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Nassau police unions endorsing five Republicans for state Senate

Progressive policies like bail reform, rising crime, and the defund the authorities movement have Nassau police unions backing Republicans in upcoming state Senate elections this November.

Police brass claim the soft-on-crime policies originates from the extreme left plus some unions on Long Island are determined to do this.

It originated from the far left of the Democratic Party, and for me, most of the Democrats didn’t endure them and prevent this rhetoric, Tommy Shevlin, president of the Nassau County Police Benevolent Association told The Post.

We need to go with who’s outspoken and who’s supporting the authorities officers, he added.

Endorsements from the Nassau PBA alongside backing from the county Superior Officers Associations and the Detectives Associations can be official at a Mineola event Tuesday.

An extra boost from police unions will help incumbent state Sen. Alexis Weik win reelection while keeping attorney Patricia Canzoneri-Fitzpatrick competitive in two races for newly-drawn seats across the South Shore.

Sen. Alexis Weik
Republican Sen. Alexis Weik was initially elected in November 2020.
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The 2020 presidential election results suggest retired NYPD officer James Coll would want an electoral miracle to oust Democratic state Sen. Kevin Thomas while former GOP state Sen. Jack Martin who had a controversial role along the way that resulted in the existing Senate lines faces a double-digit gap against fellow two-term incumbent state Sen. Anna Kaplan.

Help from police unions though could end up being especially significant in the race pitting County Legislator Steve Rhoads against longtime state Sen. John Brooks.

Showing Democratic Senator Anna Kaplan.
Democratic Sen. Anna Kaplan represents the 7th Senate District, which include the Northwest part of Nassau county.
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Former President Donald Trump won the district by a lot more than three points in 2020, in accordance with an analysis of the brand new state Senate map by CUNY Mapping Services.

But campaign finance records show that Rhoads has $58,193 readily available in comparison to $240,330 for Brooks by mid-July, underscoring the issue facing the Republican challenger.

These endorsements will surely be helpful in raising the profile of our races, reinforcing the message which were here fighting for residents, fighting because of their safety. And that may translate Im sure into into financial support along with political support, Rhoads told The Post Monday night.

Republicans are hoping that backlash to bail reform will cause them to victory on Long Island this November much like this past year when they scored upset victories in county races despite being outspent by the Democrats.

Thomas, Kaplan and Brooks who cannot be reached for comment by publication time late Monday night won reelection in 2020 despite fierce Republican attacks on Democrats public safety record despite their relatively moderate records on bail reform in comparison to lefty colleagues.

Kevin McCarthy Law enforcement round table.
House Minority Leader in the usa House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy led a police roundtable discussion earlier this month.
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The three incumbents Dems first won election in 2018 by flipping historically Republican seats within a broader Democratic sweep of the suburbs that gave them control of hawaii Senate and U.S. House majorities that’ll be on the ballot this November.

While Democrats have little change of losing control of hawaii Senate, the increased loss of several seats on Long Island could mean the finish of these supermajority in top of the chamber of hawaii Legislature.

Republicans say one issue most importantly others will undoubtedly be key with their electoral success in winning back state Senate seats lost to Democrats in recent cycles.

The primary issue is crime bail reform, Nassau County GOP Chair Joseph Cairo told The Post Monday night about controversial criminal justice reforms that helped Republicans accomplish several upset victories on Long Island last November.

Theres an over-all feeling on the market that folks want some go back to normalcy to law and order. I believe thats what our candidates represent, Cairo added.

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