Murray said his No. 1 issue is returning to local governments the ability to set sex offender residency limits. In 2015, a state Court of Appeals ruling prevented local laws and restrictions regarding where convicted sex offenders can live, leaving in place a statewide restriction that prohibits a level 2 or 3 sex offender who is on probation from residing within 1,000 feet of a school. Murray’s proposal, which would allow local governments to add additional “reasonable” restrictions, did not get out of committee. “We need to pass state legislation that will allow the local lawmakers to once again put in place reasonable restrictions, to return the power to each county,” he said. “Reasonable” would include not allowing registered offenders to live by a bus stop, library, playground or day care center, he said. “I’ll continue to fight for our fair share of funding, especially for education,” he said, “and continue to fight against unfunded and underfunded mandates.” He’s proposing a three-year moratorium on unfunded mandates, and the formation of regional “mandate-relief” councils like the state’s 10 regional economic development councils. “We can lower the tax burden by cutting unfunded mandates,” he said.
Murray, 52, of East Patchogue, is the incumbent and is running on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform party lines. He is a graduate of the Broadcast Institute of Maryland and worked in radio and television in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York. For 19 years, he has operated Long Island-based advertising agency D & S Advertising. He first won the seat in a 2010 special election and served a full term after winning the general election later that year. He lost a 2012 re-election bid but won the seat again in 2014. He is married and has one son.