Kaminsky said he would continue “tackling the plague of corruption in Albany.” “People have really lost faith in government,” he said. Kaminsky said he would advocate for bans on legislators earning outside incomes; close a campaign finance loophole that lets corporations exceed corporate limits in campaign finance law; and ensure the extension of a recent law stripping convicted lawmakers of their pensions. Kaminsky said he would push for “ending the reign of Common Core and establishing a sane platform going forward.” A teacher evaluation process should be “scientifically tested” and work toward “helping their performance, not simply evaluating them for the sake of weeding them out,” Kaminsky said.
Kaminsky, 38, of Long Beach, is running on the Democratic, Working Families and Women’s Equality party lines. He was elected to the State Senate in an April 2016 special election after former State Sen. Majority Leader Dean Skelos was convicted of federal corruption charges. He was elected to the State Assembly in 2014. He is a former federal corruption prosecutor who served six years as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York. He is also a former domestic violence prosecutor in the Queens District Attorney’s Office. Kaminsky worked for nearly a year in the Manhattan law firm Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2000 and New York University School of Law in 2003. Kaminsky is married with a son.