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Weigh in on Carolyn McCarthy's Departure

he longtime House member has announced her retirement. How will it affect Long Island?

Carolyn McCarthy File Photo
Carolyn McCarthy File Photo
A noteworthy Congressional career ended Wednesday with Carolyn McCarthy's announcement that she will not run for re-election.

The 70-year-old Mineola Democrat, whose district includes parts of Wantagh, has been undergoing treatment for lung cancer.

She's often associated with causes relate to gun control and came to prominence when she began speaking out on the issue after her husband Dennis  was killed in the 1993 mass shooting at the Merrilon Avenue Long Island Rail Road Station.

Rep Peter King, R-Seaford, whose neighboring  district includes Massapequa,  praised her for standing up for Long Islanders.

We want to know what you think. How will you remember McCarthy. What is her legacy? Which of her positions did you agree with and which ones did you differ with? Will her departure strengthen or weaken Long Island's influence in Washington?

Let us know in the comment section below.
Lou Anzalone January 09, 2014 at 03:03 PM
Wish her well but glad to see her go...
Loyal Patriot January 09, 2014 at 04:40 PM
Good riddance! Gun Grabber from the get go. She defied the oath of office to protect the constitution.
Ed January 10, 2014 at 08:50 AM
Good riddance. She is a one trick pony, gun control. Other than that, she was a rubber stamp for all the the Democratic Party ideas. She never had a thought of her own.
Michelle Yelner January 10, 2014 at 05:24 PM
Actually Ed, that is not correct. She cared about a lot of other stuff besides gun control and it was good to finally have a "real person" in office with their own thoughts instead of the many career politicians we always seem to get who only care about catering to big business and all the money they get from lobbyists!
Ed January 11, 2014 at 09:07 PM
She may have seemed to care about other issues but she voted whichever way the party told her to vote. They could have had a robot taking her place. I was not in her district so I don't know how she handled her voters problems.

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