NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
Two-year term, full-time
2014 salary: $79,500 plus per diem
Party lines: Democratic,
Independence, Working Families
About him: John McManmon, 28, was raised on Eastern Long Island and is a graduate of Riverhead High School, Tulane University and Columbia Law School. Since law school, he has been an attorney in private practice.
His pitch: Mr. McManmon recalls his experience in New Orleans as a student when Hurricane Katrina hit – namely seeing the role government played when disaster struck – as an inspiration to run for public office. He says he wants to ensure that Eastern Long Island is a place where middle-class people can find decent jobs, afford homes and build their lives, offering a plan he says will reduce the tax burden and attract jobs.
The Aquebogue native most recently worked as lawyer for a New York City law firm and cites his pro bono work as a source of pride.
In his words: “My campaign is founded on the idea that honest and hard work can make a real difference in people’s lives. In the Assembly, that’s precisely what I intend to do.”
Hamlet: New Suffolk
Party lines: Republican, Conservative
About him: Mr. Palumbo, 43, a lifelong Suffolk County resident, worked for the New York County District Attorney’s Office after college and attended St. John’s University Law School. In 1998, he joined the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, eventually becoming East End trial supervisor. In 2004, he entered private practice in a small Mattituck firm.
His pitch: Mr. Palumbo lives, works and has raised his family in the 2nd Assembly District, investing his time, business and family’s future here. Returning effective government to the people begins with a no-nonsense approach to governing and Mr. Palumbo said he intends to use his prosecutorial experience to tackle corruption head-on and restore the public trust in public service. He is dedicated to strengthening New York’s public corruption laws, protecting small businesses from the rising costs of big government, reducing spending and controlling our property taxes.
In his words: “Residents are tired of countless stories of corruption.”