Cronin is backing ethics reform legislation that includes a ban on campaign contributions to state legislators who serve on committees where donors have business. “Albany has a system of institutionalized bribery, and this legislation is aimed directly at ending those practices,” Cronin said. He also backs a proposal to limit lawmakers to four, two-year terms. “If you can’t get the job done in eight years, then you don’t deserve to stay,” Cronin said. He said he believes in stronger gun control laws and strong environmental laws. “The Bethpage plume is one of the most critical issues facing the district,” he said. “Those in power have allowed Grumman to drag its feet on cleaning up the site and meanwhile the plume is still growing.”
Cronin, 35, is a registered Democrat who is running on the Democratic, Working Families and Women’s Equality lines. Cronin, of Garden City, is an attorney in private practice specializing in business litigation and represents victims of financial fraud, particularly those who are victims of convicted financier Bernard Madoff. Cronin received his bachelor’s degree from Loyola University and his law degree from Washington University. He and his wife have a daughter. Cronin ran unsuccessfully for the Senate seat in 2012.