Toback said Albany’s ethics laws must be reformed after the arrest and convictions of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and ex-Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos last year on federal corruption charges. In a break from his Democratic colleagues, Toback supports term limits for state lawmakers and opposes bills to prohibit officials from earning most forms of outside income, arguing that such a move would limit the pool of available candidates. “We need to create a system where people can trust their government again,” Toback said. “Right now, that trust is gone — and rightfully so.” Toback also supports legislation, backed by Senate Republicans, that would allow prosecutors to charge drug dealers with a homicide if the buyer of their narcotic overdoses and dies. He said Assembly Democrats from New York City, who oppose the measure, have moved “too far to the left.”
Toback, 56, of Long Beach, a former Nassau County legislator, is running in a Democratic primary for the 20th Assembly District seat vacated in April after Todd Kaminsky won a State Senate seat. Toback earned a bachelor’s degree in European history in 1981 from SUNY Oneonta and a law degree from New York Law School in Manhattan in 1985. He served five, two-year terms in the county legislature, representing Nassau’s 7th District from 2000 through 2009, and chairing the Health, Social Services and Judiciary committees. He lost the seat in 2009. The following year, Toback waged an unsuccessful primary for the 20th Assembly District seat against Democratic incumbent Harvey Weisenberg. Toback is an attorney with an office in Long Beach. He is married with three children.