State Assembly: Palumbo vs. Conroy
Incumbent Republican Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo (R-New Suffolk) is running against Michael Conroy (D-Manorville), who has not been actively campaigning.
Mr. Palumbo, 46, is an attorney elected to the assembly in 2014 to fill a seat that had been vacant.
He is an attorney in private practice, and before that, an assistant district attorney.
Since taking office, he says he has opposed raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour, saying it would be a problem for small businesses, and he helped pass the first-time home buyer exemption to the two-percent land transfer tax.
He feels opioid abuse and heroin use are major problems and supports bills to extend the maximum observation time for people who overdose from 48 hours to 72 hours.
Michael Conroy, 60, thus far has not actively campaigned or appeared at candidate forums. According to the Suffolk County Democrats website, Mr. Conroy is a construction worker and a 37-year member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, where he was an executive board member for 14 years.
Two years ago, he ran on the Democratic line opposing Mr. LaValle for state senate, but Mr. Conroy did not actively campaign then either.
The second Assembly district covers all of Southold and Riverhead towns along with a fairly large section of Brookhaven Town, stretching as far south as Center Moriches and as far west as a portion of Port Jefferson.
The state assembly and senate positions each have an annual salary of $79,500 per year.