Candidates for Nassau exec spar — gently — over transportation – New York News

Laura Curran and Jack Martins played nice, mostly, on Friday morning during their first public showdown since winning their parties’ nominations for Nassau County executive — an event where the main topic was transportation infrastructure.


Curran, a Democratic county legislator, and Republic standard-bearer Martins, a former state senator and Mineola mayor, both discussed their records on the subject and plans on infrastructure development during a Woodbury breakfast event hosted by the Long Island Contractors Association.

The two nominees briefly embraced before the event. And during his remarks, Martins, standing in front of a seated Curran, thanked his opponent for “sharing the stage and sharing our vision of what’s important” for the county.

“We have the opportunity to have one side win and the other side not lose,” Martins said.

Martins did take a subtle jab at Curran, noting that she’s been part of a Democratic minority in Nassau that has refused to support bonding for critical infrastructure improvements in the county.

“For every dollar that wasn’t voted on, that was a road that didn’t get repaired,” Martins said.

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