BACKGROUND: Rosen, 64, of Centerport, is running on the Democrat line. Rosen previously ran for office in the 10th Assembly District in 1996 against the late Jim Conte. He is a bankruptcy lawyer. He previously was an outreach drug counselor. Rosen earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary social science at SUNY Old Westbury, and his law degree at Hofstra Law. He served for nine years on the Huntington Planning Board and serves on the Huntington Youth Bureau’s Sanctuary Advisory Board, which assists youth between the ages of 12 and 21 who run away or are at risk of running away from home. He also helped form LI Dog, an organization that advocates for dog parks on Long Island. Rosen is married and has two adult children.
ISSUES: Rosen said he would like to address state gun laws after school shootings such as the one at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., a shooting earlier this year that claimed 17 lives. He noted he also supports the Red Flag Gun Protection Bill, which would prevent people who are determined by a court to have the potential to cause harm to themselves or others from buying or possessing any kind of firearm. The bill passed in the Assembly, but did not make it to the floor in the Senate in June. “This is a good time for me to run,” Rosen said. “I can devote the time to it.” He also said he wants to get involved in the LIPA tax certiorari case where the company seeks to have the Northport Power Station reassessed. If LIPA and National Grid are successful, the assessment on the power plant will be lowered, resulting in a higher tax rate.