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Daily News endorses Gounardes over Golden in State Senate race

October 25, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Andrew Gounardes. Photo courtesy of the Gounardes campaign

The New York Daily News on Wednesday endorsed Democratic challenger Andrew Gounardes in his campaign to unseat Republican state Sen. Marty Golden (R-Southern Brooklyn), who has held his seat since 2002.

The News explained that “under Republican control, the state Senate consistently delivers shabby treatment to New York City” and called Golden “part of the GOP gang controlling the Senate by just one vote.”

One specific issue the News raised was Golden’s switching sides on the issue of speed cameras within school zones, which the paper cited as an example of opportunism. For many years, Golden was on record opposing traffic enforcement cameras.

But in July 2018, after many neighborhood residents and families of traffic victims criticized him on the issue, Golden called on the state Senate to return to Albany to pass legislation that would keep the cameras operating near New York City schools.

The News also criticized Golden, a former police officer, for defending a state law that bars the public from seeing police disciplinary records. It also said he “failed to fight for” the Child Victims Act, which would lengthen statutes of limitation to give thousands of people who were abused as children the opportunity to seek justice.

By contrast, the News said Gounardes’ interviews with reporters and editors “demonstrated impressive command of policy.”

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