In the race between incumbent Debra Mulé and challenger Eric McEvoy, the choice to re-elect Mulé comes down to experience in the highly political arena that is the Nassau County Legislature.
Mulé, a Democrat, is now finishing her second term, during which she has advocated for revitalization and green projects in Baldwin, Freeport, South Hempstead, and parts of Rockville Centre, Merrick and Oceanside.
The legislator has an established track record of following through on projects, despite bureaucratic red tape, pandemic delays and political opposition, with unwavering persistence and creative problem-solving.
If re-elected, Mulé said she wants to finish the projects that she has either initiated or adopted during her tenure as legislator, which not only would improve the quality of life of residents and the business economy, but also would create environmental sustainability.
These projects include remediating the Oakwood Beach Club property in Baldwin, building upon flooding mitigation efforts on Long Beach Road in South Hempstead and following through on the reconstruction of this crucial county thoroughfare.
While Mulé has been effective at project management, she has been less so in addressing systemic issues within the government. For example, even though she has made a directed effort to employ a diverse staff, this doesn’t translate to creating or pushing for policies that address the lack of diversity in the county workforce overall.
As a newcomer to politics but a veteran in community building through his basketball coaching and managerial experience at Verizon, McEvoy is partial to the big-picture approach to politics. His platform prioritizes business support and public safety. The lack of specificity in his platform and lack of understanding regarding his role and jurisdiction in the Legislature, however, are disqualifying.
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