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Voters GuideGeneral Election, November 6, 2018

Kathleen B. Cleary | General Election, November 6, 2018

Kathleen B. Cleary is running for New York State Senator - 2nd District

Kathleen B. Cleary

Kathleen Bradbury Cleary


BACKGROUND: Cleary, 51, grew up in Massapequa and has lived in East Northport for the past two decades. Cleary is also running on the Women's Equality Party line. She is a horticulturist working for the state Parks Department on a seasonal basis at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in East Islip. She also spent 25 years working as a contract manager at Fortune 100 companies. She received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Adelphi University in 1989, and her associate degree in horticulture from Farmingdale State College in 2016. She was designated a master gardener with the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County and runs a volunteer greenhouse at Brookwood Hall in East Islip. She is part of the Huntington Town Democratic Committee.

ISSUES: Cleary said she was running for office for the first time against state Sen. John Flanagan for specific policy reasons: “Because of Sen. Flanagan’s holding up of the Reproductive Health Act.” Flanagan did not allow the act to come to a vote last year. The act calls for removing abortion from the state penal code as a matter of public health, and also ends criminalization of abortion after 25 weeks of pregnancy if the fetus is not viable or the woman’s health is at risk. Cleary has personal experience with what she called the necessity for the act, citing her two ectopic pregnancies that were not viable. “There are instances where women who have nonviable pregnancies past 24 weeks have to leave the state to take care of it,” she said, which can be an expensive and grueling option for women who don't have the funds to travel. Cleary also said the Child Victims Act proposal, which would give victims more time to bring cases against their abusers, is languishing in state senate. “As senate majority leader Flanagan has the power to bring these laws to the senate,” she said. “These have never been voted on in the senate and he refuses to let them go for a vote.” Cleary said she supports ethics and campaign finance reform, including “banning pay to play contracts." “Constituents should understand why and where the money is going,” she said.