College. He serves on the Senate Committees on Civil Service and Pensions; Codes; Commerce, Economic Development, and Small Business; Consumer Protection; Energy & Telecommunications; Finance; Health; Judiciary; and Rules.
The Eighth District Fuschillo serves includes Seaford, Wantagh, Massapequa, Massapequa Park, East Massapequa, Farmingdale, Freeport, Merrick, North Bellmore, North Merrick, Roosevelt Amityville, Copiague and Lindenhurst.