Republican, Conservative, Sayville resident, lawyer and assemblyman Andrew Garbarino was the winner in the Republican primary congressional candidate for NY-2 with close to 67 percent of …
Republican, Conservative, Sayville resident, lawyer and assemblyman Andrew Garbarino was the winner in the Republican primary congressional candidate for NY-2 with close to 67 percent of Republican votes.
Garbarino was elected to serve the 7th Assembly District in 2012 and was subsequently re-elected to his fourth term, and will finish it out. Congressman Peter King announced his retirement after serving 14 terms last November. King’s seat spans Suffolk and Nassau County.
Garbarino is currently the ranking minority member of the Committee on Insurance and sits on Codes, Health, Higher Education and Racing and Wagering committees, among others. A Sayville High School graduate, he is an attorney at Garbarino Law Office in Sayville.
Garbarino also voiced that the hardest aspect about the primary campaign was not being able to do the one-on-one contact, not being able to knock on doors. “I had to campaign digitally, by mail and TV,” he said. “Having Peter King’s support was key, and also every elected official, whether it was King, Zeldin, town supervisors [Joseph] Saladino and [Angie] Carpenter. They have been working in the district for a long time, so having these people endorse me and say, ‘You know us and we think this guy is the right guy,’ that helped me during the COVID.”
It wasn’t just one issue people were concerned with, he said. “With young people, it’s about finding jobs in the COVID environment so they can stay on Long Island,” he said.
“From middle-class homeowners, they talk about both parents working and restoring the SALT tax reduction; they pay high property taxes, that’s something homeowners worry about.
Senior citizens worry about health care and staying on Long Island and COVID, being out in person. It really did change per age group and where you were.”
Garbarino noted he won Islip Town with 72 percent of the votes; Sayville 4,000 out of 5,500, and in Bayport, by 98 percent of Republicans who voted. “When you look at the electoral districts where people knew me, I did extremely well.”
His downtime includes long walks to the water in the morning and at night, although while on the phone. “I’m on the calls,” he said.
Suffolk County Republican chairman Jesse Garcia said Garbarino proved to be successful after the Republican party’s screening process. “He had a wide spread of support that showed his appeal,” Garcia said. “It also demonstrated the political strength of Nassau and Suffolk Republican parties; we were able to identify voters and marshal resources by phone, mail and door-to-door dropping off literature, and we had the proper messaging. Most times I dislike primaries; they drain resources, but in this case it helped. It introduced Andrew to voters he didn’t represent in Babylon and Nassau, so we were able to demonstrate a representative who would succeed and fight just like Peter King. King is a national icon and we were able to introduce Andrew as a public servant with a small business background with Long Island values, who projected he’ll fight to make sure the district receives its fair share from Washington.”