A primary interview with congressional candidate Andrew Garbarino

Editor’s note: June 23 was primary day in New York. At press time on June 29, election results were not yet final because all mail-in ballots had not been counted. Hofstra’s WRHU Radio reporters conducted a series of interviews with Long Island candidates. Jason Siegel conducted this one with 2nd Congressional District candidate Andrew Garbarino, who ran as a Republican. Below is Siegel’s audio and script.

1.FOR THE PAST 28 YEARS… REPUBLICAN PETER KING HAS SERVED AS CONGRESSMAN FOR NEW YORK’S SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT… WHICH INCLUDES SOUTHEASTERN NASSAU AND SOUTHWESTERN SUFFOLK COUNTIES.

Jason Siegel

KING IS NOT RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION… AND TWO NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMBERS… ANDREW GARBARINO AND MIKE LIPETRI… ARE BOTH VYING TO REPLACE KING ON THE REPUBLICAN TICKET IN NOVEMBER. KING… ALONG WITH THE REST OF THE CURRENT CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICAN DELEGATION… HAS ENDORSED GARBARINO. … GARBARINO BELIEVES SUPPORT FROM KING AND OTHER REPRESENTATIVES WILL PAY DIVIDENDS FOR HIS CAMPAIGN.

Cut: Garbarino 1 — how King has supported Garbarino Incue: Congressman King Outcue: social media Time: 30

Cut: Garbarino 2 — King helps get Garbarino trust from voters Incue: These are Outcue: met me Time: 12

2. GARBARINO… WHO ALSO WORKS AS A LAWYER… SAYS HIS FAVORITE PART OF SERVING AS AN ASSEMBLYMAN HAS BEEN HELPING OTHERS… AND PLEDGES TO CONTINUE TO DO SO IF HE’S ELECTED AS A CONGRESSMAN.

Cut: Garbarino 3 — top priority is constituent service Incue: When I had Outcue: for them Time: :27

Cut: Garbarino 4 — able to help more people Incue: I can Outcue: more people Time: 11

3. GARBARINO ADDRESSED THE ONGOING CIVIL RIGHTS PROTESTS. HE SAYS HE DID NOT SUPPORT THE REPEAL OF 50-A IN NEW YORK… WHICH MEANS THE PUBLIC WILL HAVE ACCESS TO POLICE MISCONDUCT RECORDS… BECAUSE HE DOES NOT THINK GIVING THE PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE RECORDS WILL BE USEFUL.

Cut: Garbarino 5 — don’t know the benefit of repealing 50-A Incue: Somebody can Outcue: life

Time: 31

4. HE ALSO SAYS HE BELIEVES POLICE BRUTALITY IS NOT A WIDESPREAD ISSUE.

Cut; Garbarino 6 — police violence doesn’t always happen Incue: It doesn’t Outcue: the time Time: :18

5. IN REGARDS TO THE CORONAVIRUS… GARBARINO SAYS HE WILL FOCUS ON OBTAINING FEDERAL FUNDING FOR NEW YORK TO ADDRESS THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE PANDEMIC.

Cut: Garbarino 7 — states can’t go bankrupt Incue: I don’t Outcue: for anybody Time: :22

6. GARBARINO HAS ALSO WORKED IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS THE OPIOID CRISIS… AND SAYS MORE RESOURCES NEED TO BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR THOSE STRUGGLING WITH ADDICTION.

Cut: Garbarino 8 — opioids affect everyone, need federal funding Incue: This problem Outcue: work on Time: 26

7. ANOTHER ISSUE HE WANTS TO WORK ON IS PROTECTING THE GREAT SOUTH BAY. GARBARINO BELIEVES DOING SO WILL BENEFIT THE REGION’S ECONOMY… AND THINKS HE CAN HELP GARNER BI-PARTISAN SUPPORT IN CONGRESS TO WORK ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES.

Cut: Garbarino 9 — protecting Great South Bay good for industry Incue: You come Outcue: industry Time: 10

Cut: Garbarino 10 — representatives want to address local environmental issues Incue: Wanting to Outcue: they represent Time: 15

8. GARBARINO LIKES HIS CHANCES TO COME OUT ON TOP.

Cut: Garbarino 11 — look forward to following King Incue: I look Outcue: elected official Time: :07

9. REPORTING FOR WRHU… I’M JASON SIEGEL.

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