Steve Israel has power in Washington. The Democrat incumbent can make things happen for his district, and he does. Despite strong ties to the president, Israel is no Obama apologist. On the health care act, he admits mistakes were made and says we have to change them. But getting any bill through Congress involves compromise. Israel’s attitude: take the half-full glass and work on the rest later.
Israel is far less compromising where constituent services are concerned. When he’s advocating on behalf of a constituent, he’s a pit bull, and there’s a fair number of veterans, senior citizens and others who will attest to that.
Israel is opposed by Republican Grant Lally. This is not Lally’s first rodeo – he ran against Gary Ackerman for the same seat twice in the 1990s. Despite experience in as a candidate, he is untested as an elected representative, and it’s a rare person who earns a place on the Congressional team as a rookie.
Steve Israel has earned your vote, and our endorsement.