Assemblyman Losquadro sworn into office in Albany

DAN LOSQUADRO COURTESY PHOTO | Assemblyman Dan Losquadro is sworn in by former Assemblyman and acting New York Supreme Court Justice Craig J. Doran, as his wife Lynn, parents Victor and Anne, brother Steven and Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb look on.

Assemblyman Dan Losquadro (R-Shoreham) was sworn in as the new representative for the 1st District at a ceremony in Albany Tuesday.

Mr. Losquadro, who defeated incumbent Democrat Marc Alessi Nov. 2, said he looks forward to meeting the state’s fiscal problems head-on and is committed to capping and cutting property taxes.

“It is imperative for suburban lawmakers, both Democrat and Republican, to work together with Governor Cuomo to pass an austere budget that provides relief for the state’s overburdened taxpayers,” Mr. Losquadro said in a statement.

The assemblyman will be sworn in locally at his new district office in Calverton Friday.

It was not an easy race for Mr. Losquadro, who bested Mr. Alessi by fewer than 900 votes in an election that wasn’t decided for three weeks. On first count he held just a 40 vote lead.

A lifelong resident of the Shoreham-Wading River area and a graduate of Stony Brook University, Mr. Losquadro worked for nearly a decade in the insurance industry before first taking public office as a Suffolk County Legislator in 2003. He had served as Minority Leader in the Legislature since 2006.

A special election to replace Mr. Losquadro in the Legislature will be held this winter. Mr. Alessi (D-Shoreham), Brookhaven Councilwoman Jane Bonner (C-Rocky Point), former Legislator Martin Haley (R-Shoreham) and recent senate candidate Jennifer Maertz (D-Rocky Point) are among the hopefuls seeking their party’s nomination.