The 14th Assembly District includes Bellmore, North Bellmore, Merrick, North Merrick, Wantagh, Seaford and parts of Levittown.
McDonough, 83, has been in the Assembly for 19 years. He also served as the president of the Nassau County Council of Chambers of Commerce.
McDonough lives in Merrick.
Patch reached out to the candidates to get more information about them. Here’s what McDonough said:
Why are you seeking elective office?
To continue to help my constituents and all residents of the state of New York.
The single most pressing issue facing our nation/state/community is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it.
The pandemic, taxes, education and I have successfully assisted over 95 percent of the over 400 requests for assistance with unemployment benefits and have strongly supported the 2 percent real property tax cap. I also continue to advocate for more funding for our schools on Long Island.
What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post?
Describe the other issues that define your campaign platform.
In reality, as a New York State Assemblyman, I am employee of my constituents and all residents of the State of New York.
What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?
I authored a major change in the New York State Education law which now protects all students in private schools as well as public schools, in reporting cases of sexual abuse, whereas in the past it only covered public schools. There are over 500,000 students in private school in New York State.
The best advice ever shared with me was:
To always strive to help someone each day.
What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions?
I have over 40 years of community service organizations and as past president of the Nassau County Council of Chamber of Commerce and now in my role as a public official and continuing to do my best to help those in need of assistance and information.
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