John K. Mikulin
BACKGROUND: Mikulin, 30, of Bethpage, an attorney, is a registered Republican running for a full two-year term after winning an April special election to replace Republican Assemb. Thomas McKevitt of East Meadow, who became a Nassau County legislator. Mikulin worked in Hempstead Town government for a decade, serving as a legal assistant in the town attorney’s office, an assistant to the town board, and most recently as a deputy town attorney. Mikulin is a 2006 graduate of Holy Trinity Diocesan High School in Hicksville. He graduated from St. John’s University in Jamaica, Queens, with a bachelor of arts degree in government and a master’s degree in government with a public administration concentration. He has a juris doctor's degree from Touro Law School in Central Islip. Mikulin served on the Island Trees Library Board from 2010 to 2018, and was its president from 2012 to 2018. He is married.
ISSUES: Mikulin said that, if re-elected, passing legislation to combat the opioid crisis will be among his priorities. He said that to combat opioid abuse he has co-sponsored a bill proposed by Assemb. Andrew P. Raia (R-East Northport). Mikulin said the bill would set long jail sentences for “criminals who are pushing killer fentanyl.” He said the Narcan opioid antidote “doesn’t even work on fentanyl,” a drug he said “is 10 times more deadly than heroin.” Mikulin said he also supports proposed legislation that “would make insurance companies provide the proper care for those who are addicted” to opioids. He said he supports ethics reform measures, such as term limits for state legislators.