Golden, Gounardes Head For Homestretch In Senate Race

Gounardes opens up Golden’s Lockedbox (3)

For incumbent State Sen. Marty Golden (R) campaigning is doing what he’s always done – getting out among constituents. For his Democratic challenger Andrew Gounardes it’s racking up Democratic endorsements, banging away at Golden and riding the Blue Wave like a surfer in Hawaii.

And in less than a week it will be voters that decide who will represent them in State Senate District 22 covering the neighborhoods of Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach, Gravesend and parts of Sheepshead Bay, Borough Park and Midwood.

Gounardes spent the day with a press conference highlighting his plans to restoring funding to public schools, putting speed cameras in all school zones, taking action against bullying, and passing the Child Victims Act.

Democratic State Senate candidates Jessica Ramos (Queens) and Robert Jackson (Manhattan) along with the Alliance for Quality Education (AQENY), the generally pro-teachers union, anti-charter schools education advocacy organization.

“Every New York child deserves the best possible start in life, so we need to restore funding to our overcrowded and under-resourced schools, install speed cameras around schools to make sure our streets are safe, and pass the Child Victims Act so survivors of sexual abuse get justice,” said Gounardes.

“Marty Golden has chosen to put tax breaks for luxury property developers ahead of investing in our children’s future. His appalling record of speeding through schools zones, denying schools funding, and blocking the Child Victims Act every year for the past 11 years speaks for itself. It’s time for Albany to shift its priorities and put children first,” he added.

Golden, according to his campaign spokesperson, MIchael Tobman, is doing what he is always doing, election or not.

 “In every neighborhood of the 22nd – in every community, block by block – Senator Golden and his team have been speaking with the families, grandparents, activists, faith leaders, businesses, commuters, school leaders, and civic associations that make Southern Brooklyn such a special place,” said Tobman.

“But none of that is because of the upcoming election. A Marty Golden campaign can fairly be said to be more of what he regularly does, which is always being present and always listening. In the coming days there will be more of this – with Senator Golden himself, his campaign, and his many supporters throughout the district,” he added.

The election is Nov. 6.