Eramo would advocate for more state resources to protect the bay and the district’s stormwater systems. He would also sponsor legislation in the Assembly that would forgive taxes paid by homeowners who drained their 401K accounts to pay for superstorm Sandy-related repairs. A similar bill passed the Assembly last year, but died in the GOP-controlled Senate. “People had no intention to take their money out but needed to make repairs,” said Eramo, who emptied his retirement account to rebuild his home, which was destroyed in the 2012 storm. “But this bill would affect a lot of people.” Eramo is also concerned that the district sends more money to Albany than it receives in state-funded services. He would advocate for increased funding for district public schools, drug intervention programs and vocational training to spur local employment. “We need to make sure everyone has a clear path to success,” Eramo said.
Eramo, 42, is running on the Democratic, Working Families, Women’s Equality and Independence party lines seeking the Assembly seat vacated after Todd Kaminsky was elected to the State Senate in April. He defeated Long Beach Democrat Jeff Toback during the September Democratic primary by a nearly 2-1 margin. He was born and raised in Mineola and moved to Long Beach in 2004. Eramo received an associate degree from Nassau Community College in 1999, a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Old Westbury in 2002, an associate degree from Queensborough Community College in 2011, and is completing his master’s degree in labor studies at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Eramo was elected to the Long Beach City Council in 2013 and re-elected in 2015. He mulled a run for the 20th Assembly seat in 2014, but dropped out of the race after the Nassau Democratic Party endorsed Kaminsky. Eramo is a Verizon field technician and the chief steward of CWA Local 1106. He is married with two children.