JEFFREY P. PRAVATO
BACKGROUND: Pravato, 50, of Massapequa Park, is running on the Republican, Conservative, Reform and Independence lines. He has been mayor of Massapequa Park since 2013 and served as a village trustee from 2002 to 2013. Pravato worked in finance on Wall Street for more than 20 years and currently is deputy public works commissioner for Oyster Bay. He received a bachelor's degree from C.W. Post College (now LIU-Post). Pravato is married with four children.
ISSUES: The race is viewed as crucial in determining which party controls the Senate, and Pravato said a key reason voters should choose him is that “it’s critical the Senate remain Republican. We serve as a check for Governor Cuomo and a city-dominated Assembly.” Pravato said he would seek to join a Senate oversight board over the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, to push for better Long Island Rail Road service. He wants to make the state property-tax cap permanent, and he called state Sen. John Brooks’ proposal to limit how much school budgets should be funded by local property taxes a “phony pledge.” Pravato supports eliminating more than $400 million in tax credits for film production in the state and using the money for tax relief. He said fighting corruption and “pay to play” would be a priority, and he backed banning state contractors from donating to political campaigns. He opposes a single-payer health care system, saying it would quadruple the state budget and reduce quality of care. He supports a two-term limit for the governor and four-term limit for Senate and Assembly members. Pravato said his finance background and tenure as mayor means he can adeptly analyze state budgets. “I dig into budgets to make sure there’s no wasteful spending,” he said.