Don’t Miss This Chance
To Elect Missy

Dear Editor,

When I ran for the 20th Assembly District two years ago, I had a clear understanding of what our communities needed. I didn’t win, but I felt buoyed by the possibility that my opponent Todd Kaminsky would tackle some of the problems I identified during the campaign. I was disappointed when, despite being ever-present in photo lineups at community events, his brief Assembly career was surprisingly lean on substance. Especially with issues that directly affect the Five Towns.

He committed no more than lip service in support of the Education Income Tax Credit, which would have done so much to alleviate the crushing financial burden of parents paying yeshiva tuition. Even as soaring taxes were making our communities less and less affordable, he exacerbated the problem as a member of the State Assembly’s Democratic majority. He was late to the game denouncing BDS atrocities, jumping into the fray long after our town and county came out strongly in support of Israel.

This year, once again the 20th Assembly District seat is up for grabs. We have to get it right this time. After getting to know the Republican candidate for state assembly, Melissa “Missy” Miller, I have a feeling that this time, we just might.

For the past few months, I’ve had the good fortune of getting to know Melissa. She’s an extraordinary person with a story and experience that is equally heartwarming and inspiring. Missy’s primary credential to become our Assembly representative is the experience she gained and the success she achieved while advocating for her severely disabled son, Oliver.

Acting out of sheer necessity, Missy undertook years of driving back and forth to Albany, meeting with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, in both legislative chambers, where she negotiated, fought, gained respect, and won big. Her signature achievement was gathering bipartisan support to pass what had been an all-but-dead-on-arrival law that would allow New York State physicians to prescribe medical-grade marijuana. Administered in medication form (which is very different from illegal recreational use), this crucial medical therapy helps alleviate the hundreds of severe seizures her son Oliver used to suffer each day. Her success is still talked about in Albany as the supreme model of bipartisan, good-government advocacy. When you consider what she was able to do for her son, imagine what she can help us do for our own kids.

Missy lives in neighboring Atlantic Beach and has emerged as a tireless advocate for children with special health or educational needs. Unlike her opponent, Missy isn’t a politician. She’s a mother–a mother who happens to have an uncanny knack for effective legislative work, in-depth knowledge of our state government, and a proven reputation for being a fearless, formidable opponent to the status quo.

With Missy as our assemblywoman, we can expect to finally have a strong supporter of the education tax credit, which benefits students in private and public schools. As an Atlantic Beach resident living each day with the prospect of flooding, she is determined to secure sufficient funding from New York State to increase our storm drainage capacity, fix our roadways, and partner with local officials and state utilities to stamp out suburban blight. Plus, she’s tired of being shocked every year at the rise in taxes. No one else in the Assembly will fight as hard as Missy will to keep our taxes low.

I could go on, but Election Day–Tuesday, November 8–is almost here. It’s time to help ourselves by electing the best possible candidates. That includes all the Row B Republican candidates: David “Bull” Gurfein for Congress, Chris McGrath for State Senate, Anthony D’Esposito for Hempstead Town Councilman, and especially my good friend Melissa “Missy” Miller for New York State Assembly.

Avi Fertig

Woodmere

Avi Fertig is the executive leader of the Lawrence Republican Committee.

Democracy Demands School Choice

Dear Editor,

Party politics, the idolatry of our time, is a product of culture wars that have been ongoing for at least 3,800 years. This is when the first Jew, Avraham Avinu, refused to bow down before King Nimrod’s idol, for which he was thrown into a fiery furnace.

The king knew that an idol of gold and silver cannot cause the heavens to rain nor the fields to grow. Idol worship was his way of gaining power over the people. The idolatry of today has taken a different form–actually two forms–Democrat and Republican. Although both derive their titles from our system of government–a democratic republic–neither adhere to its fundamental principle, to “secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”

Every voter can easily verify this by calling their favorite Democrat or Republican in Congress, at 202-224-3121, and ask why they will not sign onto the Education Freedom Accounts Act (S.2455/H.R.4426)–a bill that will secure the blessings of liberty for the people of our nation’s capital and serve as a model and trailblazer for the 49 states that still deny parents their human and civil right to educate their children without undue government intrusion.

Israel Teitelbaum

Alliance for Free Choice in Education

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