SAYVILLE - A veteran politician and a newcomer are vying for an empty seat in the New York state Assembly. Andrew Garbarino, a 28-year-old attorney, has his sights set on a seat in the state Assembly. The Republican says he'll revitalize downtown areas if elected. Garbarino is running against well-known former Islip Town Councilman Chris Bodkin for Assembly District 7. With more than 20 years of political experience, the Democrat says he's ready to tackle issues like job growth and skyrocketing energy prices in Albany. Assembly District 7 runs along Suffolk's South Shore from Brightwaters to East Patchogue. It used to be represented by six-year veteran Phil Boyle, a Republican who's now running for state Senate. Political analyst Larry Levy says this race could be an uphill battle for Bodkin because he's known as a Republican but switched parties to run as a Democrat. Island Vote 2012 DebatesIsland Vote 2012: A closer look at LI's new voting districts