Unhappy with the current political structure in Albany, Republican David Bressler is taking on incumbent Assemblymember Ed Braunstein in the 26th assembly district general election in part to combat the “radical left.”
The district includes Auburndale, Bay Terrace, Bayside, Bayside Hills, Broadway-Flushing, Douglaston, Floral Park, Glen Oaks, Little Neck, New Hyde Park, North Shore Towers, Oakland Gardens, Whitestone.
Bressler is a critic of most Democratic politicians who served many years in office, as he is under the impression that they are corrupted by lobbyists, contractors, and other influencers alike. However, if he were elected, he would rally for “commonsense” policies that would appeal to his fellow assembly members.
Among the issues, Bressler opposes include sanctuary cities and states, and tax-paid heroin injection facilities, which he cites as aggressive measures that fosters criminal activity. He said his goal is to work with centrists – Democratic and Republican alike.
“My election is about the radical left versus the moderate Democrats and Republicans,” Bressler said. “[Moderate] Democrats are going to side with me because they will believe in what I want to eradicate.”
Bressler also believes in term limits on the state level, in which assembly members can serve a maximum of eight years or two four-year terms.
“You get eight years to complete all your policies and initiatives for your community. If you can’t get it done in eight years, you really shouldn’t have been there in the first place,” Bressler said.
Bressler did note most Democratic lawmakers in Albany are preventing lower taxes, fines, fees, and water bills, as they enable unfair property tax assessments, while serving in office, often unopposed.
Bressler also touted his experience as a businessman and a board member of the Republican Bay Side Club where he managed budgets.
The general election is Nov. 6.