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Friday, September 19, 2014
Avi Fertig earns GOP nod
Will vie for District 20 Assembly seat
Courtesy Avi Fertig
Avi Fertig, the Republican candidate for Assembly District 20, which encompasses Oceanside, Island Park, the Five Towns, Atlantic Beach, Long Beach, East Atlantic Beach and East Rockaway, will run against the winner of a Democratic primary.

Avi Fertig said he subscribes to the philosophy of Harry S. Truman, encapsulated in this quote by the nation’s 33rd president: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”

Fertig, 41, of Woodmere, who worked for Nassau County Legislator Howard Kopel (R-Lawrence), and is now working for Town of Hempstead councilmen Anthony Santino and James Darcy, said he has been involved in helping people, and wants to expand his reach. “Good government looks like getting a phone call back, having someone listen, trying to understand the problem, then helping to solve it,” Fertig said.

He was selected by Nassau County Republicans at their nominating convention, on May 29, as their candidate to run for the Assembly seat in District 20, which encompasses the Five Towns, Atlantic Beach, Long Beach, East Atlantic Beach, Island Park, Oceanside and part of East Rockaway. “He is very active in the community, very experienced, as he has worked for Howard Kopel, myself and Jim Darcy,” Santino said. “He knows every community organization, many religious organizations. He is a real go-getter, understands local government and understands the needs of the community.”

After Hurricane Sandy, Fertig helped a Woodmere family whose house foundation cracked due to storm damage and their insurance claim was denied. “I spent months reading, drafting an argument, detailing the nonsensical minutiae,” he said, referring to the “earth movement” clause in flood insurance policies that proved to be trouble for many homeowners trying to get payments for damage. “We helped clear the way for a change in policy.”

Through his positions working for Kopel and then for the town, Fertig said, he has handled a wide array of issues, ranging from helping a resident articulate why a tree should be removed to shepherding the Hatzalah volunteer ambulance garage project in Woodmere. “There are issues of coordination between the town, village and county. When I worked for Howard, Tony and Jim, the districts overlapped, and we were immediately able to establish communication,” he said, in explaining how he helped to resolve constituent problems. “To bring the state into that mix is tantalizing.”

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