8/22/08

Phil Ramos: Suffolk County's 1st Latino State Rep Fights for Re-election

Philip Ramos (D, WFP, I -Central Islip), Suffolk County's only Latino state representative, has been endorsed for re-election to the State Assembly by Islip Town Councilman Gene Parrington (D-Oakdale).

“I’m endorsing Phil wholeheartedly because I know how hard he works on behalf of Islip,” said Parrington.

The endorsement is important because Phil is being challenged in September 9th's Democratic Party primary by Waldo Cabrera--a video entrepreneur and a 2004 contestant in the 6th Assembly District. Cabrera's challenge is viewed by political observers as spurred by conservatives unhappy with Phil's leadership in fighting bigotry on Long Island.

While Cabrera is expected to lose the Democratic primary, he'll continue his run in the fall general election as a candidate on the Conservative Party line.

A former Detective with the Suffolk Police Department, Phil receives strong support from local Democratic party and it’s leaders, including endorsements from Islip Town Supervisor Phil Nolan, Suffolk Democratic Chairman Rich Schaffer and Suffolk County Legislators Ricardo Montano and Jon Cooper.

His legislative agenda includes property tax relief, enhanced public safety and affordable health care. The 6th Assembly District includes Brentwood, Baywood, Central Islip, Bay Shore, North Bay Shore, Islip and Islandia.

Photo: Ricardo Montano, Phil Ramos and Jon Cooper

Related: Phil Ramos: Fighting the Good Fight on L.I.
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