New York Times editorial board endorses Gounardes over Golden
The New York Times editorial board endorsed Democratic challenger Andrew Gounardes in his race against Republican state Sen. Marty Golden to represent the 22nd state Senate District (Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst-Marine Park).
While the Times editorial board acknowledged Golden’s “affable” nature and his ‘good cheer,” it said voters should not let these qualities distract from several of Golden’s “questionable actions.”
In an op-ed in Friday’s edition of the Times, the editorial board pointed out that Golden, until recently, opposed efforts to increase the number of speed cameras near school boards.
Pointing to a possible connection, the op-ed said that Golden’s car has been ticketed 38 times in the past five years, including one occasion in 2015 when it was cited for speeding in a school zone three times. It also said that Golden spent almost $80,000 in campaign money on his brother’s catering business.
In contrast, the editorial board praised Gounardes, whom it termed “an Eagle Scout and community activist.” It voiced support for some measures that Gounardes advocates for, such as public financing of campaigns, early voting to increase turnout, stronger rent regulations and including commuter representatives on the MTA board.
Gounardes “would help end the obstruction to reform in Albany and would provide fresh energy in a stultified Senate,” the Times editorial board said.
In the same op-ed, the editorial board endorsed two other Democratic state legislative candidates: James Gaughran, who is running against GOP state Sen. Carl Marcellino on the north shore near the border of Nassau and Suffolk counties; and incumbent state Sen. John Brooks, who is running against Republican Massapequa Park Mayor Jeff Pravato on the South Shore of Nassau County.