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Thursday, November 27, 2014
New faces for new Assembly seat
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Michaelle Solages and Sean Wright are the two candidates for the new 22nd Assembly District.
Wright: My main objectives as assemblyman would be to continue to fight for tax relief for our already overburdened middle class, as well as to attract good paying, stable jobs to the area. I want families to be able to maintain a decent quality of life, while enabling our young people to afford to stay on Long Island, where they can one day aspire to the dream of home ownership. I have a young child, and another on the way, and I want them to be able to stay here in Nassau County when they reach adulthood if that is what they want. I want the choice to be theirs.

Herald: What are your thoughts on the tax cap?

Wright: Tax relief is a top priority of mine. The purpose of the tax cap was to rein in the taxes imposed upon property owners by school districts and municipalities, and keep spending under control. I would seek strict standards by which the federal and state governments must fully fund their mandates. This would make compliance with the tax cap a realistic goal.

Solages: The residents of the 22nd Assembly District realize that our public schools are facing tremendous financial stress. As responsible citizens, we must all work together to provide the best possible education for our children without shifting the tax burden to the homeowners. I believe that state lawmakers should enact legislation to provide mandate relief and also increase state aid. As an assemblywoman, I would work closely with the Special Education Parent Teacher Association and New York State United Teachers to ascertain which mandates are intrusive and which are essential. Thereafter, I would work with my fellow legislators to repeal nonessential mandates.

Herald: What should be done to bring more business to the district?

Wright: More business can be attracted to the district by concentrating on the Nassau Hub, just several miles to the east. When this aging complex was first developed in the 1970s and 80s, 16,000 good paying jobs were created. Now we have an area that is in need of re-development, which will in turn generate employment opportunities throughout the surrounding areas, and strengthen the whole of Nassau County.

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