Nassau County Legislature District 10

Posted: 10/23/2017 12:54:00 -04:00 Updated:

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David A. Adhami - C, R

Background
Adhami, 33, of Great Neck, is running on the Republican and Conservative party lines. Adhami is an attorney in private practice in Great Neck, specializing in civil litigation and criminal defense. He is a 2002 graduate of Great Neck South High School. Growing up, he worked in his family’s business, which included men’s clothing stores in Manhattan and Astoria, Queens. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Stony Brook University and a juris doctor law degree from Touro Law School. In October, he was elected to the board of Sephardic Heritage Alliance Inc., a charity that provides scholarships and other assistance to community members. Adhami is an active member of the Nassau County Bar Association. Adhami is single.

Issues
Adhami said, “Part of the reason I’m running is everything you hear on the news, from both sides of the political aisle, about corruption and waste,” Adhami said. “Being a child of Persian immigrants from a country, Iran, where elections traditionally were not held, I realize how fortunate I’ve been to grow up in this great country.” Adhami said, “I would like to be a voice for my people and the entire district.” Adhami said another reason he is running for public office is that he sees “too much wasteful spending.” He explained, “Coming from a long line of small business owners, I know that if a business doesn’t run itself in a financially responsible manner, then it goes out of business. When government doesn’t run itself in a financially responsible manner, they dip into the taxpayers pockets, increasing taxes and fees.” Adhami said, “I would stop the cycle of excessive spending and bring financial responsibility and accountability to the legislature.”

Ellen W. Birnbaum - D, IN, WF, WEP

Background
Birnbaum, 62, of Great Neck, is running on the Democratic, Independence, Working Families and Women’s Equality party lines. She received a bachelor’s degree in consumer economics and public policy from Cornell University and an MBA in finance from New York University. She is seeking her third term as a county legislator, having previously served as the director of the office of inter-municipal coordination for the Town of North Hempstead. Birnbaum is vice president of membership and former president of the Great Neck Lulav group of Hadassah, and she is an active member of Temple Israel of Great Neck. She is a member of the Great Neck Historical Society, and is a flutist with the Great Neck Rotary Summer Band. Birnbaum is married and has three children.

Issues
Birnbaum said, “I am a lifelong resident of Nassau County. I strongly believe that we need to attract new jobs, create exciting downtown areas, and make Nassau County a destination in which young families choose to live and work.” Birnbaum continued, “Public safety is a top priority, and I have been advocating for the return of a fully staffed Nassau County Sixth Precinct,” which was merged in 2012 with the county’s Third Precinct. Birnbaum said, “I believe that we need greater transparency in government and would like to cut wasteful spending at the county, decrease exorbitant county fee increases, and reduce the county’s high debt.” Birnbaum advocates creating “an independent inspector general office to improve transparency in county government and weed out corruption.”

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