3rd Congressional District Profiles

Compiled By Jano Tantongco

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THOMAS SUOZZI (D) [Democrat]

 

What issues are most important to you?

“The people in our district are as concerned about the same issues they are nationally, and they’re all related to security, the terrorism and ISIS. Economic security related to people’s wages and the economy. And it’s the security of our democracy that’s being threatened by things just not getting done and everyone being so discouraged at how they can’t stand politics and government anymore. A lot of that’s influenced by dark money, campaign finance and those type of things.”


What is an issue that you believe is commonly neglected?
 

"I think we need to pay a lot more attention to the environment. That’s a big focus of mine, personally. It doesn’t necessarily poll as one of the top issues. And, I’ve been endorsed by the Sierra Club and the Long Island Environmental Voters Forum. Our drinking water quality, the Long Island Sound, climate change, the need for sewers in big parts of Huntington and Suffolk County generally.”
 

What could use improvement in the Town of Huntington?

“It’s a great conglomeration of diverse areas, with a vibrant downtown area and the beautiful waterfront of Northport, Asharoken and Lloyd’s Neck… It’s really just a naturally-beautiful place with a tremendous sense of community. I’m very interested in trying to sewer areas that aren’t sewered… [and]  trying to raise money for that from the federal government. That would help to deal with stormwater runoff and its effects on the Long Island Sound. I think that’s something that’s common throughout the entire district. I always think of the Long Island Sound as being our national park.”


How will you continue Congressman’s Israel’s support of veterans?

“I have a deep personal interest in issues of drugs, alcohol and mental health. That’s something we need to make a better focus on with all of our veterans. People who come back from serving in the military not only with physical injuries, but with injuries we can’t see that they take with them to bed at night. That’s a national problem that we certainly face here on Long Island. I also want to make a huge focus on trying to bring resources into the Northport VA.”

 

What are your thoughts about the presidential election?
 

“I think everybody is very discouraged. It’s not so much that people are mad... it’s that they're discouraged. I’m supporting Hillary Clinton, but I see people every day that say things like ‘I don’t like either candidate.’ My closest friends and family, people that love me, say things like, ‘why do you want to run for Congress? You can’t do anything anyway.’ That’s a very sad commentary on what’s going on. I don’t believe it. I still believe in politics, I still believe in government, I still believe the United States of America is the best country in the world. If we can get people of good will, democrats and republicans to talk to each other and work with each other, we can solve the problems we face.”

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JACK MARTINS (R, C, R) [Republican, Conservative, Reform]

 

What issues are most important to you?
 

“It’s the economy, it’s job creation. Most important: Middle class tax relief, small business relief. I do believe small businesses are having an extraordinarily tough time. They are the great job creators in our country and everyone says that, but it also means we have to give them the opportunity to succeed. We have got to cut through the red tape…  And, we need tax reform. We need a reliable tax policy that allows for our small businesses, frankly, to be competitive. They need to be able to keep more of their hard-earned money.”

What is an issue that you believe is commonly neglected?

“Foreign policy. What are we doing for national security? I think there’s a real sentiment out there that we need to focus on the resources necessary locally for national security to assure that all of the incidents that we oftentimes see happening in different parts of the world don’t become the new normal here at home... It is a poor testament to where we are headed that it seems like our country is being torn apart on so many different levels and variables when we need leadership to actually bring people together and understand that there’s more that unites us than tears us apart.”

What could use improvement in the Town of Huntington?

“We have to focus on the economy. We’re blessed with having the great coastal communities that we have, but we also have a responsibility to reinvest in those communities and protect them… Huntington also is home to Cold Spring Harbor and the lab. Certainly, it is a jewel here on Long Island, so our ability to provide funding and resources and incentivizing those investments in the hopes that they will lead to a larger effort to create jobs into the next century.”

How will you continue Congressman’s Israel’s support of veterans?

“We have worked together on veterans issues. They are big shoes to fill… We’ve carried bills, he in Congress, and me in the State Senate, to assist homeless veterans by creating a fund paid for through our tax returns on a state level... I’m happy to continue to work with our veterans to make sure they continue to have all of the resources they’re entitled to. If we consider the blank check that the veterans wrote for this country when they served, it’s our responsibility to make sure that, when they do come home, the resources of our country are there and available for them.”

What are you thoughts about the presidential election?

“I think people are quickly making up their minds. People are now focusing on the down-ballot races… I’m voting for the Republican candidate because he has expressed that the country is headed in the wrong direction. He is committed to tax cuts for the middle class and for small businesses. Frankly, that is the single most important issue: the ability to put our economy back on track, put people back to work and allow for opportunities going forward. I have grave concerns about Secretary Clinton. I have certainly concerns about her experience, her foreign policy decisions and certainly she has said in no uncertain terms that she wants to continue down the same path of these last eight years.”