McCloy enters race for Legislature


Jack McCloy, a Baldwin resident, recently declared his candidacy for the 5th Legislative District seat Joe Scannell will not seek to retain in November. McCloy has announced as a Democrat, which means he will face Baldwin Board of Education Trustee Laura Curran in a primary in September. The winner of that race will campaign against Republican nominee Debbie Pugliese, who serves on the Baldwin Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors.

  McCloy is a long-time local activist best known for his campaigns against Nassau County’s use of red light cameras. (McCloy feels the cameras are revenue-generating devices and says the county “should not balance the budget by entrapping responsible motorists.”) He also coordinated with the Town Of Hempstead to improve the intersection of Grand Avenue and Sunrise Highway in 2011.

On his website, and in correspondence with the Herald, McCloy cited the need for lower taxes, fewer empty storefronts, local economic development and better accountability from those in charge of school finances among his reasons for seeking office.

McCloy’s email address is and he says he welcomes input from Baldwin Herald readers.