Haber said the Republican-dominated Senate has for years shortchanged Long Island, which sends more tax money to Albany than it receives in resources. “I’m Long Island first,” said Haber, who vowed to fight for Long Island interests in the Senate. He described himself as fiscally conservative and socially progressive. He wants the state’s property tax cap — which expires in 2020 — to be made permanent. Haber supports term limits for legislators, closing a loophole that allows companies to circumvent campaign contribution limits, lowering donation limits and making bids for state contracts more easily accessible to the public. Haber wants Common Core repealed and more local control for school districts. He said schools shouldn’t be punished when students opt out of taking standardized tests, and he said teacher evaluations should not depend on test scores. “Tying these test scores to teacher ratings is just going to force teachers to teach to the test and take up valuable resources and class time and it’s just not good,” Haber said. He believes the state must provide more beds and treatment for the mentally ill and people addicted to opioids.
Haber, 51, of East Hills, is running on the Democratic, Working Families and Women’s Equality lines. He is a Roslyn school board member and a former member of the Nassau Interim Finance Authority. He is also a principal in a commercial real estate firm. Haber is a former commodities pit trader and restaurant owner. He has a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s in political science from Long Island University Post. He is married with two children.