Stern says “rebuilding the relationship” with Israel is a top priority, and that the country’s security is vital to the United States. He says he will fight for the middle class by investing in infrastructure and reforming the tax code to reflect the local cost of living. Stern also would focus on education by working for universal pre-K funding and increased tax credits to help Americans pay for college. He opposes any privatization of Social Security and will fight any effort to raise age limits for benefits. He favors increased federal funding for sewers to protect local waters and spur responsible development. Stern also backs a return of the assault weapons ban, closing gun show loopholes and tightening background checks for gun purchasers. He supports abortion rights, funding for Planned Parenthood, pay parity for women and paid family leave. He also supports reform of onerous rules that affect co-ops, especially in mortgage prepayments and treatment for disaster aid.
Stern is making his bid for the Third District congressional seat after serving for 11 years as a Suffolk County legislator. He will be term limited from seeking re-election to the legislature next year. Stern, 47, has headed the legislature’s committees on Veterans and Seniors and Ways and Means. He has sponsored legislation to rehabilitate tax delinquent properties for homeless veterans, bar protests from radical fringe groups at military funerals and ban use of the chemical BPA in children’s baby bottles and toddler cups. A certified elder law attorney, Stern lives in Dix Hills with his wife, Meredith, and their two teenage sons.