Allen F. Foley
BACKGROUND: Foley, 29, of Hicksville, is running on the Democratic, Working Families and Women’s Equality party lines. Foley is a 2007 graduate of Longwood Senior High School in Middle Island. Foley attended Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, but he completed his associate degree in applied science-occupational development from Mountwest Community & Technical College in Huntington, West Virginia. He joined the New York Glaziers Local 1087 union in 2008, completed a four-year apprenticeship and worked as a glazier for nine years. For the last year and a half, he has worked as a union organizer with District Council 9, a group of 15 locals representing painters and allied trades. Foley has published articles in the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades journal. Foley is making his first run for public office.
ISSUES: Foley said that he is “a newcomer with no personal or family history in politics.” He said that if elected, he will bring “a fresh perspective to governing.” He added, “I know I have a lot to learn and that’s why I’m out there engaging with voters by knocking on doors and attending meet-the-candidate nights.” Foley said his main reason for running for public office is “the disappearance of the middle class.” He said, “Long Island is becoming less and less affordable for working class people, who are either living week-to-week or forced to move.” Foley said that as an Assembly member he would work to pass a public works bill, which he says would require the prevailing wage be paid on any publicly funded construction project. “The bill would alleviate workers being exploited or underpaid,” Foley said. Foley said that he would also push to have a searchable online database that would allow New Yorkers to see how their tax dollars are being spent by the government.