Kaminsky Elected to Replace Skelos in Special Election


New York – Today, Assemblyman and former federal corruption prosecutor Todd Kaminsky was elected to the State Senate to replace Dean Skelos. He defeated his opponent, Chris McGrath. The 9th State Senate District seat had become automatically vacant upon the conviction of Skelos in December on charges of bribery, extortion and conspiracy.

Kaminsky declared victory, saying, “Thank you to my wife Ellen, my parents, family and friends for their unyielding support during this campaign. To the voters of the South Shore — thank you for putting your faith in me and for the opportunity to represent you in the State Senate. I also want to commend Chris Mcgrath for a hard-fought race. This election was about bringing new leadership to Albany. We must change a culture that has allowed corruption to run rapid and has failed to protect our hard working taxpayers. I promise to work nonstop to reform Albany and finally end the corrupt status quo.”

“When I launched this campaign months ago, I pledged to fight everyday to ban outside income, reform our campaign finance system, and empower local DAs because we need to do everything in our power to stop corruption,” Kaminsky continued. “But I also promised to always put the South Shore first – and that’s what I’ve done my whole career. We need to hold the line on property taxes, continue helping Superstorm Sandy victims get back in their homes, work to increase aid to our local public schools, and fight the scourge of opioid abuse that has plagued Long Island. I am Long Island through and through and in the State Senate, I will work day and night to make sure Long Island taxpayers get their fair share.”

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 an $18million increase in local school funding, 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.

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