This story was written by Chris Boyle.
The North, Central
and South Merrick Civic Associations
held their fourth annual “Meet the Candidates” night Tuesday in the clubhouse of the Merrick Road Park
to North and Central Civic president Claudia Borecky, the joint effort
between the two Civic Associations is of paramount importance this year
due to recently redistricting, which changed the areas certain
do it to give the people an opportunity to know who their candidates
are who are running in the races,” Borecky said. “It’s a very important
year because we have the senatorial, the assembly and the congressional
example, Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy never represented this area
before,” Borecky added. “A lot of people don’t know her. Also, in North
Merrick, Assemblyman David McDonough did not represent our area, and now
he will, so people will want to hear from him. It’s an interesting race
due to the redistricting.”
candidates chose to make their presentation together — 14th Assembly
District Incumbent David McDonough, R-Merrick, and 8th Senate District
Incumbent Charles Fuschillo, R-Merrick.
“Senator Fuschillo and I have done a lot with Governor Cuomo in
eliminating New York State’s $13 billion deficit, and turning it
around,” McDonough said. “As for jobs, we’ve also worked with the
Governor to give companies tax incentives to hire people.”
agreed that he and McDonough had done great work together, and, if
re-elected, the duo said they plan on doing even more for residents.
been fortunate in my position, and Dave in his, to do what we can do to
support the education system here in Merrick,” Fuschillo said. “As for
the state, we’ve had two consecutive balanced budgets, and we’ve lowered
the Income Tax rate for the middle class in New York to the lowest it’s
been since 1957.”
Fuschillo in the Senate race is Democrat Carol Gordon, who is running
for the third consecutive time. Gordon worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs for 25
years before leaving to become a small business owner and politician.
“I’m for the people and the issues that are important to them,” Gordon said. “I’m never going to give up until I’m elected.”
is opposed by Democrat John Brooks, who is running for the assembly seat for
the second time. A former fire department chief, Brooks is determined
to reduce local taxes and increase state aid to schools if elected.
have been too many cuts to state aid for schools,” Brooks said. “I have
plans to get as much money for our children’s education as possible if
contested position represented at the meeting was that of the 4th
District Congressional seat. Incumbent Carolyn McCarthy, D-Mineola, is
well-known for her strong stance on gun control throughout her 15-year
tenure. Due to redistricting, McCarthy now serves all of the Merricks and Bellmores,
whereas previously she only served a small portion.
known very well for trying to reduce gun violence in this country,”
McCarthy said. “But I’ve also taken up the causes of health care and
education, because to me, all three pieces actually fit in to what I
want to do for the American people...my constituents.”
McCarthy is Legis. Francis X. Becker, R-Lynbrook, who has served as a Nassau
County Legislator for the past 17 years, in addition to being a small
business owner and a financial planner.
understand how difficult it is for a family in this economy to survive,
provide an education for their children and save for retirement,”
Becker said. “That’s what I do each and every day, and working in the
Legislature, I understand the challenges of government.”
Another rival for McCarthy’s Congressional seat is Conservative Party member Frank Scaturro.
father emigrated from Italy as a boy, and brought with him values that
he instilled in our family,” he said. “Those values include faith, hard
work, commitment to playing by the rules, and, of course, the emigrant
work ethic, which for my money, is the same as the American work ethic.”
of the candidates in the race for the 18th Assembly District, incumbent
Earlene Hooper, D-Hempstead, or Republican challenger Elton McCabe,
were able to attend the meeting.
addition to those individuals running for political offices, other
candidates represented and speaking at the meeting that night included
Supreme Court Justices, County Court Judges, and 1st and 2nd District
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