It’s time for the system to work differently. Marcellino’s challenger in the 5th District is James Gaughran, the chairman of the Suffolk County Water Authority. Gaughran, an attorney, previously served on the Huntington Town Board and in the Suffolk County Legislature. The Northport Democrat promises an independent streak, which he demonstrated in his previous posts, as well as a focus on clean government and a penchant to lead. On ethics reform, he supports bans on outside income for state legislators and on the use of campaign funds for personal purposes, and he suggests term limits of six or eight years for members. He speaks of the important need to cast more “light” on the state budget and lawmaking, and he laments how laws are passed in the last hours of the legislature’s session.

Source: Jim Gaughran to represent New York’s 5th Senate District | Newsday