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Jason Richberg for Suffolk Legislative District 15

The Editorial Board
Jason Richberg

Jason A. Richberg has hit the ground running in his time in the legislature.

The 39-year-old West Babylon Democrat took office in a 2020 special election to replace the departing DuWayne Gregory, but Richberg had already served in various aide roles in the same body, experience that is paying off now. Richberg knows the importance of expanding access to sewers in his southwest Suffolk district, creating a better and fairer housing system, and improving the relationship between police and those they serve. Thoughtfully and forcefully, he is emerging as a powerful voice attacking the ills of racial discrimination in Suffolk. That includes legislation to help homeowners remove offensive — and unenforceable — restrictive racial covenants from deeds.

Opponent Jarod B. Morris, 23, of Wyandanch, told Newsday he supports community policing and attracting business to Long Island but he is not actively campaigning, according to the Suffolk GOP.

Newsday endorses Richberg.