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Gregory John Fischer | General Election Voters Guide

Gregory John Fischer is running for New York State Senator - 1st District

Gregory John Fischer

Fischer, who said he has performed his own audits of local school districts, said he believes illegal contracts result in “huge overcharges to taxpayers.” “We’re not enforcing the law in contracting in the state of New York,” he said. “We’re paying a lot of taxes and they’re going out of state.” He opposes Common Core and believes cameras should be allowed in New York State courtrooms; currently, cameras are allowed only when all parties agree. Fischer supports term limits, saying incumbent Kenneth LaValle’s 40 years in office is “too long. There’s no reason we should have people in office for more than 20 years.” He favors a cross-Sound tunnel and double-decking the Long Island Expressway to alleviate traffic congestion. He said as senator he would listen to constituents. “Bring me your problems,” Fischer said. “I’m not going to be the person who wants people to resign or be in despair.” In a state Supreme Court notice of claim, Fischer charged that a Stony Brook University stadium named for LaValle gives the incumbent an unfair election advantage. LaValle denied that.

Fischer, 59, of Calverton, is a consultant to businesses, nonprofits and governments. He is running on the Democratic Party line. He received an associate degree in general management from City University of New York in 1977, a bachelor’s degree from SUNY New Paltz in 1980 and an MBA in operations management from the University at Albany in 1982. He previously ran unsuccessful campaigns for Riverhead Town supervisor, councilman and assessor, as well as the Riverhead school board. Fischer has four children.