New York State Assembly, 7th District

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Andrew R. Garbarino
Republican

Background: Garbarino, 34, of Bayport, is seeking his fourth term in office. He is a lawyer at the family law firm in Sayville. He earned a bachelor's degree in history and classical humanities from George Washington University, and earned his law degree from Hofstra University School of Law. He is a member of the Rotary Club and Knights of Columbus, and is counsel for the Captain Merrill H. Masin and Graham D. Masin Foundation, which awards more than $25,000 in scholarships a year to local high school students. Garbarino is running on the Republican, Conservative, Independence, Reform and Women's Equality party lines.

Issues: Real property taxes are the biggest thing on people's minds, he said, so he would like to make the state's 2 percent property tax cap permanent when it comes up for renewal. "It has helped on Long Island but we need to do more to fast-track growth here to help property taxes go down, or offer mandate relief," Garbarino said. He also will seek more funding to increase the number of beds to help with drug treatment programs, and work for more programs to help people from getting affected, such as the new pharmacy drug take-back program, where people can drop off unused drugs. He said he will continue to focus on infrastructure repairs for sewers and septic to protect water quality and lessen nitrogen going into Great South Bay, and road work such as fixing traffic backups at the Oakdale Merge on Sunrise Highway. "We're there to make sure schools are funded and roads are maintained," he said. "Our No. 1 priority is to make sure people can enjoy their lives."

Thomas E. Murray III
Democratic


Background: Murray, 31, of Bayport, is making his first run for office. He is running on the Democrat and Women's Equality party lines. Murray is an environmental lawyer. He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Richmond and his law degree at the University of Richmond School of Law. He is a member of the Greater Sayville Civic Association. He is married.

Issues: Murray said he will focus on things that will keep members of his generation on Long Island. "Most of my friends have left because of high taxes and the cost of living. I want to help keep my generation on Long Island," he said. Cleaning the water in Great South Bay by improving septic systems and implementing sewer districts is key, and Murray said he will seek funding for septic systems. He would advocate on a case by case basis for smart growth, he said, done with local community support and preserving green spaces, and not overdevelopment. It's past time to fix the infrastructure, he said, starting with the Oakdale Merge, the section where the Sunrise Highway and Montauk Highway connect between Great River and Oakdale. If elected, Murray said he would focus on constituent services and be an advocate year-round. He also supports the single-payer New York Health Act.

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