Port said that, if elected, he would promote creation of a “unified” economic plan that “would encourage the type of investment, jobs and industries that would bring Nassau County into the 21st century.” Port said that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s tax breaks for businesses over a 10-year period aren’t enough to spur continued economic growth. “We need to make a permanent structural change that will encourage the types of business that we want to come into the county,” he said. Port criticized the renovated Nassau Coliseum, saying: “Charles Wang promised us a Taj Mahal and Ed Mangano delivered a Motel 6.”
Port, 54, of West Hempstead, is running on the Democratic, Working Families and Women’s Equality party lines. He is an attorney specializing in divorce law, and a partner in Port and Sava in Lynbrook. He served for 28 years in the U.S. Army and retired in 2015 with the rank of lieutenant colonel. Port was awarded two meritorious service medals, three Army commendation medals, and one army service ribbon. He grew up in Brooklyn and graduated from Lafayette High School. Port earned a bachelor’s degree from New York University, and a law degree from Brooklyn Law School. He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Port is assistant Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 240 in West Hempstead, and serves on the district committee of the Iroquois District of Theodore Roosevelt Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He is the commander of the Inwood J. Franklin Bell Post 81 American Legion. He ran unsuccessfully for Town of Hempstead supervisor in 2011.