Benjamin said she would be an independent voice on the legislature that would support new public-private partnerships as a way to raise revenue, as opposed to tax increases. She said money could also be saved by increasing scrutiny on contracts below $25,000 that are now awarded without legislative oversight. "We need to take a closer look at those contracts we're handing out, and make sure they're not for patronage reasons." Benjamin said community safety measures would also be a priority; she supports more public security cameras at major intersections and the return of speed cameras in school zones. "I do believe they were for the good -- but only if they're used in the correct way," Benjamin said of the cameras, which were rescinded last year after a public outcry, though supporters note that they were causing drivers to slow down greatly.
Benjamin, 44, of Great Neck, is running on the Republican and Conservative lines. This is her first run for elected office. She is a managing agent at her family's Queens-based real estate management company, having previously worked as technology director at North Shore Hebrew Academy. Benjamin has a master's degree in education from Hunter College and a bachelor's degree in political science from New York University. She has been a volunteer with Great Neck Public Schools' PTA. Benjamin is married with three children.