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POLL: Abrahams or Rice for Fourth District Dem Nomination?

Democrats Kevan Abrahams and Kathleen Rice will square off next week in the primaries. Who will win?

A legislator and a DA, both veteran leaders in Nassau County, are squaring off for the Democratic nomination for in New York's Fourth Congressional District.

Nassau County Legis. Kevan Abrahams, D-Freeport, and Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice will go head-to-head Tuesday during the primaries.

Abrahams was elected to his current office in 2002 and became the Democratic leader in 2011 while focusing his efforts on stabilizing property taxes and healthcare, funding after-school programs, and reducing gun and gang violence.

Rice, elected to be DA in 2005, has run on her record of being tough on DWI, plea-bargaining, gun violence and crime, and corruption.

As they battle it out for the Democratic nomination for Rep. Carolyn McCarthy's seat, the two are working to grab as many votes in favor of their very different professional and political backgrounds.

"I've spent my entire career as a problem solver," Rice told Newsday. "People want to hear how you'll make their lives better."

"I have more legislative experience than any other candidate," Abrahams replied in the report. "This is a legislative position, not an executive or prosecutor position."

Who is your pick for the Democratic nomination? Vote in the poll above and weigh in below in the comments.

Bob West June 23, 2014 at 03:52 PM
@ joe, I may disagree with your theory that Blakeman got his Port Authority job through "governor" friends. I think more likely he got it because of the multi-million dollar trucking company his wife inherited from her daddy. Daddy's company was investigated several times. Blakeman was pushed out of the PA the year after his divorce. His wife still had her job with the MTA but reportedly dropped the Blakeman last name. Since Blakeman's only other real job was for *his* daddy's law firm, I guess perennially running for elected office was a logical next step.
joe thrapp June 23, 2014 at 04:46 PM
Bob, whoever gave him the job the only qualification was to have friends in High Places. I don't know how he lost this patronage job. In 2008 the Democrats took over the Governors Mansion in Albany. I guess they have their own list of cronies to give patronage jobs to.
Jack June 23, 2014 at 10:18 PM
I'm voting for Abrahams- I think the democrats are hypocrites for allowing that wacky questionably woman Rice to run against a black man. If they truly believe in diversity then Rice shouldn't be forcing Abrahams to the back of the bus. The new district was gerrymandered to incapsulate as many blacks and hispanics inorder to give an affirmative actionn candidate the election. By having Rice, who we don't really know where she lives, running throws the whole diversity mantra into flux. Western Nassau County has become a black and hispanic enclave. Solid communities of Nassau County have become centers of crime and disorder like Elmont, Inwood, Lawrence, ValleyStream, Hempstead, Roosevelt, New Hyde Park, etc etc etc.

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