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Mon, 31 Oct 2005

NEWSDAY ENDORSES ABRAHAMS

NEWSDAY ENDORSES
For Nassau Legislature

October 31, 2005

This year, Republicans are seeking to snatch control of the Nassau County Legislature from the Democrats, who hold a one-vote edge in the 19-seat body. All incumbents are running for re-election. Here are Newsday’s endorsements in the Nov. 8 election.

FIRST DISTRICT
South central Nassau
Incumbent Democrat Kevan Abrahams, 31, of Hempstead is a bright, effective legislator who deserves a second full term. He is focused on bringing economic development and jobs to his district, especially via minority-owned businesses. He worked diligently to get funding for social services programs, which he believes are the best way to address concerns about gangs. Abrahams was also instrumental in getting a new $4-million clinic to serve the Freeport-Roosevelt area. It will open in 2007. Now this rising star needs to step forward and take a leadership role in untangling the problems that have stalled redevelopment of Roosevelt’s Nassau Road.
The Republican challenger, Dale Edmonston, 41, of Uniondale, raises an important issue, the availability of county services for those who are HIV-positive. Unfortunately, it is the AIDS activist’s only issue. We endorse Abrahams.


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