Englebright is concerned about water quality, which he said he began working on 30 years ago when he was appointed to a committee studying Long Island’s water resources. “Protecting our water resources is an ongoing process,” he said. He continues to work on public health issues and said he was pleased to have sponsored a bill that made mother’s milk eligible for Medicaid reimbursement to help economically disadvantaged mothers who can’t lactate be able to share breast milk immunities with their infants. He also cited a 50 percent drop in cases of pertussis statewide in 2015 since he helped pass the Neonatal Infant Pertussis Act in 2012 to vaccinate an infant’s parents and caregivers to slow the spread of the disease among newborns. “We cut the incidence of whooping cough in half and saved lives,” Englebright said. He said he will continue to fight for Long Island’s fair share of state education dollars, and pointed to the additional education funds received this year. “I’m pleased to be fighting for our children and the quality of life in our communities,” he said. The additional funds also helped hold down tuition increases at SUNY and CUNY schools and increased Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) aid, Englebright said.
Englebright, 70, of Setauket, is running on the Democratic, Independence and Working Families party lines. He has been an Assembly member since 1992, and was a Suffolk County legislator for 10 years before that. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee and earned his master’s degree in paleontology/sedimentology from Stony Brook University. He is now chairman of the Assembly’s environmental conservation committee. Englebright was named Legislator of the Year in 2016 by the Environmental Advocates of New York for his work on ocean acidification and climate change. He has two daughters.