Yolinsky said he has seen first hand the rise in heroin and opiate abuse in the city, and that he is “committed to combating it.” He said he also wants to bring reform to the local Democratic Party and to help steer local government in a positive direction.
Yolinsky, 30, is in the Democratic primary. He is a Scarsdale firefighter and was a paramedic and firefighter with the Long Beach Fire Department from 2009 until February, when he was laid off in departmental cuts. A Long Beach native, he got his paramedic certification from the Fire Police Academy at Nassau University Medical Center in 2005. He has an associate degree from Nassau Community College. Yolinsky was a trustee, treasurer and vice president of the professional firefighters’ union in Long Beach.