Paymar said he has seen a slow decline in Nassau's financial well-being over the past 34 years with the loss of well-paying jobs in a region that has some of the highest taxes, insurance rates and energy costs. He said Nassau County government is burdened with corruption and cronyism, high debt and budget deficits while "under the thumb" of a financial control board. He said he wants to have government, academia and business work together to find ways to make Nassau competitive with the rest of the country by building a new entrepreneurial-based economy.
Paymar, 64, of Rockville Centre, is also running on the Women's Equality and Working Families lines. Paymar, a media consultant and former news anchorman, was born in Duluth, Minnesota, received a bachelor's degree in history and education from the University of Minnesota and a master's degree in business administration from Molloy College. He first came to Long Island in the early 1980s when he landed a job as an anchor and reporter for Channel 7 Eyewitness News. After moving away, he returned 22 years ago for a job as NBC News 4 reporter and anchor and settled in Rockville Centre. He said he has also worked for CNBC and news magazines including Business Week. Currently a professor of business relationship management at Molloy, he runs the Paymar Communications Group, which trains corporate executives on how to handle media presentations. He is married and has five children.