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Voters GuideNew York Congressional Primary

Jonathan S. Kaiman | New York Congressional Primary

Jonathan S. Kaiman is running for U.S. Congress - 3rd District (Democratic)

Jonathan S. Kaiman

Kaiman says climate change is one of the most important issues facing the nation, and he favors curtailing greenhouses gases and expanding renewable energy. He also supports protection of Social Security, and opposes its privatization. He wants to make his Project Independence into a national program. Kaiman “unequivocally” supports the “safety and security” of Israel and opposes the Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement. He also favors abortion rights and opposes any effort to cut funding for Planned Parenthood. He supports LGBTQ rights and the family and Medical Leave Act as well as changes to national storm relief legislation that would provide co-op apartments the same protection as homeowners in storm recovery.

Kaiman stepped down as chairman of the Nassau Interim Financial Authority and as Sandy storm relief adviser to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to run for Congress. Kaiman, 53, served for a decade as North Hempstead Town supervisor. Earlier, he served as a District Court judge and before that as North Hempstead’s public safety commissioner and an adviser to former town supervisor May Newburger. As supervisor, Kaiman created Project Independence, a program aimed at helping seniors stay in their homes by providing health and social services, along with taxi and repair help. Kaiman also initiated a recycling program at 50 schools in the town. Kaiman lives in Great Neck with his wife, Kim, and three children.