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State Assemblyman Steven C. Englebright

A look at local state lawmaker running for an 11th term in the state Assembly.

Name: Steven C. Englebright

Hometown: Setauket

Party: Democrat

Bio: Assemb. Englebright is a geologist by training; as the only elected scientist in the New York State Assembly, he has said he was drawn to public office by the desire to connect science and society through measures that support and enhance public health and quality of life. He has never had an unsucessful bid for elective office. Prior to his election to the Assembly in 1992, he served as a Suffolk County legislator for nine years. During Englebright's 20 years in the Assembly, he has served as a past chair of the Assembly Committee on the Aging and past chair of the Assembly Committee on Tourism, Arts, Parks and Sports Development; he currently serves as chair of the Assembly Committee on Governmental Operations, and sits on committees on education, energy, higher education, and rules. Among the legislation he has passed and/or supported is a state ban on the sale of baby bottles and other childcare products containing the chemical bisphenol-A; a measure requiring all hospitals to offer pertussis vaccines to caretakers of newborns; a measure facilitating solar commercial sales tax exemption; and tax credits for major historic building preservation projects.

Education: Englebright completed a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Tennessee and later earned a Master of Science in geology at Stony Brook University.

Opponent: Deborah McKee of Mt. Sinai

District: The 4th Assembly District includes Port Jefferson, Port Jefferson Station, Setauket, East Setauket, Stony Brook, and portions of Mt. Sinai, Coram, Selden and Centereach.

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