Ra said that the Assembly “took a step in the right direction” by passing a pension forfeiture constitutional amendment. Ra said that he also supports terms limits for legislative leaders and committee chairs and is open to term limits in general for Assembly members. Ra said that he doesn’t think that the revival of the Long Island Rail Road third-track project has “been justified … in terms of spending the billions of dollars it will cost.” Ra said that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s “office has to do a better job of providing a level of detail needed by the community to see the full project.” On Common Core, Ra said, “We need to basically have fair teacher evaluations, appropriate testing and perhaps try some alternative assessments.”
Ra, 35, turns 35 on Nov. 4, lives in Garden City South and is on the Republican, Conservative, Independence, Tax Revolt and Reform party lines. Ra was elected in 2010 to represent the 21st District and re-elected in 2012 to represent the newly created 19th District. Ra serves as the ranking minority member of the Assembly education committee and is also a member of the health, transportation and other committees. He is a vice chairman of the minority task force on school safety. Ra earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Loyola University, a law degree from St. John’s University School of Law, and a master’s degree in intellectual property law from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Ra served as a Town of Hempstead deputy town attorney from 2008 to 2010 and as a legal aide in the office of the New York State attorney general. Ra is a member of the Franklin Square Kiwanis and the Knights of Columbus at St. Catherine of Siena R.C. Church in Franklin Square. He is married.