Gonsalves said, "If re-elected I will build upon the successes of the last five years despite the challenging economic environment." Gonsalves said those successes include a 25 percent reduction in crime, cutting county spending by 30 percent and the creation of more than 25,000 jobs. Gonsalves said thousands of construction and permanent jobs will be created by the "100 percent privately financed redevelopment of the Nassau Veterans Coliseum, the Hub and the building of the Memorial Sloan Kettering state-of-the-art cancer center." Gonsalves said development will also bring $10 billion in economic benefits to Nassau County. "These initiatives will make it possible to hold the line on property taxes and maintain our focus on attracting new industries, investments and high-paying jobs," she said.
Gonsalves, 81, is running on the Republican, Conservative, Independence, Reform and Tax Revolt parties. She is also backed by the Tax Revolt party. The East Meadow resident has been the legislature's presiding officer since 2012, and was first elected to that body in 1997. Gonsalves was an educator in the New York City school system for 25 years. She earned a master's of arts degree from Hunter College and Brooklyn College and a bachelor's in history from St. Joseph's College for Women. She is married, with three children and four grandchildren.