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Saturday, March 28, 2015
A look at the battle for McCarthy’s seat
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Kevan Abrahams
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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AlisonDGilbert

This article has presented a fairly comprehensive picture of the upcoming primaries candidates but has failed in one very important area. Kevan Abrahams who is running against Kathleen Rice for the Democratic spot has repeatedly sought to debate the Nassau DA. She has refused every request. As a result, she has lost the support of many potential backers. Kevan has gained those backers and has the support of many others. Clearly someone who refuses to face their opponent has something to hide, shows a lack of respect for the democratic process and deprives the public of the opportunity to get to know their candidates better. Before anyone goes to the polls on June 24th to cast their vote, think very hard about this. Kevan has nothing to hide. He is an honorable, dedicated man who has already served the residents of Nassau County well. Kathleen Rice may have an impressive platform. But actions speak louder than words. Her actions or repeated lack of action to debate Kevan casts a shadow of doubt upon her viability. This is a crucial point that the Herald candidates profile has not addressed in any detail other than to say, "Rice declined an invitation to debate Abrahams before the primary."

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