Tom McKevitt and Kevin Brady vie for assembly seat

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McKevitt: I have lived in the 17th Assembly District my entire life, and know the concerns and needs of its residents. I am a homeowner, property taxpayer, husband and father who knows how hard it is to make ends meet for the average family. Over two million New Yorkers have left the state over 10 years. This is a trend we must reverse by providing a business friendly environment to create jobs and keep our young people in this state. I have a solid record of voting against the largest tax and spending increases in New York State history, as well as opposed the MTA payroll tax. I have supported reducing the New York State income tax to its lowest level in 58 years for middle-income earners, and repealing the MTA tax for all schools and 78 percent of businesses. I have always listened to my constituents and represented them well in Albany for seven years. If re-elected, I will continue to provide strong representation.

Brady: I’m running for State Assembly because I am tired of my neighbors and Long Island’s working people being forgotten. One of our own should represent us, someone who both lives and works in the district and stands apart from both major parties. I am a third-party member, unapologetically biased in favor of the middle class, in favor of small businesses and New York-made products. I first started running because I did not want to see my family, friends and community represented by an assemblyman with a troubling record. Now, it’s become not just about protecting the Nassau County tax rebates or fixing state funding formulas for Long Island’s schools. I have no doubt that I am the candidate that best understands what our district’s families’ needs are and wants to represent the entire district — not just his hometown. I am the only candidate offering ideas on better helping our veterans, keeping our drinking water safe, expanding protections for our children, cutting education spending outside of the classroom and fighting outrageous increases in Long Island Rail Road ticket prices. Those are our communities’ values, no matter what party or color we are, or where we live in the district.

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