Ari Brown defeats David Lobl in 20th Assembly District special election


In the special election on April 7 to succeed former State Assemblywoman Melissa "Missy" Miller, Ari Brown defeated fellow Cedarhurst resident  David Lobl 4,667 to 2,413 in the special election that included nine days of early voting.

Brown will run again in the general election in November.  As of press time, Lobl did not respond to whether he would run again.  Miller, of Atlantic Beach, is now a Town of Hempstead councilwoman representing the 3rd District.

“I want to thank the residents of the 20th Assembly District for the confidence that they have placed in me,” Ari Brown, wrote in an email on Election Night. "I am eager be an effective force for the residents of the 20th  District when I join the State Assembly.  What’s more, I am committed to working against the corrosive effects of the ‘cashless bail’ law, I will push to suspend the state’s gas tax and I will tirelessly labor to preserve our suburban quality-of-life.”

Brown, 54, has served at least two decades on local government boards as a Cedarhurst village official. He grew up in Franklin Square before he moved to Cedarhurst with his family in 1991. From 1998 to 2001 he served on the village’s zoning board – a position that fit his qualifications with his background in construction. He eventually became a trustee in 2001 and was appointed as deputy mayor in 2019. He also served on the architectural review board.

“Eric ‘Ari’ Brown’s victory in the special election for the New York State Assembly is also a victory for the residents of the 20th District,” Nassau County Republican Committee Chairman Joseph. Cairo, Jr. stated in an email, also on Election Night.  “Ari will be a powerful voice for public safety and tax relief in Albany.”

Previously Brown said he would advocate for more parental choice in the education system and review what he called former Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 2021 Covid nursing home scandal.

He also aims to help return the state's economy to pre-Covid standards. This includes reversing the $1 billion commuter tax, what is called congestion pricing, which impacts all vehicular traffic entering and leaving Manhattan south of 60th Street.