Suffolk County Republicans choses attorney Keith Brown Monday night as their candidate for the 12th Assembly District. A special election is scheduled for April 28 to fill the seat vacated by Andrew Raia, who now serves as Huntington town clerk.
He will run against Michael Marcantonio, who was chosen by Suffolk Democrats this weekend.
“My entire professional career has been dedicated to make Long Island a better place to live. That’s why the opportunity to continue to fight for the betterment of our community in the State Assembly was one I could not pass up,” Brown said.
Brown started his law Melville firm in 2008. He is a graduate of SUNY Albany where he interned his final semester for State Sen. Norman Levy, chairman of the Transportation Committee. He graduated from Touro Law School in 1990 where he remains active, having started the Touro Land Use Institute. Before starting his law firm, he practiced litigation and was appointed to the NYS Attorney General’s office where he served as an assistant attorney general.
Brown said that the special election will be a defining moment for the state.
“What we’ve seen in Albany over the last year has been one-party rule with dangerous consequences. Bail reform has to be rolled back. The state is billions in debt and they want to raise our taxes to fix it. They have gone too far. Too many in our community can’t afford to pursue their dreams.”
“I am most grateful for the full support of my family, my partners and the confidence and support of both the Republican and Conservative Parties.”
Brown lives in Northport with his wife Barbara of twenty-two years and their three children.
Raia endorsed Brown to succeed him. “I have worked with Keith for the last 20+ years and recognize when someone has a special ability to fight back against the outrageous and dangerous policies coming out of the New York State Assembly,” he said. “Keith can get us to our highest ideals as a community and together we can achieve great things for our District. The 12th Assembly District is a large district encompassing three different towns: Huntington, Babylon and Islip and the issues from town to town vary and It’s important that our next representative in the Assembly recognizes those differences and treats all of the residents fairly and equally. Keith Brown is the right person for the job.”