Curran’s campaign has primarily focused on eliminating corruption and patronage by updating the county’s ethics standards and reforming its contracting policies. She would enact term limits for county elected officials, reconstitute the county’s board of ethics, strengthen financial disclosure laws and bar all appointees from holding leadership positions in any political party or any local political club. “Hiring should be based on your ability to do the job, and not who you know,” she said. Curran contends the county has failed to manage its finances responsibly and balance its budget. She would re-evaluate every county program for effectiveness and hire more in-house attorneys to reduce the need for outside counsel. “And for the contracts that we do need, there must be more oversight,” she said.
Curran, 49, of Baldwin, is serving her second term in the Nassau County Legislature and is running for county executive on the Democratic, Working Families and Women’s Equality party lines. Curran was born in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, and moved to Baldwin in 1997. She received her bachelor’s degree in humanities from Sarah Lawrence College and did graduate work in American Studies at the CUNY Graduate School. She is a former reporter for the New York Daily News and New York Post. She later worked part time in the press office of former Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi, now a congressman. Curran was elected to the Baldwin school board in 2010 and served one term. Curran, who is vacating her legislative seat, is married, with three children.