When Rep. Peter King (Republican Seaford) was first elected to Parliament in 1992, his district was entirely in Nassau County.
Now, when King is ready to retire in the House of Representatives after 28 years, parliamentary boundaries have been redistributed to the point where two-thirds of his district is in Suffolk. According to census data, District 2 is currently over 25% non-white. (King was originally elected in New York’s Third Protectorate District and has represented the second since 2013).
With demographic changes and the imminent departure of popular long-time incumbents, Republicans and Democrats are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on election donations and blitz to boost Republican Andrew Galbarino and Democrat Jackie Gordon. I started to spend.
Galbarino, who represents the Seventh Legislature District, and Gordon, a former Babylon city council member, have emphasized the signing issue of both parties and have vowed to work with both Democrats and Republicans.
Attorney and son of the Republican Chairman of the Islip, Galbarino of Bayport, 36, emphasizes support for law enforcement and support from a strong police union.
Former U.S. Army combat veteran and public school teacher Gordon, 55, emphasizes her support for the Affordable Care Act, which Republicans in Congress want to abolish.
In an interview, Gordon praised King’s work in Congress, including his terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 and his work in securing federal reconstruction funding for New York after the 2012 Hurricane Sandy.
But Gordon claimed that over the years, many of the district’s inhabitants received less than a fair share of federal funding.
“Representatives are important,” said Gordon, who emigrated from the Jamaican Baudles at the age of seven.
“People deprived … sometimes left behind.” Their representative said, “You may not realize that you need to address their needs, and that’s one of the reasons I’m running. It is one. “
Attorney Galbarino said he hopes to connect with voters and ensure they are most qualified as King’s successors. He made a door-to-door canvassing with King, including meeting his neighbor at King’s block in Seaford last week.
“If you have to oppose the party, if you have to oppose the Democratic Party, do it, because we will do our best for Long Island,” Galbarino said.
“After all, I have to live with myself,” he said.
District 2 stretches along the South Shore of Nassau and Suffolk counties.
This includes the majority of white and Republican areas in the Nassau community, such as Seaford, Massapequa, and Levittown.
In the Suffolk part, there are Democratic-minded ethnic minority communities such as Wyandanch, Brentwood and Central Islip.
The Democratic Party is in second place, ahead of the Republican Party by 164,059 vs. 151,993. According to the State Election Commission, there are 118,382 voters who are not affiliated with any political party, 17,500 independents, and 8,405 Conservatives.
In 2018, King defeated Amityville Democrat Luba Grechen Shirley by 128,078 votes and 113,074 votes.
“I would basically describe it as a blue-collar conservative,” King said of the district. There is a “traditional community” with “many union members, many police unions, firefighters … basically people who have a lot of respect for police officers”.
In general, political debates are not driven ideologically, according to King.
“There is no wild cause here. It’s basically a bread and butter district. These are real communities and most people have lived here for a while … basically ordinary people. “
“It’s a typical suburban swing district that could be the bell of the country,” said Richard Schaffer, chairman of the Suffolk Democratic National Committee.
Voters say, “I want someone to be moderate. They aren’t looking for the left or right edge because they’re a blue-collar middle-class district. [a] The classic swing district. “
So far, Gordon has raised $ 3.5 million for the race, while Galbarino has raised $ 1.2 million, according to the latest federal campaign submission posted on Friday.
Gordon finished the third quarter of 2020 with cash on hand of $ 928,182, compared to Galbarino’s $ 344,994.
Among Gordon’s donors are national groups such as ActBlue, EMILY’s List, and Hold the House Victory Fund, which aim to advance Republican candidates and turn over Republican seats.
Garbarino has received donations from the US Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Independent Business, and the US Israeli PAC, as shown in federal filings.
The nonpartisan Cook Political Report, a Washington, DC newsletter that analyzes and evaluates parliamentary elections and other major races, lists races in District 2 as “toss-ups.”
Kyle Condik, editor-in-chief of Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Political Center’s election newsletter Sabato, said, “Republican DNA is in the area while an outside Democratic group is pouring money into the race and expressing support. There are many. “
“It’s a very competitive race, with a little Republican support in the area, but Gordon has more money,” Condik said.
In TV commercials, Galbarino emphasizes support for the “Back the Blue” campaign, which seeks to support support for local police. His advertisements include Senator Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Congressman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-Bronx / Queens), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Mayor of New York Bill de Blasio, etc. I am using an image of a politician. Brasio.
“Democrats will defend the police as crime increases. Republicans will defend Blue,” the narrator said.
“I grew up here in Long Island. My values are the same as you. We protect the middle class, keep taxes down and respect law enforcement,” said a navy blazer and collared shirt. The Garbarino I wore is mentioned in the advertisement.
Gordon’s message emphasizes transpartisanness and healthcare.
Her campaign ads feature montages of her photos and videos at various stages, including immigrants, military police, single mothers, coaching counselors, and yoga instructors.
“I served under Democrats and Republicans, did the basics, and taught yoga,” she said in an ad when she was sitting at a kitchen table with a coffee mug in front of her. Say to.
“Some people in Washington think different things are a threat. I don’t want to see a woman who looks like me challenge the Old Boys Club,” she says.
Gordon disputed Galbarino’s proposal that Democrats would be bad for the police.
“I support law enforcement. I’m a law enforcement agency,” Gordon said in an interview. “I take law enforcement agencies with the community to close the gap.”
“I was in the military for 29 years, 27 of which were gendarmerie.”
She continued: “Since I was 20, my job was to keep public security and our community safe.”
Gordon, who came to the United States and grew up in Queens, said he was urged to join the Army at the age of 20 when he was enrolled at Hunter College in Manhattan in the 1980s. She recalled seeing an Army commercial with the slogan, “We do more than most people do all day before 9am.”
During her 29-year career in the Army, she served as platoon leader in Germany during the 1990-91 Desert Storm Operation. Head of operations in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Baghdad combat captain during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. And in 2012 as commander of the 310th Military Police Battalion in Afghanistan.
Gordon retired in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2014.
Gordon has been a member of Babylon Townboard for 13 years. She taught in Brooklyn and Half Hollow Hills for 10 years and was a school counselor at the Wilson Technical Center in Dix Hills.
Gordon said that if he was elected, he would rely heavily on lessons learned in the military.
“I’ve been in the military for 29 years, and I’ve never asked anyone because it doesn’t matter if it’s Democratic or Republican, looking left or right,” Gordon said.
“Two things are important. One is that we had each other’s backs, and the second was that we intended to complete the mission,” he said.
Galbarino said he would demand more federal coronavirus relief funding if elected to parliament. He argued that the bailout package should include more “federal funding for small business owners.”
He does not believe that Congress should “write a blank check in New York State” when considering more assistance to state and local governments.
“But I don’t want to see workers in Suffolk County lose their jobs. I don’t want to see police officers fired or teachers fired,” Galbarino said.
As a member of Congress, Galbarino said he supported Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s move to suspend face-to-face activities to curb the pandemic. He also said he supported Kuomo’s efforts to phase in the resumption of the economy.
Galbarino also supports the abolition of the $ 10,000 deduction limit for state and local taxes on federal tax returns.
Galbarino was first elected to Parliament in 2012. He is a minority member of the Insurance Commission and is also a member of the Code, Health, Higher Education, Horse Racing and Betting Commissions.
He graduated from George Washington University in Washington, DC with a bachelor’s degree in history. He earned a law degree from Hofstra University and watched a lecture by Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the Supreme Court.
Galbarino is a family law attorney named after his father, William Galbarino.
His dad is also the leader of the Republican chairman in Isliptown, but “I don’t always agree with him,” said Andrew Galvarino.
Galbarino said he was attracted to civil servants as a way to “protect his way of life” that he knew as a child.
“I think the South Shore of Long Island is a great place to live,” he said.
2nd Parliamentary District Candidate
Age: 55 years old
Education / Career: Graduated from Hunter College in Manhattan. Master’s degree in counselor education at CUNY Queens College. U.S. Army Reserve, 1984-2014 (retired in Lieutenant Colonel rank); teacher at New York City and Half Hollow Hills Public School. Babylon Town Board Member, 2007-2020.
Family: Single; 2 adult children
Age: 36 years old
Education / Career: Bachelor’s degree from George Washington University in Washington, DC. He holds a law degree from Maurice A. Dean Law School at Hofstra University. Attorney, William R. Galbarino, law firm in Sayville.
Family: Single; No children