McGrath said it is crucial that Long Island’s nine senators remain a Republican bloc. “You will see less clout in Albany and the inability to keep our school taxes low,” McGrath said of a Democratic win in the district. McGrath said he would campaign against the implementation of the Common Core and teacher evaluations. He said that the state should offer a non-Regents diploma for special needs students, who could complete projects to qualify for the degree. McGrath said the state should allocate more funding for infrastructure projects, saying the investment would create more jobs. He criticized the state’s program, START-UP NY, as ineffective.
McGrath, 57, of Hewlett, is running on the Republican, Conservative, Independence, Tax Revolt and Reform party lines. He ran for the seat in a special election in April and lost to Todd Kaminsky. McGrath is a partner at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo P.C., a Garden City law firm. He is a former president of the Nassau County Bar Association and the Nassau County Bar Fund. He is an adjunct law professor at Hofstra University’s Maurice A. Deane School of Law. He is a member of the character and fitness committee of the Appellate Division Second Judicial Department. McGrath is married with three children.