Ramos said since being elected his “main mission was to bring representation to a community that has been ignored for a long time.” He said he has been successful in bringing “proper funding” to schools and parks and working with police to reduce crime. Among other accomplishments, he cites the creation of the Suffolk County Gang Court, which can help divert gang members, and funding a graffiti cleanup contract. He has criticized nepotism and corruption in Brentwood and opposed an effort to open a charter school in the community.
Ramos, 60, who lives in Bay Shore, is running on the Democratic, Working Families and Independence lines. Ramos has served in the Assembly since 2002 and was promoted to deputy majority leader in 2015. He sits on the education, economic development, aging and local government committees. He is president of the Long Island Black and Hispanic Caucus and a member of the Latino Assembly Caucus. A graduate of Brentwood High School in 1974, Ramos served for 20 years with the Suffolk County Police Department, including 10 years as an undercover narcotics officer, before retiring as a detective. Ramos is married with three children.