A look at the battle for McCarthy’s seat

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Career: President, Madison Strategies, Ltd., a business consulting firm; executive director and board member, New York Police Chiefs’ Benevolent Association; deputy counsel, Nassau County Fire Marshal’s Benevolent Association. Formerly: Vice president, American Jewish Congress; attorney at law, Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara & Einiger, LLP; commissioner, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; partner, Robert M. Blakeman & Associates; senior fellow, Homeland Security Management Institute of Long Island University; president, Tobacco Settlement Local Development Corp.; director, ACCPAC, Inc., a Silicon Valley software company.

Political experience: Elected Town of Hempstead councilman in 1993 at-large election. Won election to Nassau County Legislature in 1995 and 1997. With the support of his fellow Republicans, Blakeman was the Legislature’s first presiding officer from 1996 to 1999. In 1998, he was the Republican candidate for state comptroller, but lost the election. He then lost his 1999 bid for re-election to the County Legislature to Jeff Toback. Blakeman finished third in the 2010 Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand holds.

Goals: Repealing the Affordable Care Act, replacing ACA with “assigned risk system,” creating jobs, lowering taxes on “job creators” and the middle class, cutting government regulations like Dodd-Frank, cutting spending, streamlining government, building up the military, reducing the deficit, permitting and promoting fracking, expanding the private sector and faith-based services, defending religious freedom from government infringement, and ensuring proper healthcare for veterans.

Frank Scaturro (R)

Age: 41

Lives in: New Hyde Park

Family: Unmarried.

Education: Bachelor’s degree, Columbia University; law degree, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Career: Partner, FisherBroyles, LLP. Formerly: Visitng professor, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University; counsel for the Constitution, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans; litigation associate, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP; litigation associate, Lane & Mittendorf, LLP.
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