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GOVERNOR Andrew Cuomo Incumbent – Democrat

Age: 60 Profession: Governor of New York Family: Divorced; lives with longtime partner and three children Other experience: Former campaign manger for his father, Mario; former assistant U.S. attorney; former secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development On the issues: Andrew Cuomo, seeking a third term as governor, has touted many of his administration’s progressive victories, including: establishing the Liberty Defense Project to assist immigrants threatened by federal policy, and the Office for New Americans. Cuomo also signed the

SAFE Act, which he called “the toughest and smartest gun safety program in the nation,” after the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012, and has overseen the creation of a paid family leave program, marriage equality legislation and anti-sexual harassment policies. Cuomo credits his administration’s tax policies with making a fairer system for all New Yorkers, and said he would continue to try to shield residents from the effects of the Republican federal tax overhaul, which capped SALT

deductions at $10,000, and disproportionately affects New York taxpayers. His campaign website further states, “Governor Cuomo knows that when women succeed, New York succeeds. He has fought to champion women’s rights and break down barriers to equality. Under Governor Cuomo, New York passed the most comprehensive paid family leave program in the nation, launched the most aggressive public university sexual assault policy in the country, fought for a comprehensive policy to combat sexual harassment, achieved the smallest wage gap in the country and ensured that contraceptive coverage is not interrupted, regardless of what happens in Washington. He will always protect a woman’s right to choose and will fight the extreme conservatives in Washington.”

Marc Molinaro Challenger – Republican

Age: 43 Profession: Dutchess County executive Family: Married, with three children Other experience: Former trustee and mayor, Village of Tivoli; former Dutchess County legislator and state assemblyman. On the issues: Marc Molinaro has promised to “restore the public’s trust in state government” through a fivepoint plan, including term limits of six two-year terms for legislators, allowing voter petitions for changes to laws or the state constitution and an independent redistricting commission. Molinaro said that his tax plan would provide more

than $13 billion in property-tax savings annually. Lowering property taxes overall, he said, would limit the impact of the state-and-local-taxes deduction cap for New Yorkers, and he would push for a number of Republican Senate Majority measures that did not make it to the Assembly or Cuomo’s desk last session that, he said, would ease taxes on businesses. On his campaign website, Molinaro states, “As a lifelong resident of our

great state, I’ve seen the struggles of so many families and have decided it’s time to end our state’s crushing tax burden, Albany’s culture of corruption and the extreme partisanship we see from our state government. Together, let’s make New York a place for families and individuals of all ages and backgrounds.” He further states, “At some level, corruption is not a problem that can be legislated away. There will always be bad actors willing to distort, twist and break the law to utilize the levers of government to serve themselves. “However,” he states, “there are systemic and structural failures that allow bad actors to thrive and too often perversely incentivize corrupt behavior. These failures must be addressed.”

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ATTORNEY GENERAL Keith Wofford Republican

Age: 49 Professional Experience: Attorney focusing on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, co-managing partner of Ropes & Gray’s Manhattan office; previously a senior securitization analyst at Moody’s Corporation Lives in: Manhattan Family: Wife, Marla, and two children. On the issues: Keith Wofford is looking to reverse rising taxes, crack down on corruption and address the statewide opioid epidemic. He has said previous attorneys general have used regulations to beat businesses over the head and force them to pay big settlements.

If elected, he would start an investigation into corruption at all levels of government, using all powers at his office’s disposal to crack down on corrupt elected officials and the state’s contracting system. Wofford would use money through settlements or judgments of opioidrelated lawsuits to equip first responders with treatment options for opioid victims. He would instruct the Organized Crime Task Force to investigate individuals bringing fentanyl and hero-

in into the state, and enlist the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit to probe physicians who overprescribe drugs. Regarding the ongoing investigation into sexual abuse by Catholic priests and the cover-up of such crimes, he would work with district attorneys across the state to investigate the matter. He would favor legislation that would expand the statute of limitations for victims of sexual abuse to bring a lawsuit against their alleged attackers. Wofford would call for changes to the federal immigration system, which he said now conflates legal and illegal immigration as the same thing. He would follow all federal mandates regarding immigration, and prioritize violent criminals and drug dealers regardless of their immigration status.

Letitia James Democrat

Age: 59 Professional Experience: New York City public advocate; previously a New York City Council member; head of the Brooklyn Regional Office of the state attorney general’s office; public defender Lives in: Brooklyn Family: Single On the issues: Letitia James said she is running because New Yorkers’ constitutional rights are under attack by President Donald Trump’s administration and a Republican-controlled Congress. She would mimic New York’s approach to Big Tobacco in her fight against opioid manufacturers, going after

companies that inappropriately market their medications known to cause addictions. She would also have a special counsel appointed to coordinate her anti-opioid efforts. On public corruption, James would seek to reduce campaign contribution limits, place stricter limits on entities lobbying within the state and fight to close the state’s double jeopardy loophole that could result in presidential parsons rendering Trump’s friends escaping prosecu-

tion in New York. She also singled out Trump’s businesses and said she would investigate those entities. She would fight against federal mandates on immigration, and bring legal action to keep Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents out of courts. James has said she would use the powers of the attorney general’s office to investigate systemic abuse and any cover-ups. She has also called for criminal justice reform, saying she would seek to codify the attorney general’s role as a special prosecutor in cases involving the police, push to end unnecessary police “secrecy” and push to have officers across the state wear body cameras.


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Thomas DiNapoli

Incumbent – Democrat Age: 64 Profession: State comptroller Family: Single, no children Experience: Thomas DiNapoli has been comptroller since 2007, when he was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Alan Hevesi, who resigned in the wake of a scandal. He was subsequently re-elected in 2010 and 2014, when he received the most votes of any statewide candidate, including Gov. Cuomo. Before coming to the comptroller’s office, DiNapoli was a 10-term member of the State Assembly, representing the 16th Assembly District from 1987 to 2007. In 2001, he lost his bid to become the Dem-

ocratic candidate for Nassau County executive to Tom Suozzi, now a U.S. representative from the 3rd Congressional District. On the issues: DiNapoli has been a critic of the state’s budget deficits since his first days in office, when he criticized fellow Democrat Gov. Elliot Spitzer’s proposed budget as “unsustainable.” Since then, he has weighed in on the fiscal aspects of nearly every area of public life in New York state. He has been

equally critical of Republican and Democratic municipal governments. Reports in the past year include an audit of Nassau County and Town of Hempstead Industrial Development Agencies that pointed to millions in uncollected PILOT payments and fees; an audit of the City of Glen Cove that found fault with a number of processes and procedures in the way the city did its finances; and a report that was critical of Valley Stream District 30’s management of the Green Acres PILOT payments that cost it and neighboring districts in lost revenue. Most recently, DiNapoli has been critical of the gap between what New Yorkers send to the federal government in the form of Social Security payments, unemployment insurance tax and other taxes.

Jonathon Trichter

Challenger – Republican Age: 47 Profession: Investment banker and financial adviser Family: Married with one son Experience: While Jonathon Trichter has never held elective office, he has been active as a consultant in New York City politics for many years. He worked on Elliot Spitzer’s successful run for attorney general in 1998. An investment banker specializing in public finance — especially pensions — Trichter worked for J.P. Morgan and was an adjunct professor of political science at Fordham University. He also ran a boutique restructuring firm, MAEVA Group, that was owned by 2010 Republican comptroller candidate Harry

Wilson. Trichter is a lifelong Democrat but is running in this election as a Republican. On the issues: Trichter criticized the process by which DiNapoli came to office in 2007, saying that the comptroller’s office should be nonpartisan. He has been critical of the way DiNapoli managed the deployment of technology platforms, calling the department’s new $200 million IT platform “a boondoggle.”

Trichter is pushing his experience as a consultant for pension funds as one of the chief reasons for his run. “The comptroller serves as the chief fiscal officer for the state and the sole fiduciary of the state’s pension system,” he said. “For those reasons, and because of my relevant professional experience, leaders of the Republican and Conservative parties have encouraged me to run.” On his campaign website, he states, “I will bring a fresh independence to the role of comptroller and provide a necessary check on the waste and inefficiency in state government. I will forensically audit Albany spending to identify every dollar that isn’t put to use for all New Yorkers, not just the politically connected insiders. I will never sign off on a budget that isn’t fair.”

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ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 14 Dave McDonough

Incumbent – Republican Age: 81 Profession: State assemblyman Family: Three children, David Jr., Susan and Scott; four grandchildren. Other experience: Past president of the Merrick Chamber of Commerce and Nassau County Council of Chambers of Commerce, founding member of Bellmore-Merrick Community Wellness Council, U.S. Coast Guard and Air Force. On the issues: McDonough supports “hardening” entrances to schools, hiring school resource officers for each school and providing additional school funding for

safety, without including expenses in the 2 percent tax-levy cap. On the opioid crisis, he would require insurance companies to increase the time limit of coverage for rehabilitation and treatment of addiction. McDonough has, in the past, shone a light on Nassau’s drug crisis. In 2010, he was among the first to raise the alarms bells about the heroin crisis, organizing a task force that involved Nassau County police, Town of Hempstead and state elected leaders.

Over the years, he has also been an organizer of drug take-back days. McDonough wants more investigative task forces to go after MS-13 members, and to increase information for schoolchildren about the dangers of gangs and recruitment. He also supports more affordable housing to help prevent the exodus of young people from Long Island, and to continue to increase job opportunities in the region. On education, he had supported the Common Core Learning Standards, but became a vocal critic of the program. In 2014, he held 11 hearings across the state to determine the effectiveness of Common Core, when the opt-out rate hovered in the 20 percent range, and called for a commission to review the program.

Michael Reid Challenger – Democrat

Age: 56 Profession: Career paramedic, volunteer firefighter, educator for the Northwell Health System EMS program. Family: Wife, Marie; sons, Patrick and Timothy; daughter, Christina. Other experience: Serves on the Board of Directors of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York; active in Merrick and Seaford Kiwanis clubs; helped found Bellmore-Merrick heroin awareness task force; and was honored in 1986 as the State Firefighter of the Year for saving the lives of four people trapped in a Freeport fire. On the issues: Michael Reid does not support armed guards at

public schools, but he does believe the decision should be up to communities. He said that violence prevention is the key to school safety, with early intervention for young people showing aggressive behavior, and state funding for support services and anti-bullying measures needs to be available. “Kids who develop aggressive or violent behavior are showing a clear sign of a kid in trouble,” he said. “These are the same warning signs for kids who may be at

risk for substance abuse and mental health issues.” Reid would push for legislation requiring insurance providers to cover a minimum of 90 days of inpatient treatment for people with substance-abuse disorder, and laws giving the state oversight of outpatient treatment programs and sober homes. Reid thinks that early intervention is also key in the fight against MS-13. He supports state aid to boost after-school programs and anything that supports youth and teaches interpersonal and communication skills. Reid said he would focus on creating good jobs, getting the area its fair share of state school aid and lowering taxes to keep young people on Long Island.

Among other areas, Assembly District 14 includes Bellmore, North Bellmore, North Merrick, Seaford and Wantagh.

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ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 18 James Lamarre Republican

Age: 42 From: Lakeview Profession: Small Business owner Education: Bachelor’s degree in communications from Walden University Family: Married with one child On the issues: One of James Lamarre’s first initiatives to improve District 18 would be to develop community programs to support local residents, including supporting after-school programs to keep students off the streets. He also wants to work with law enforcement to help fight gang violence in the district and reduce crime. On education, Lamarre

said he wants to evaluate poorly performing schools in the district, analyze why they are not performing at the highest levels and solve the issues. He also said, once in Albany, he would work to ensure that the district’s schools receive the most funding possible and help provide teachers with the resources they need to better do their jobs. He touts his experience as a small business owner and wants to provide support to the community by sparking economic develop-

ment that would attract other entrepreneurs to the district. He said sales tax dollars should stay in Nassau County to support residents and other small businesses. Lamarre believes the district needs more opportunities for residents to find jobs close to home and hopes he can help find some of the solutions. Lamarre also wants to provide support to seniors and veterans in the district, providing them with resources and better financial options to help them keep their homes.

Taylor Raynor Democrat

Age: 34 From: Uniondale Profession: Business consultant Education: Bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a minor in creative writing, from Spellman College; master’s degree in industrialorganizational psychology from Hofstra University Family: Two children On the issues: Taylor Raynor defeated Deputy Speaker Earlene Hooper, who held her seat for 30 years, in a September primary. Raynor is running on a platform of transparency and views the job as an opportunity to be the voice of the people whom she would serve.

Raynor’s first priority would be to open the lines of communication in District 18 by giving the residents an opportunity to share their issues, concerns and needs. She said she would host meetings with all political stakeholders, vowing to make herself accessible to anyone in the district. She wants to improve the district’s educational system and hopes to start in communities with the highest needs. Raynor believes that by addressing the district’s educational needs, she

In addition to other areas, the 18th Assembly District includes Freeport and part of Merrick.

would also be able to address other constituent needs. She also wants to focus on improving the quality of life in the region by repairing the district’s roadways, referring to them as “pretty disastrous.” She also wants to find effective solutions for storm resiliency and zombie homes. Once in Albany, she added, she would meet with representatives of the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery to help expedite recovery projects and get people back in their homes quicker. She also emphasized the importance of providing better resources and support for older adults, while ensuring seniors are able to keep their homes in Nassau County after retirement.


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John Brooks

Incumbent — Democrat Age: 68 Profession: State senator Family: Father and grandfather Other experience: Active volunteer firefighter with the Seaford, Medford and Lindenhurst fire departments, previously serving as Seaford’s chief of department; served on the Seaford Board of Education On the issues: John Brooks said he opposes armed guards in schools, as well as arming teachers. He said he would continue to push for a number of firearm safety bills that have been kept from a vote by Senate Republican leadership, and that all venues should be safe from gun violence. On the opioid cri-

sis, Brooks wants to raise awareness about the drugs’ dangers, improve services for people with substance use disorder and improve health insurance quality. He is a proponent of a “multipronged” approach, with local, state and federal officials making sure communities have what they need to combat opioid addiction. Brooks thinks the federal government is failing Long Island — in leadership and financial support — in the fight against MS-13, and wants more state funds for

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preventive programs and law enforcement efforts. Brooks’s plan to keep young people on Long Island boils down to lowering taxes and investing in job-creation programs. He has proposed a property-tax relief plan that would cap the percentage of school funding that can come from property taxes, and the First Home Savings Program. “We need to make it easier for young adults and people just starting their careers to afford to live on Long Island,” Brooks said. “That means we need to lower taxes and make it easier for young adults to live in their own apartments and homes. We also need to invest in job-creation programs to help unleash the potential of Long Island entrepreneurs and small business owners.”

Challenger — Republican Age: 49 Profession: Massapequa Park village mayor Family: Married, with four children Other experience: Previously worked in finance, and has served as deputy commissioner at the Town of Oyster Bay Department of Public Works On the issues: Jeff Pravato said believes that the state should provide more funding and grants to protect schools, including giving schools the option of a school resource officer, and for the latest in hightech security measures. He pledged to lead a collaborative effort with parents, coaches, teachers, police and mental health profes-

sionals to protect children from the opioid crisis, and wants stronger penalties for dealers and “shady” doctors who overprescribe opioids, as well as longer treatment coverage from insurance companies. He would push for more state funding and tools for communities and law enforcement to fight MS-13, and believes Nassau County police should be able to detain undocumented immigrants for arrest and deportation by federal agents. Pravato believes in stopping all new entitle-

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SENATE DISTRICT 8 ments and focusing on tax relief, including making the property-tax cap permanent, enhancing the STAR program and improving Long Island’s job climate. He said that infrastructure investments and downtown improvements are key to keeping young people in the area. “When you look around on Long Island,” Pravato said, “we have many of our young voters who move off the Island for one main reason: opportunity. We need to provide the best opportunity we can for our future to succeed. This is why I am running. I want to make sure that we can provide the opportunity for our young voters to stay here on Long Island, and work and raise a family here.”

In addition to other areas, the 8th Senate District includes Baldwin Harbor, Bellmore, Freeport, Merrick, North Bellmore, North Merrick, Seaford and Wantagh.

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(Vote for any Seven)

(Vote for One)

County Court Judge

DEMOCRATIC

Andrew M. CUOMO for Governor

CONSERVATIVE

Fiscal General

Senador de los Estados Unidos

(Vote for One)

Justice of the Supreme Court

1A

Kathy C. HOCHUL A for Lieutenant Governor

REPUBLICAN

United States Senator

DEMOCRATIC

KILLIAN C Julie for Lieutenant Governor

1. Mark only with a pen or pencil. 2. To vote for a candidate whose name is printed on this ballot, fill in the oval above the name of the candidate. 3. To vote for a person whose name is not printed on this ballot, write or stamp his or her name in the space labeled “write-in” that appears at the bottom of the column containing the title of the office. You must also fill in the oval corresponding with the “write-in” space in which you have written a name. 4. Any other mark or writing, or any erasure made on this ballot outside the voting ovals or blank spaces provided for voting will void this entire ballot. 5. Do not overvote. If you select a greater number of candidates than there are vacancies to be filled, your ballot will be void for that public office or party position. 6. If you tear, or deface, or wrongly mark this ballot, call the Board of Elections at (516) 571-2411 for instructions on how to obtain a new ballot. Do not attempt to correct mistakes on the ballot by making erasures or cross outs. Erasures or cross outs may invalidate all or part of your ballot. Prior to submitting your ballot, if you make a mistake in completing your ballot or wish to change your ballot choices, you may obtain and complete a new ballot. You have a right to a replacement ballot upon return of the original ballot. 7. To be counted, absentee ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than the day before Election Day and be received by the Board of Elections no later than seven (7) days after Election Day.

Jefe de Finanzas del Estado

(Vote Una Vez)

DEMOCRATIC

Attorney General

(Vote for One)

Gobernador y Teniente Gobernador

Marc MOLINARO for Governor

MErrICk

State Comptroller

Governor and Lieutenant Governor

1I

2I

3I

4I

20I

SAM

LIBERTARIAN

Stephanie A. MINER

LIBERTARIAN

Larry SHARPE Cruger E. Andrew C. HOLLISTER GALLAUDET for Lieutenant Governor

LIBERTARIAN

TAX REVOLT

Christopher B. GARVEY

David G. McDONOUGH

for Governor

Michael J. VOLPE I for Lieutenant Governor

for Governor

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OFFICIAL BALLOT FOR GENERAL ELECTION NOVEMBER 6, 2018 NASSAU COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS

ELECTIon’18

(Vote Once)

OFFICE

Smiles Happen Here!

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(Vote for One)

Juez de la Corte del Condado

Juez de la Corte de Familia

Juez de la Corte

Representante en Congreso

Senador Estatal

(Vote por cualquier Siete)

(Vote por cualquier Tres)

(Vote por Uno)

(Vote por Uno)

(Vote por Uno)

Distrito 2

(Vote por Uno)

Distrito 4

Distrito 8

District 18

District 14

Miembro de la Miembro de la Asamblea Asamblea Distrito 18

Distrito 14

(Vote por Uno)

(Vote por Uno)

8A

9A

10A

11A

12A

13A

14A

15A

16A

17A

18A

19A

20A

20A

DEMOCRATIC

DEMOCRATIC

DEMOCRATIC

DEMOCRATIC

DEMOCRATIC

DEMOCRATIC

DEMOCRATIC

DEMOCRATIC

DEMOCRATIC

DEMOCRATIC

DEMOCRATIC

DEMOCRATIC

DEMOCRATIC

Thomas P. DiNAPOLI

Letitia A. JAMES

Kirsten E. GILLIBRAND

George NOLAN

Marian R. TINARI

Deborah POULOS

Michael A. GAJDOS, Jr.

Norman ST. GEORGE

Helen VOUTSINAS

Ruth C. BALKIN

Catherine RIZZO

Robin M. KENT

Andrea C. PHOENIX

Andrew M. ENGEL

Valerie J. ALEXANDER

Kathleen M. RICE

John E. BROOKS

Michael F. REID

Taylor R. RAYNOR

1B

3B

4B

5B

6B

7B

8B

9B

10B

11B

12B

13B

14B

20B

REPUBLICAN

REPUBLICAN

REPUBLICAN

REPUBLICAN

REPUBLICAN

REPUBLICAN

REPUBLICAN

REPUBLICAN

REPUBLICAN

REPUBLICAN

17B REPUBLICAN TAX REVOLT

20B

REPUBLICAN

16B REPUBLICAN TAX REVOLT

19B

REPUBLICAN

15B REPUBLICAN TAX REVOLT

18B

REPUBLICAN

REPUBLICAN

REPUBLICAN

REPUBLICAN

REPUBLICAN

Jonathan TRICHTER

Keith WOFFORD

Chele Chiavacci Larry KELLY FARLEY

Stephen F. KIELY

Daniel T. DRISCOLL

John B. ZOLLO

Norman ST. GEORGE

Helen VOUTSINAS

Ruth C. BALKIN

Catherine RIZZO

Robin M. KENT

Michael W. ALPERT

Charles J. CASOLARO

Eric ZENI

Ameer N. BENNO

Jeffrey P. PRAVATO

David G. McDONOUGH

James LAMARRE

1C

3C

4C

5C

6C

7C

8C

9C

10C

11C

12C

13C

14C

15C

16C

17C

18C

19C

20C

20C

CONSERVATIVE

CONSERVATIVE

CONSERVATIVE

CONSERVATIVE

CONSERVATIVE

CONSERVATIVE

CONSERVATIVE

CONSERVATIVE

CONSERVATIVE

CONSERVATIVE

CONSERVATIVE

CONSERVATIVE

CONSERVATIVE

CONSERVATIVE

CONSERVATIVE

CONSERVATIVE

CONSERVATIVE

CONSERVATIVE

CONSERVATIVE

CONSERVATIVE

Jonathan TRICHTER

Keith WOFFORD

Chele Chiavacci George FARLEY NOLAN

Marian R. TINARI

Deborah POULOS

Michael A. GAJDOS, Jr.

Thomas RADEMAKER

Christopher L. GRAYSON

Robert M. NIGRO

Shaun K. HOGAN

Madeline Michael W. PETRARA PERRIN ALPERT

Charles J. CASOLARO

Eric ZENI

Ameer N. BENNO

Jeffrey P. PRAVATO

David G. McDONOUGH

James LAMARRE

3D

4D

16D

17D

GREEN

GREEN

GREEN

GREEN

GREEN

Mark DUNLEA

Michael SUSSMAN

Andrea C. PHOENIX

Andrew M. ENGEL

Valerie J. ALEXANDER

15D

1E

3E

4E

5E

15E

20E

WORKING FAMILIES

WORKING FAMILIES

WORKING FAMILIES

17E WORKING FAMILIES

20E

WORKING FAMILIES

16E WORKING FAMILIES

19E

WORKING FAMILIES

WORKING FAMILIES

WORKING FAMILIES

WORKING FAMILIES

Thomas P. DiNAPOLI

Letitia A. JAMES

Kirsten E. GILLIBRAND

Andrea C. PHOENIX

Andrew M. ENGEL

Valerie J. ALEXANDER

John E. BROOKS

Michael F. REID

Taylor R. RAYNOR

Andrew M. CUOMO for Governor Kathy C. HOCHUL for Lieutenant Governor 1F

3F

4F

5F

6F

7F

8F

9F

10F

11F

12F

15F

16F

17F

19F

20F

INDEPENDENCE

INDEPENDENCE

INDEPENDENCE

INDEPENDENCE

INDEPENDENCE

INDEPENDENCE

INDEPENDENCE

INDEPENDENCE

INDEPENDENCE

INDEPENDENCE

INDEPENDENCE

INDEPENDENCE

INDEPENDENCE

INDEPENDENCE

INDEPENDENCE

INDEPENDENCE

for Governor

Thomas P. DiNAPOLI

Letitia A. JAMES

Kirsten E. GILLIBRAND

George NOLAN

Marian R. TINARI

Deborah POULOS

Michael A. GAJDOS, Jr.

Vincent J. MESSINA, Jr.

Stephen J. LYNCH

David A. MORRIS

Michael W. ALPERT

Charles J. CASOLARO

Eric ZENI

Jeffrey P. PRAVATO

David G. McDONOUGH

1G

3G WOMEN'S EQUALITY

5G WOMEN'S EQUALITY

15G WOMEN'S EQUALITY

16G WOMEN'S EQUALITY

17G WOMEN'S EQUALITY

18G WOMEN'S EQUALITY

19G WOMEN'S EQUALITY

20G WOMEN'S EQUALITY

20G WOMEN'S EQUALITY

Thomas P. DiNAPOLI

Kirsten E. GILLIBRAND

Andrea C. PHOENIX

Andrew M. ENGEL

Valerie J. ALEXANDER

Kathleen M. RICE

John E. BROOKS

Michael F. REID

Taylor R. RAYNOR

WOMEN'S EQUALITY

Andrew M. CUOMO for Governor

C. HOCHUL G Kathy for Lieutenant Governor 1H

3H

4H

5H

15H

16H

17H

18H

19H

20H

20H

REFORM

REFORM

REFORM

REFORM

REFORM

REFORM

REFORM

REFORM

REFORM

REFORM

REFORM

Thomas P. DiNAPOLI

Nancy B. SLIWA

Chele Chiavacci FARLEY

Andrea C. PHOENIX

Andrew M. ENGEL

Valerie J. ALEXANDER

Ameer N. BENNO

Jeffrey P. PRAVATO

David G. McDONOUGH

Taylor R. RAYNOR

Marc MOLINARO

Julie KILLIAN H for Lieutenant Governor

LIBERTARIAN

(Vote for One)

District 8

DEMOCRATIC

Andrew M. CUOMO

I

(Vote for One)

District 4

7A

C. HOCHUL F Kathy for Lieutenant Governor

SAM

(Vote for One)

District 2

DEMOCRATIC

for Governor

1. Anote solamente con pluma ó con lápiz. 2. Para votar por un candidato, que aparezca en esta papeleta, rellene el óvalo que se encuentra encima del nombre del candidato. 3. Para votar por una persona cuyo nombre no aparezca imprimido en esta papeleta, escriba ó marque con sello el nombre en el espacio en donde esta escrito “write-in” al final de la columna donde aparece el titulo del cargo. Debe rellenar el óvalo en el espacio en donde esta escrito “write-in” correspondiente al lugar donde a escrito el nombre. 4. Cualquier marca, escrita ó borrada que aparezca en la papeleta fuera del óvalo ó espacios en blanco, señalados expresamente para votar, harán que la papeleta quede anulada totalmente. 5. No sobrevote. Si marca más del número de candidatos requeridos en la posición vacante, su papeleta será anulada en esa oficina pública ó posición del partido. 6. Si rompe, ó mutila, ó marca la papeleta erróneamente, llame la Junta Electoral al (516) 571-1245 para instrucciones de como reemplazar su papeleta. No intente corregir errores en la papeleta haciendo borraduras ó tachando. Borrar ó tachar pueden invalidar toda ó parte de su papeleta. Antes de emitir su papeleta, si ha cometido un error al completarla ó desea cambiar su selección, puede obtener y completar una nueva papeleta. Usted tiene el derecho de reemplazar su papeleta una vez haya retornado la papeleta original. 7. Para que su voto ausente sea contado, papeletas enviadas por correo deben tener el matasello fechado no mas tarde del día antes de la elección y deben ser recibidas por la Junta Electoral no mas tarde de siete (7) días después del día de la elección.

(Vote for any Three)

6A

Howie HAWKINS LEE D Jia for Lieutenant Governor

INSTRUCCIONES

(Vote for One)

DEMOCRATIC

for Governor

REFORM

Member of Assembly

5A

1D

WOMEN'S EQUALITY

Member of Assembly

DEMOCRATIC

GREEN

INDEPENDENCE

State Senator

4A

Marc MOLINARO

E

Representative in Congress

(Vote for One)

Juez de la Corte Suprema

(Vote por Uno)

District Court Judge

DEMOCRATIC

for Governor

WORKING FAMILIES

(Vote por Uno)

Family Court Judge

3A

KILLIAN B Julie for Lieutenant Governor

GREEN

INSTRUCTIONS

(Vote por Uno)

(Vote for any Seven)

(Vote for One)

County Court Judge

DEMOCRATIC

Andrew M. CUOMO for Governor

CONSERVATIVE

Fiscal General

Senador de los Estados Unidos

(Vote for One)

Justice of the Supreme Court

1A

Kathy C. HOCHUL A for Lieutenant Governor

REPUBLICAN

United States Senator

DEMOCRATIC

KILLIAN C Julie for Lieutenant Governor

1. Mark only with a pen or pencil. 2. To vote for a candidate whose name is printed on this ballot, fill in the oval above the name of the candidate. 3. To vote for a person whose name is not printed on this ballot, write or stamp his or her name in the space labeled “write-in” that appears at the bottom of the column containing the title of the office. You must also fill in the oval corresponding with the “write-in” space in which you have written a name. 4. Any other mark or writing, or any erasure made on this ballot outside the voting ovals or blank spaces provided for voting will void this entire ballot. 5. Do not overvote. If you select a greater number of candidates than there are vacancies to be filled, your ballot will be void for that public office or party position. 6. If you tear, or deface, or wrongly mark this ballot, call the Board of Elections at (516) 571-2411 for instructions on how to obtain a new ballot. Do not attempt to correct mistakes on the ballot by making erasures or cross outs. Erasures or cross outs may invalidate all or part of your ballot. Prior to submitting your ballot, if you make a mistake in completing your ballot or wish to change your ballot choices, you may obtain and complete a new ballot. You have a right to a replacement ballot upon return of the original ballot. 7. To be counted, absentee ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than the day before Election Day and be received by the Board of Elections no later than seven (7) days after Election Day.

Jefe de Finanzas del Estado

(Vote Una Vez)

DEMOCRATIC

Attorney General

(Vote for One)

Gobernador y Teniente Gobernador

Marc MOLINARO for Governor

MErrICk

State Comptroller

Governor and Lieutenant Governor

1I

2I

3I

4I

20I

SAM

LIBERTARIAN

Stephanie A. MINER

LIBERTARIAN

Larry SHARPE Cruger E. Andrew C. HOLLISTER GALLAUDET for Lieutenant Governor

LIBERTARIAN

TAX REVOLT

Christopher B. GARVEY

David G. McDONOUGH

for Governor

Michael J. VOLPE I for Lieutenant Governor

for Governor

WRITE-IN

This is not an actual ballot, but a composite of several sample ballots so as to reflect all the districts within the communities covered by your edition of the Herald. Complete reporting on candidates running in districts covered by the Herald – as well as the full text of our endorsements in each race – may be found at LIHerald.com/election2018

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2018 JUDICIAL CANDIDATES Judges of the County Court Judges of the Family Court Vote for one

Vote for one

Catherine Rizzo

Shaun Hogan Conservative

Democratic, Republican

Robin Kent

Madeline Petrara Perrin

Age: 49 Lives in: Woodbury Family: Married with one child Education: Bachelor’s degree, New York University, 1990; law degree, Quinnipiac Law School Legal career: As a practicing attorney for 25 years, and a principal law clerk at Nassau County Supreme Court for 15 years, Catherine Rizzo has written and participated in thousands of decisions. Currently the clerk for Judge Thomas Feinman, she is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association, the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Law Secretary Association. Other: Rizzo is a longtime member of the Syosset Parent Teacher Association, a former delegate to the Syosset PTA board and a past chairwoman to Syosset PTA Community Service. She is an honorary vice chairwoman of USMC Toys for Tots, Nassau County, a recipient of the BiCounty Award for Outstanding Community Service, and has been a Sunday School teacher at St. Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church for more than 10 years.

Age: 53 Lives in: Manhasset Family: Married with one child. Education: Law degree, New England School of Law, 1992 Legal career: Shaun Hogan has been in private law practice since 1998 in Jericho, litigating cases in the federal and state courts. He served as an assistant district attorney in the Nassau District Attorney’s Office from 1993 to 1998, where he served in the County Court Trial Bureau and the Organized Crime Division. In 1993, he was admitted to practice law in New York state and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He was admitted to the U.S. District Court, Eastern, Southern and Northern districts in 1998 and to the U.S. Court of Appeals, First and Second Circuits in 2003. Hogan is also a member of the Nassau County Bar Association.

Age: 53 Lives in: Jericho Education: Bachelor’s degree, State University of New York at Binghamton, 1987; law degree, St. John’s University School of Law, 1990 Legal career: Robin Kent first joined the New York City Corporation Counsel: Administration for Children’s Services, prosecuting abuse and neglect matters for seven years. Following her work there, she spent five years as a New York State Department of Education impartial hearing officer, while also spending two years in private practice. In November 2008, Kent was elected to the Family Court Bench in Nassau County and has been designated an acting Supreme Court justice. Since taking the bench, Kent has presided over matters relating to neglect and abuse, family offense matters, custody, guardianships and special immigration juvenile status. She had presided over the Family Drug Treatment Court in Nassau County. She is the lead judge for the Nassau County Family Court: Early Childhood Court. Kent is currently on the Board of Directors of the New York State Family Court Judges’ Association. She is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association and a member of the Woman’s Bar Association, as well as a member of the Family Court Child Care Center Advisory Committee. She is also on the Board of Advisers for the Center for Children, Families and Law at Hofstra University.

Age: 52 Lives in: Bayville Family: Husband and two daughters Education: Master of Law, New York University, 1995; law degree, Nova Southeastern Shepard Broad Law Center, 1994; bachelor’s degree, New York University, 1989 Legal career: Madeline Petrara Perrin has practiced law in both the private and public sectors for 20 years. She is currently the principal law clerk to a justice of the Nassau County Supreme Court. In that position, she manages a caseload involving commercial litigation. Petrara Perrin was also the senior appellate court attorney for the appellate division at the Second Judicial Department, where she was responsible for law appeals from the Family Court, the Supreme Court and the County Court. In 2008, she was appointed as an appellate attorney in the Law Guardian Program, where she was primarily focused on representing children in appellate matters. Petrara Perrrin also worked as an associate in private practice for a large firm in Manhattan and at a small boutique firm on Long Island. She is a member of the Bar Association in New York, New Jersey and Florida, and has been published in the Journal of the Legal Profession. In her free time, she is an active volunteer in various organizations and in a number of Bar and non-Bar organizations.

Republican, Democratic

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Valerie Alexander

Andrew Engel

Andrea Phoenix

Democratic, Green, Working Families, Women’s Equality and Reform

Democratic, Working Families Women’s Equality, Green and Reform

Democratic, Green, Working Families, Women’s Equality and Reform

Age: 49 Lives in: Hempstead Family: Two children Education: Bachelor’s degree, LIU Post, 1990; law degree, Hofstra University School of Law, 1993 Legal career: After earning her law degree, Valerie Alexander practiced law as an assistant district attorney with the Nassau County District Attorney’s office, where she acted as a liaison to help secure funding for local schools, churches and civic organizations. In her last years at the office, she helped establish the Nassau County Community and Treatment Courts, diversion courts that help defendants seek treatment and rehabilitation rather than incarceration. She was elected to the bench in 2000 and is currently a District Court judge and acting County Court judge, handling misdemeanor and felony cases. She was the presiding judge of the Domestic Violence Court and president of the Nassau County District Court Judges’ Association. She is also a member of the Nassau County and Criminal Courts Bar Association and the Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association.

Age: 63 Lives in: East Meadow Family: Married with two daughters and one granddaughter Education: Bachelor’s degree, Rider College; law degree, Brooklyn Law School Legal career: Judge Andrew Engel has served in the Nassau County District Court since January 2007, initially presiding over a civil IAS part, then a general criminal part, and now over a designated driving while intoxicated part, where he has handled exclusively DWI litigation for more than the past six years. From 2005-06, Engel served as the principal law secretary to Judge Elaine Jackson Stack, in the Nassau County Supreme Court Matrimonial Center. Before joining the New York State court system, he was engaged in the general practice of law for 25 years with the firm of Mahler, Harris & Engel, P.C. During that time, he tried numerous cases in the New York metropolitan area, and argued numerous appeals in the Appellate Divisions and in the Court of Appeals. While in practice, Engel served as a mediator for attorney/client grievances and as a court examiner in Article 81 Guardianship proceedings. Engel is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association and previously served as the dean of the Nassau County Bar Association Academy of Law, and as a co-chair of the We Care Advisory Board, the charitable arm of the Nassau County Bar Association. He remains a member of those boards. Engel is also a member of the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association, the Nassau County Jewish Lawyers Association and the NAACP Freeport/Roosevelt Branch. Engel is also a member of the Curriculum Committee for the New York State Judicial Institute and frequently lectures for the Judicial Institute and the Nassau County Bar Association to judges and lawyers.

Age: 59 Lives in: Baldwin Family: Single Education: Bachelor’s degree, Hampton University, elementary and special education; master’s degree, Ohio State University, educational communication; law degree, Hofstra University School of Law Legal career: Nassau County District Court Judge Andrea Phoenix serving in her 12th year, and currently serves at Nassau County’s Drug Treatment Court and Mental Health Court. In this position, she adjudicates both misdemeanor and felony cases involving mentally challenged defendants. In addition, she presides over a civil part involving trials, conferences and motions. Phoenix devotes much of her time to community service and mentoring. Before taking the bench, she was an attorney in private practice.

Michael Alpert

Charles Casolaro

Republican, Conservative and Independence

Eric Zeni

Republican, Conservative and Independence

Republican, Conservative and Independence

Age: 46

Age: 49

Age: 35

Lives in: Merrick

Lives in: Rockville Centre

Lives in: Levittown

Family: Married

Education: Bachelor’s degree, Adephi University, 1991; law degree, CUNY Law School, 1999

Family: Wife and two children

Education: Bachelor’s degree, Cornell University; law degree, Hofstra University Legal career: Two years after graduating, Michael Alpert served as a deputy county attorney for Nassau County from 1999 to 2002. In 2002, he began teaching criminal justice at Long Island University Post as an adjunct professor. And in 2003, he started his own private practice under Michael W. Alpert law offices.

Legal career: A Managing member Law Offices of Charles Casolaro in Garden City, he now serves on panel of administrative law judges for the Nassau County Department of Health, and is special counsel to the Town of Hempstead Housing Authority. He is also the attorney for the villages of Hewlett Harbor and Brightwaters. From 2003 to 2007, he was a prosecutor for the Village of Rockville Centre, and from 2005 to 2007, and then again from 2014 to 2016, he served as counsel to Rockville Centre’s planning board and board of ethics.

Education: Bachelor’s degree, Niagara University, 2004; law degree, Touro Law School, 2007 Legal career: Associate for Russ & Russ PC in commercial litigation from 2008-2012; associate for Solomon and Siris PC in real estate litigation from 2012-17 and February 2018-present; general counsel at Nassau University Medical Center 2017-February 2018.

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ELECTION 2018

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 4 Kathleen Rice Incumbent — Democrat

Age: 53 Profession: Congresswoman; former Nassau County district attorney Education: Touro Law Center On the issues: The two-term congresswoman, of Garden City, said she supports tax reform, but would like to see it done in a bipartisan manner and start from the beginning, not using the recent Trump tax plan. Rice said she would repeal the cap on state and local tax deductions because many middle-class families will endure a tax increase because of the $10,000 cap on deductions. Saying that closing the country’s borders to immigration, especially people fleeing war-torn nations, vio-

lence and oppression, abdicates the U.S.’s responsibility. Rice said that refugees and immigrants can continue to enter the country and maintain security, as the current vetting process is extensive and effective. She supports bipartisan immigration reform and opposes the president’s separation of thousands of families at the border, the end of the Temporary Protected Status program for individuals from Haiti, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Sudan, and the Muslim travel ban.

Rice said the Affordable Care Act is not perfect and much could done to improve the law. She does note that the ACA has helped as 21 million people who didn’t have health insurance before to see a doctor, and it has reduced the uninsured rate to a record low of 8.8 percent, helping to decrease overall health-care costs. A change she does support is repealing the “Cadillac Tax” on employer-provided health insurance. The tax was intended to hit only the costliest plans, Rice said, but the tax would disproportionately affect middleincome Americans. To help local municipalities identify and investigate potential cancer clusters, Rice voted for the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.

Ameer Benno

Challenger — Republican Age: 42 Profession: Lawyer Education: Cornell Law School On the issues: The Bellmore resident is a first-time candidate, who believes the Trump tax plan could be improved. The $10,000 cap for state and local tax deductions devalues properties and discourages families and businesses from moving to or staying in Nassau County, which has one of the highest tax burdens in the country, Benno said. He said he would repeal the cap. Benno said that leveling the playing field and lowering the tax rate for such businesses, which are classified mostly as S corpora-

tions, compared to the lower-taxed C corporations, would be a start. He said he would eliminate the interest on student loans cap ($2,5000 per year) along with the income limit for the deduction to encourage repayment and boost the economy. Benno said that, at minimum, the cap should be doubled for married taxpayers filing jointly. Aiming for a simplified tax code, and loopholes — such as for carried interest — must be eliminated, he

said, adding a complicated tax code favors large corporations and the wealthy, which can afford many accountants and attorneys. A simpler code would allow people the security of being in compliance with the law, while wasting less time and money, Benno said. He supports legal immigration and said it should be based on merit and the rule of law, while putting the needs of American first. Benno believes the economy is harmed by lowering wages on the lowest-paying jobs, drains the coffers of social services and causes crime and civic breakdown. He calls for prioritizing highly skilled would-be immigrants and end the visa lottery system, having a path for highly educated foreign students to remain in the U.S.

The 4th Congressional District encompasses several suburban communities in southern and central Nassau County.

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