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Saladino, Young Face Off for NY Assembly Republican Primary

Current Assemblyman Joseph Saladino will be pitted against newcomer attorney Richard Young.

Republicans will head to the primary polls on September 13th to decide who will represent the party in the new District 9 elections later this year.

The New York State Assembly District maps were redrawn earlier this year and maneuvered most of Assemblyman Saladino's current district, 12, to within the borders of the new District 9 – which includes Babylon Village, West Babylon, West Islip, parts of North Babylon and Brightwaters, all of the barrier beaches and Nassau County's Massapequa and Massapequa Park areas.

Saladino, a Massepqua native, has been in office since March 2004 and has 23 total years of government service. He has worked on "reform, reducing taxes and restoring efficiency to State government," according to his New York State biography. He has also worked to increase the power of "Megan's Law" and created a Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse Relief Task Force. Before becoming an assemblyman, Saladino served as a reporter and news anchor with News 12 Long Island as well as WALK, the former WYNG and WLIW.

Young, who lives in West Islip, calls himself a die-hard conservative, tea party supporter and defender of the Constitution, according to his campaign website. He is a former Suffolk County police officer and New York City Police Department Sergeant. After being seriously injured in 1988, Sgt. Young left the force to retire early. He began practicing law after earning a degree from St. John's School in 1993. He has founded his own law firm, Young & Young, Esq., in Central Islip.

Saladino recently told Anton Newspapers he was being endorsed by the Massapequa Tea Party, Rep. Peter King (R–Seaford) and the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Tax Revolt Parties of both Nassau and Suffolk Counties among other organizations. Young told Anton Newspapers he is being endorsed by the Conservative Society for Action, based out of Brightwaters.

NY Patriot September 08, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Yes, heard about it and am a bit outraged. Young Seeks Investigation of Saladino’s Campaign Expenses September 5, 2012 - Richard Young, candidate for the New York State Assembly’s Ninth District, has asked Attorney General Eric Schneidemman to investigate apparent irregularities in Assemblyman Joseph Saladino’s financial disclosures. Young stated that it appears that Mr. Saladino is being reimbursed twice for the same expenses, once from his campaign account and a second time from the New York State Assembly. There appears to be a direct correlation between the number of days he spent in Albany and the amount of reimbursement he claims from his campaign account. Assemblymen are compensated for expenses related to their trips to Albany. If Mr. Saladino is in fact diverting campaign funds, this would be a violation of the laws of New York State, a breach of the public trust and an unacceptable diversion of campaign funds for personal use. “An investigation is warranted,” said Young.
Madeline September 13, 2012 at 01:05 AM
To Citizen Kane: I am interested in what your affiliation is with this Mr. Young who has no experience to run an Assembly District whatsoever. Please advise your affiliation. Assemblyman Saladino has a long proven record of reaching out to his constituents, listening to them and fighting the tough fights on behalf of them and I, as one of his constituents, can tell you first hand that no one works harder to preserve and protect our community. You would do better than well, all of us would do better than well to vote for Assemblyman Saladino and keep him in office and to carry on the fights as needed. Yes, you are right. This has become ugly but only because of the negative campaign Young is running. God help those who fall into his trap.
NY Patriot September 13, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Interesting..... Instead of staying on issues, the messenger is yet again attacked. Citizen Kane: I too am concerned about the expense issue; as I am concerned with the incumbent's donations and connections with Working Families Party; his twisting of facts like being a Defense Lawyer makes him a monster, when in fact our Judicial system states a person is considered innocent until proven guilty; his proud association and endorsement from Vision Long Island an organization that wants to reduce Long Island sprawl (meaning single family homes and replace them with high density, multi-income housing units and more, and more than I want to type here. Several people were discussing concern about the voter balance; it is a 50/50 distribution between both Nassau and in Suffolk County. Madeline, it is good that you like your representative and are happy with the results he has provided you to date. My concern is that we need to have people in office that are not tied to the job but want to bring forth real change in Albany. We need to elect people that are looking to do more than talk about fixing things, but are willing to really fix the mandate issues that are plaguing our property taxes, clean up and consolidate where we can (and not destroy the level of services that are important to the daily function of our State. Why not look at Young on the Issues, you may just like what you see. http://www.richyoung2012.com/issues/
Judy Pepenella September 13, 2012 at 04:59 AM
I have read way too much trash talk regarding today's Repuiblican Primary for Assembly District #9. I think a few facts, not favoritism is needed. There are 2 great websites that will give you facts free of favoritism, Project Vote Smart (ratings and information about record) & Ballotpedia (endorsements, associations and salaries). Incumbent Joseph Saladino has been in office for 9 years. Saladino ratings by Special Interst Groups: http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/44187/joseph-saladino. Saladino Financial Reports (who has made donations to their campaign) https://www.votesmart.org/candidate/campaign-finance/44187/joseph-saladino On Ballotpedia: http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Joseph_Saladino. Saladino does not have an campaign website or facebook page, nor has he sent out a list of his important issues. He has a LinkedIn account: http://www.linkedin.com/in/josephsaladinoassemblyman In 9 years in office Saladino has personally championed one piece of legislation, naming the Stripped Bass the NYS Fish. He has written many other peices of legislation, none of which have either had a companion bill put forward in the Senate or have made it to the floor for consideration.
Judy Pepenella September 13, 2012 at 05:00 AM
Part Two: Challenger Rich Young has never held office, yet has been a tax fighter as co-founder of TaxPAC in 1988. Young is a highly decorated NYC Police Officer. While with the NYPD he served in several key departments & positions, including tactical Patrol Force, the Street Crime Unit, investigator with the Organized Control Bureau Narcotics Division and Supervisor of Midtown South Precinct Anti-Crime unit. He has been awarded several Police commendations and is a member of the NYPD Honor Legion. Project Vote Smart provides the following: http://votesmart.org/candidate/biography/142539/richard-young Ballotpedia provides the following: http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Richard_W._Young Young has a website http://www.RichYoung2012.com and a facebook page http://www.facebook.com/RichYoung2012. Youngs Issues information is available at http://www.richyoung2012.com/issues You can vote today from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm. You have a chance to help fix the mess in Albany, so make sure you take full advantage of that opportunity.

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