Assemblyman Marc Herbst, who has represented the 14th Assembly District since he won a special election in February 1994, won by a large margin against two opponents on Tuesday night.
Herbst, who was the first Hicksville resident ever elected to the state legislature, defeated Liberal candidate Barbara Bubin-Buonagura, and Democrat Gary Burke to retain his seat. Burke also challenged on the Working Families Party line. Herbst ran on the Republican, Independence, Conservative, and Right-to-Life Party lines. According to unofficial results from the Nassau County Board of Elections Herbst received 28,276 votes to Burke's 16,255 votes and Buonagura's 409 votes.
The 14th Assembly district encompasses Hicksville, Island Trees, Seaford, Wantagh, and prats of Bethpage, Jericho, Levittown, North Wantagh, and Plainview.
Herbst is the ranking Republican member of the Assembly Standing Committee on Transportation, serves on the Legislative Commission on Critical Transportation Choices, and on the MTA Review Board. In addition he is the Ranking Republican on the Assembly Standing Committee on Energy and serves on the LIPA Clean Energy Panel. He is also the New York State Public Sector Chair for the American Legislative Exchange Council which is the largest, bipartisan individual membership association of state legislators.
Following his re-election, Herbst stated, "I would like to thank all the voters of the 14th Assembly District who showed overwhelming support of me in this re-election campaign. In the coming term I will continue to work towards lowering taxes and bringing more services and funding to the Long Island region."
Incumbent Assemblywoman Donna Ferrara has won her fifth term representing the 15th assembly district by defeating opponents Darlene Sigalow and Catherine Malone. The 15th Assembly District includes communities such as Westbury and East Meadow.
Ferrara ran on the Republican, Independence, Conservative and Working Families Party lines. Sigalow ran on the Democratic and Liberal lines and Malone ran on the Right-to-Life Party line.
First elected to serve in the assembly in 1992, Ferrara previously served as a legislative aide for Norman Levy and Legislative counsel for Senator Kemp Hannon, as well as deputy town attorney for the Town of Hempstead.
Very active in her local community of Westbury and the surrounding areas in her district, Ferrara pointed to her many accomplishments as an assemblywoman in her re-election bid. Health care and the environment are two issues in which the assemblywoman has been very active in her tenure and she plans to continue her work in these areas and others in the coming term.
According to the unofficial results from the Nassau County Board of Elections, Ferrara received 27, 546 votes, to Sigalow's 15,633 votes and Malone's 1,035 votes.
Following her re-election Ferrara stated, "I am very proud of the campaign. I worked very hard and I thought we had a great message and I'm pleased with the victory."
Assemblywoman Kathleen Murray, a Levittown native, was re-elected on Tuesday for her second full term in the state assembly.
Murray, who won a special election for the assembly seat in February 1998, defeated opponents Steven November and John Hagan, both of Merrick. Murray ran on the Republican, Independence, Conservative and Right-to-Life Party lines, while Hagan ran on the Liberal line and November ran on the Democratic, Green, and Working Families Party lines.
According to unofficial totals from the Nassau County Board of Elections Murray received 24,035 votes to November's 20,563 votes and Hagan's 272 votes.
Continuing the legislative initiatives and working on the local level are goals that Murray set forth prior to her re-election. Education and the environment have been two of her top priorities in the Assembly and she hopes to continue to improve both these areas throughout the state and specifically in her district.
Following her third election to the 19th district of the state assembly, Murray stated, "I am thrilled at the huge outpouring of support from not only my Levittown neighbors but from clear across the district as well. I look forward to serving the people of the 19th Assembly District and answering their needs and issues in Albany and here on Long Island as well."