SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY — Election Day is right around the corner, and voters will choose between incumbent Democrat state Assemblyman Steve Stern and Republican challenger Aamir Sultan in the general election on Nov. 8 for New York State Assembly District 1o.
The 10th district covers Huntington, South Huntington, Huntington Station, Huntington Bay, Cold Spring Harbor, Lloyd Harbor, Dix Hills, West Hills, Melville, and part of East Farmingdale.
In anticipation of the election, Patch asked candidates in the contested races to answer questions about their campaigns and will publish candidate profiles as election day draws near. Here are their answers, lightly edited for clarity.
City or town of residence
New York State Assembly, 10th District
B.A. Tulane University; J.D. Western Michigan University
Attorney for over 25 years
Wife Meredith and two sons
Does anyone in your family work in politics or government?
Previous public office, appointive or elective
6-term Suffolk County Legislator, 16th Legislative District (1/1/2006-12/31/2017)
2-term New York State Assemblyman, 10th Assembly District (4/30/2018-present)
Why are you seeking this office?
“I am seeking re-election to build on a record of accomplishment in delivering real results for our community, particularly during these challenging times.”
What are the major differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post?
“I am proud of my record of service to our community during my six terms in the Suffolk County Legislature and through two terms in the New York State Assembly. I have a proven track record of accomplishment, including passing six bills during my first six weeks in the Assembly and several historic initiatives in the Legislature that were the very first of their kind in NY state and in the nation. I have always worked cooperatively with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to deliver real results that have made my neighbors proud.”
If you are challenging an incumbent, in what way has the current officeholder failed the community?
What other issues do you intend to address during your campaign?
“Protecting our tax dollars, protecting our waterways, and protecting the safety of our suburban streets and our quality of life.”
What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?
“During my tenure in the Assembly, I have worked hard to:
Protect Long Island homeowners by making the New York State property tax cap permanent and securing a property tax rebate credit for STAR and Enhanced STAR.
Ensure that our local schools received historic funding, including for mental health and special needs, by bringing home our fair share.
Preserve our environment by securing funds to help Long Island communities protect our precious drinking water.
Pass commonsense legislative initiatives that keep guns out of the wrong hands, secure our schools and keep our children and teachers safe.
Deliver record support for our local small businesses and economic development on Long Island.
Secure funding for our local law enforcement to fight crime, prosecute violent gangs, and keep our streets safe.
Voted to codify Roe v. Wade into New York State law and safeguard the right to access abortion services.”
What is the best advice anyone ever gave you?
“Knock on as many doors as possible, especially during non-election years, because that’s where the best ideas come from and how you learn about the people you are privileged to represent.”
Is there anything else you would like voters to know about yourself and your positions?
“My neighbors know I am exactly the kind of representative to best serve our community and reflect our suburban values, particularly during these challenging times.”
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