Calling it one the most closely watched state senate races in New York, East Hills resident Adam Haber officially announced his candidacy for the Seventh District, which includes Floral Park, last Thursday at an enthusiastic gathering at the VFW Hall in Albertson.
Before outlining his agenda, Haber briefly thanked his father, a former candidate for a school board seat as “[laying] the groundwork” for his desire to enter politics. Haber then listed four main planks to his candidacy.
The first was taxes as he noted that Nassau County remains one of the highest taxed counties in New York, “if not the country.”
Haber, who has served for several years on the Roslyn School Board said that his time on that body makes him well-prepared to confront any financial problems the state budget may have.
“The Roslyn School District was failing,” he said. “They were having budget increases while pails were in the hallways catching rainwater from the roofs.”
The district, he added, soon went from “worst to first.” After Haber and his colleagues spent a large amount of time studying the budget and its spending patterns, the school district, he said, was able to contain spending, and initiate new programs, while keeping the tax rate as one of the lowest in Nassau County.
Haber declared education to be another key plank to his platform. Although public schools on the North Shore are generally high performing, Haber said that there were schools in the Seventh District that need help. Later, on the topic of the moment, the Common Core curriculum, Haber said he could not support it “as it stands now.” Still, he believes such standards can be a positive good.
Jobs and the economy, Haber continued, was the third plank of his platform.
He painted a dire comparison between Nassau County and a place “eight miles up the road,” in this case, New York City. Haber said that the city was in a boom period, while Nassau County continues to lose young people.
“Young people must move back [to Long Island] or we’re dying on the vine,” he said.
Haber noted his own business experiences, namely creating up to 100 jobs through his two restaurants.
Finally, Haber said he would fight in Albany for passage of the Women’s Equality Act, an issue that he said he “[cares] passionately about.”
Calling the battle for the Seventh District a “winnable race,” Haber ended his talk by calling on volunteers to help out his candidacy, joking that he was capable of writing “amazing” letters of recommendation for any interns who might work on his campaign.
“I don’t need this job. I want this job,” he said in his closing remarks. “When I come home at the end of the day, I want my children to ask, ‘What did you do today?’ ‘Did you help the community?’ Let’s go get ‘em.”
Haber acknowledged that he could be “putting up a few bucks” of his own money into the race. He said that he would spend the equivalent of a state senate salary of his own funds, while noting that the campaign has fundraisers lined up in the immediate future.