The Post’s local endorsements for 2020
New York is a mess. The economy is in free-fall, crime is soaring and Democratic Socialists who’d add to the pain are on the rise. To avoid the extremism of one-party rule with the far-left in the driver’s seat, voters must act — in particular, to keep the state Senate from going over the cliff.
Senate District 1: Anthony Palumbo (R), a former prosecutor with a proven record in the Assembly as a tax reformer and public-safety advocate, is the obvious choice to succeed longtime Sen. Kenneth LaValle in this Suffolk County seat.
SD 3: Suffolk Republican Alexis Weik, a mother, civic activist and businesswoman who understands basic pocketbook issues, deserves to unseat incumbent Monica Martinez (D), who helped pass the state’s disastrous bail reforms.
SD 4: Suffolk voters should give veteran Republican Sen. Phil Boyle, a voice for sanity on crime who has a realistic grasp of the state’s budget mess, another term. The Legislature needs experienced problem-solvers.
SD 5 (Nassau-Suffolk): Ed Smyth (R) fought overdevelopment as town councilman and will fight against rollbacks in public safety and education funding. He wants an independent investigation into nursing-home deaths during the pandemic.
SD 6: Republican Dennis Dunne, a veteran Marine and county lawmaker, ought to oust first-term Nassau Democratic Sen. Kevin Thomas, whose lefty votes on criminal justice have helped endanger Long Island families.
SD 22: Brooklyn businessman Vito Bruno (R) is our choice to unseat another freshman incumbent, Sen. Andrew Gounardes, who supports defunding the NYPD and voted for the insane no-bail law.
SD 40 (Westchester-Putnam): Former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino (R) is the clear choice over incumbent Sen. Peter Harckham, who keeps having to apologize for his campaign’s lies. Where Harckham has enabled the no-bail, tax-hike crazies in the Legislature, Astorino will be a force for fiscal and criminal-justice sanity.
Assembly District 63: Anthony DeGuerre (R) aims to oust longtime Democratic incumbent Michael Cusick on Staten Island’s South Shore. A veteran attorney, his victory would send the right message on criminal justice.
AD 64: Michael Tannousis (R), a son of Greek immigrants who has served as an assistant district attorney in The Bronx and Staten Island, prosecuting serious felony cases involving violent crimes and drug sales, is the right pick to succeed Nicole Malliotakis and fight against radical criminal-justice reforms.
AD 76: Manhattan doorman Louis Puliafito (R) should be a real-life “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” story, who can shake up the Legislature with the common sense so lacking in incumbent Rebecca Seawright, who is running on a third-party line after failing to qualify as a Democrat.
11th Congressional District (SI-Brooklyn): In a race where both candidates denounce Mayor de Blasio, but only one of them actually ran against him, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R) deserves to unseat freshman Rep. Max Rose.
14th CD (Bronx-Queens): Retired cop John Cummings (R) is a longshot against celebrity Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but his belief that education is the civil-rights fight of the 21st century is the kind of radicalism New York and the nation need.
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Joann Ariola (R) is another underdog against City Councilman Donovan Richards, a creature of the Queens Democratic machine who has been front-and-center on defunding the NYPD and pushing extreme criminal-justice “reform.”
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