New York State Assembly, 21st DistrictPosted: Updated:
Brian F. Curran
Background: Curran, 49, is a lifelong resident of Lynbrook. Curran, elected in 2010 to the New York State Assembly, is seeking his fifth term. He is also running on the Conservative and Independence party lines. Curran previously served in public office as assistant prosecutor for the Village of Lynbrook from 1998 to 2007, and as village mayor from 2007 to 2010. In the assembly Curran serves as the ranking minority member of the ethics and guidance committee. He is a member of the banks, labor and insurance committees. Curran earned a bachelor of arts degree in history and political science from Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He received a juris doctor from CUNY School of Law. Curran was legislative counsel to the New York State Assembly from 1994 to 1996. Curran served as the Nassau Deputy County Attorney in the Litigation Bureau and Municipal Contracts from 1996 to 2001. Curran is an attorney in the law firm of Nicolini, Paradise, Ferretti & Sabella in Mineola. He is a former member of the Lynbrook Fire Department and a current member of the St. Baldrick's Children's Cancer Foundation. Curran is married with four children.
Issues: Curran said that his "proudest accomplishments in the assembly" include "fighting for the property tax cap, a middle class tax cut and record state aid for Nassau County schools." Curran said, "I am continually appreciative of my staff's efforts in providing constituents with the best services including helping residents on issues ranging from post-Sandy relief, immigration issues, municipal services [and] road repairs." Curran said that if re-elected he will "continue to work on making Nassau County a more affordable place to live and raise a family." He said that his goals for the next term include "reducing costly mandates on local governments and providing much needed property tax relief."
Judy A. Griffin
Background: Griffin, 55, of Rockville Centre, is on the Democratic, Working Families, Women's Equality and Reform party lines. Griffin worked from 2012 to 2017 as the director of community outreach for State Sen. Todd Kaminsky (D- Long Beach). Griffin grew up in Islip She earned a bachelor of science degree in business and economics from SUNY Oneonta. Griffin was certified as an integrative health coach by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in Manhattan and ran a small business in the field before working for Kaminsky. Griffin is an education activist. She continues to be a leader in the opt-out movement, which opposes excessive standardized testing. Griffin is a founding member of Indivisible RVC, and also works with Raising Voices RVC, Rockville Centre organizations that spark community dialogue about politics. Griffin is married with four children. This is her first run for public office.
Issues: Griffin says she is running for the state assembly because she believes "career politicians in Albany are out of touch with their constituents back home." Griffin said that if elected she will strive "to bring back a fair share of the tax revenue that the district sends to Albany." Griffin added that as an assemblyperson she would work "to ensure that government is kept out of women's personal reproductive health decisions." Griffin said that she would also seek "to enact common sense ethics rules to clean up corruption." Griffin said she plans to "work for a comprehensive approach to the opioid epidemic with more emphasis on prevention." In addition, Griffin said she will work "to build on statewide gun safety measures."