Abrahams is satisfied with the development at the Nassau Hub in Uniondale, where the Nassau Coliseum has been renovated and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is building a $140 million outpatient treatment and research facility. But he wants to see money invested south of Hempstead Turnpike to redevelop Uniondale Avenue, Front Street and Jerusalem Avenue. Streetscaping funding for downtown Uniondale has been held up in a borrowing dispute with majority Republicans. “The community has been waiting for years for this beautification project,” Abrahams said. The Democrat also wants reforms to the county’s ethics policies in the wake of the indictments of several elected officials. Abrahams wants an independent inspector general to oversee county contracts and strengthened financial disclosure, but he does not support term limits for lawmakers.
Abrahams, 43, of Freeport, is running on the Democratic, Working Families, Reform and Women’s Equality lines. He has been the minority leader of the Nassau County Legislature since 2011 and has served as a county legislator since 2003. Abrahams has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Queens College. He is a strategic planning project manager for North Shore-LIJ Health System in Great Neck and previously served as a legislative assistant and deputy district director for former Rep. Floyd H. Flake (D-Queens), and as a community liaison for former Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola). In 2014, he ran for Congress in the Fourth District, but lost a Democratic primary against then-Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice, who went on to win the seat. Abrahams is a ranking member of the Rules and Budget Review committees. He is married, with two children.