Nassau Legislator Howard J. Kopel, the Majority Whip of the County Legislature, recently endorsed Avi Fertig for New York State Assembly. Fertig is the Republican-Conservative-Tax Revolt nominee for the open 20th Assembly District seat. This seat, long held by retiring Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, overlaps significantly with Kopel’s legislative district.
Legislator Kopel’s endorsement is the third high-profile endorsement of Fertig in the past few weeks. The first came from Senator Dean Skelos. The second came several days ago from Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray.
Kopel and Fertig recently campaigned together at the Five Towns Community Chest Fair.
“I am happy to endorse Avi Fertig to be our next NY State Assemblyman,” said Kopel about his former staffer. Fertig previously served as a community aide to Legislator Kopel. “As my director of community affairs, Avi Fertig was a valuable link between my office and the constituents in the areas of Long Island that I’m privileged to represent.”
Echoing sentiments expressed by Senator Skelos and Supervisor Murray, Legislator Kopel referenced retiring Assemblyman Weisenberg’s considerable accomplishments in office and expressed his view that Fertig is suited to continue that record of success.
“Avi Fertig will serve every member of our community well, and will be a strong advocate for our residents. I support his fight for lower taxes and job creation. Avi has shown more common sense than most, and this has only benefited our neighbors.”
Legislator Kopel also made reference to Fertig’s crucial role in Kopel’s present fight to construct a bypass around Rockaway Turnpike/878. “While in my office, Avi thoroughly embraced and helped promote the issue, keenly recognizing the importance of that vital emergency evacuation route for the community.”
Expressing gratitude for Kopel’s backing, Fertig referred to Legislator Kopel as an inspiring figure in local government and one of his personal mentors. “Legislator Kopel is all about constituent service; he has little to no patience for bureaucratic obstacles and will never back down from a fight. He actively keeps his promise that, at least in his office, it is not business as usual,” says Fertig.
“I appreciate Legislator Kopel’s support of my campaign to become our Assembly District’s newest representative.”