Five Towns, NY - March 11th, 2016 - Today, United States Senator Chuck Schumer endorsed Assemblyman and former federal prosecutor Todd Kaminsky in the race to replace Dean Skelos in the State Senate.
As the former lead prosecutor of the federal government’s local public corruption unit, Kaminsky won big cases against corrupt Democrats and Republicans before his election to the State Assembly. Since then, Kaminsky has delivered results for Long Island, winning tax relief for Sandy victims, significantly increasing education funding for the South Shore, and passing reforms to hold Albany lawmakers accountable.
At a Friday press conference in the Five Towns, Schumer said: “Todd Kaminsky is exactly who Long Islanders need to clean up Albany. As a federal corruption prosecutor, Todd took on the tough cases and made sure that if you broke the law, you were held accountable - regardless of whether you are a Democrat or Republican.
As an Assemblyman, Todd has proven that he will do whatever it takes to stand up for his community and fought to lower taxes for middle-class families. Now, in this critical election, we need a leader who will protect taxpayer dollars, take on corruption and fight for Superstorm Sandy victims. That candidate is Todd Kaminsky, and I enthusiastically endorse him for State Senate.”
In accepting the endorsement, Todd Kaminsky said: “It’s time to end the era of politics-as-usual that has overtaken Albany. I have spent my career working to root out corruption and I won’t stop until Long Island taxpayers get the state government they deserve. I am thrilled to have Senator Schumer’s endorsement in this effort because no one knows better than him how to honorably represent our community. Senator Schumer exemplifies what it means to be a public servant and I look forward to working with him to lower taxes and stand up for the State of Israel.”
The 9th Senate District seat became automatically vacant upon the conviction of Dean Skelos in December on charges of bribery, extortion and conspiracy. The Nassau County Democrats chose Kaminsky as their preference for the seat on January 5.
As a federal prosecutor, Kaminsky successfully prosecuted former Senator Pedro Espada and former Assemblymen William Boyland among others.
About Todd Kaminsky
Assemblyman Kaminsky has spent his career fighting for Long Island families and working to end government corruption. As a federal prosecutor representing Long Island, Brooklyn and Queens, and as acting deputy chief of the Public Integrity Section, Todd took down corrupt elected officials, drug kingpins and other major felons.
In 2014, Todd was elected to represent the South Shore in the New York State Assembly. During his first term, Todd fought for and won ethics reforms, tax breaks, aid for Sandy victims, and a new emergency center at South Nassau Communities Hospital. Todd authored the most laws by a first-year assemblymember in recent New York State history.