On Thursday Oct 2 at 7:00PM The Westholme Civic Association will be hosting a candidate forum for the New York State Assembly, 20th District. This meeting will be be held at the VFW Hall 675 West Park Ave.
We are fortunate that both candidates running for this office have accepted our invitation. In addition both candidates for the Long Beach City Court Judgeship will be in attendance to speak of their qualifications.
Please think about the issues that are important to you, your family, our community and our great state and come find out where the candidates stand on these issues. The candidates will be taking your questions so please come prepared with questions.
We asked each to provide a short bio/profile for us to share with you. Listed below are the bio/profiles for each candidate. The bio/profile was provided by each candidate.
We hope you are able to attend this meeting to learn more about the candidates and please remember to make sure you vote on November 4th. We hope to see you at the next meeting
NOTE: The following responses were copied directly from the response email and were not altered in anyway.
Candidates for the New York State Assembly (20th District)
Avi Fertig has proven himself to be the South Shore’s public servant. The Republican-Conservative-Tax Revolt nominee for Assembly, Avi believes in PEOPLE – not Politics. Fertig has the vision and experience needed to deliver effective government and a better quality-of-life to the hardworking, middle-class families, young professionals, seniors and business-owners living and working in New York’s 20th Assembly District.
As Special Assistant to Town of Hempstead Senior Councilman Anthony J. Santino, Avi is known as the local “go-to guy in government” to resolve quality-of-life issues. Working closely with Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Councilman James Darcy, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Legislator Denise Ford, Avi has made a career out of helping his neighbors get the services and programs they deserve.
Avi’s Assembly Reform Agenda includes passing legislation and reaching across the aisle to CUT TAXES AND CREATE JOBS, to keep our communities safe and affordable for working families, allow seniors to retire with financial security and peace-of-mind, and support existing businesses and attract new industries, so young professionals can find well-paying jobs close to home and family.
Avi is dedicated to fix the deeply flawed Common Core — to end the misery it has brought to teachers, students, and parents — by supporting the innovative APPLE (Achieving Pupil Preparedness and Launching Excellence) Plan.
Avi Fertig will cut red tape and continue his successful efforts – so far he has helped scores of Sandy victims recover over $1.5 million dollars in NY Rising grants and previously-denied insurance claims – to recover and rebuild homes and communities wrecked by Sandy.
Avi Fertig has always been there listening to neighbors and will continue the tradition in the assembly district of having a forceful advocate in our corner in Albany.
Todd Kaminsky has brought some of New York’s worst criminals to justice, and advocated tirelessly for Long Island’s South Shore. Now he is running to represent the State Assembly’s 20th District to improve state government, and to put his skill and passion to work in Albany for South Shore residents.
As a federal prosecutor representing Long Island, Brooklyn and Queens, and as acting deputy chief of the Public Integrity Section, Todd took down corrupt elected officials who used taxpayer dollars to fund lavish lifestyles, as well as drug kingpins and other major felons.
Todd’s successful prosecutions include State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr., Assemblyman Jimmy Meng and notorious gangster James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond. For his role in the Rosemond case, Todd was given the True American Hero Award from the Federal Drug Agents Foundation.
Todd began his career as a prosecutor in the Queens District Attorney’s office, prosecuting domestic violence cases, robberies, shootings and other violent crimes.
As a community advocate, Todd has worked vigorously in support of the South Shore. He organized free legal clinics for those affected by Hurricane Sandy, and helped bring tens-of-thousands of dollars in relief funds to local residents. For his efforts, Todd was awarded the Community Service Award from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York and the Long Beach Martin Luther King Center’s Sandy Relief Service Award.
Todd’s commitment to public service is inspired by his grandparents, who collectively served 40 years on the Long Beach Board of Education. His mother and grandmother were also teachers in the Long Beach School District.
He received his law degree, magna cum laude, from New York University, and his bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Michigan.
Todd and his wife, Ellen, have been married since 2010. They live in Long Beach, where he grew up.
Candidates for the Long Beach City Court Judge:
Professional – Attorney with over 36 years of diverse legal experience including criminal law (including trial experience in the criminal courts of Nassau & Queens Counties), municipal code enforcement, landlord-tenant proceedings, real estate, zoning, municipal transactions and litigation. Presently a Deputy County Attorney in the Office of the Nassau County Attorney. Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Long Beach from January 2011 – May 2013. Thirty years of private sector experience including 23 years as in-house counsel for a major travel industry corporation and private practice attorney. Member Nassau County Bar Association.
WELL QUALIFIED – found “Well Qualified” for City Court Judge by the Nassau County Bar Association
Education – Long Beach High School; Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio – B.A.;
Fordham University School of Law – J.D.
Family and Community – Lifelong third generation resident of the City of Long Beach; married to Laurie Hommel, two daughters – Kristen and Caroline; volunteer at Nassau County Super Storm Sandy legal clinics at Long Beach City Hall; pro bono legal work for the Long Beach Booster Club and Long Beach Girls Lacrosse, Inc.; PAL youth lacrosse coach and Little League softball coach
My name is Corey E. Klein and I am running for election to become the next Long Beach City Court Judge. Long Beach needs a Judge who has dedicated themselves to serving the residents of our city and who understands and can help with the challenges and problems facing our community.
I grew up in Long Beach, attended school locally and graduated from Long Beach High School. I loved growing up in Long Beach. I attended Hofstra University where I obtained my Law Degree (JD) and my Masters in Business Administration (MBA). During law school and immediately following, I had the opportunity to work as a Law Clerk in the Long Beach City Court. I gained a great appreciation for the role our City Court plays in Long Beach. I then went to work in Manhattan but when an opportunity came to work as an attorney for the City of Long Beach I immediately accepted.
I have had the privilege to represent our great city for the last 20 years as the Long Beach Corporation Counsel, Chief Legal Advisor and City Prosecutor. I have done this for all the various political administrations that have governed the City. I have handled not only the most complex litigation involving the City but also have had the ability to help the residents of my home town. It has uniquely given me the insight and experience to become the next City Court Judge.
As President of the Long Beach Lawyers’ Association, I am proud that I was able to bring valuable legal assistance to my fellow residents by conducting legal clinics and offering online guidance immediately following Superstorm Sandy. We helped hundreds of people with free legal services.
As City Court Judge I hope to be able to make our Court more efficient and user friendly. Improvements in technology should be incorporated into the Court to help our residents. I envision a system where people can explain their parking tickets online instead of missing work to spend the day in Court. I would also like to make the Court more accessible by working to bring back night court for parking and traffic tickets. These improvements would allow more residents the opportunity to have their cases heard and create a more effective and approachable Court.
Having spent my career serving my fellow residents, I promise that I will continue to bring that dedication and experience to the Long Beach City Court.