3RD SENATORIAL DISTRICT

Islip tax receiver to challenge Martinez for State Senate seat

Randall Waszynski
Posted 4/9/20

Alexis Weik describes herself as a fighter and an engaged member of the community. Serving as the Town of Islip’s receiver of taxes since 2011, Weik said she has opened the door to ensuring …

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3RD SENATORIAL DISTRICT

Islip tax receiver to challenge Martinez for State Senate seat

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Alexis Weik describes herself as a fighter and an engaged member of the community. Serving as the Town of Islip’s receiver of taxes since 2011, Weik said she has opened the door to ensuring that anyone who needs to meet with her and discuss urgent matters can easily do so.

“[I have] streamlined the operations of the Receiver’s Office, making it more accessible, more efficient, and more accountable to taxpayers,” Weik said.

On the Republican ticket with the Conservative endorsement, Weik is running for the New York Senate District 3 seat.

“Right now, government is lacking in two things: common sense and a commitment to improving our communities,” Weik said, adding that she has proven time and again that she possesses both of these quali- ties.

Weik noted that Democrats hold the majority in Suf- folk County, the state Assembly, and the state Senate.

“It is an important race, especially right now. We are on the precipice of something big happening to Long Island. We are about to change. Long Island will never be the same after this next campaign cycle,” Weik said, continuing on to say that the COVID-19 pandemic is relevant to all of this, too.

Announcing her campaign in December, Weik, a Sayville resident, said she is continuously listening to the constituency’s concerns, including the continually rising taxes and the substandard quality of services received.

“There are so many pieces of legislation that are not favoring Long Islanders,” she said. “Unfortunately, we pay an unfair share of taxes to New York State. In exchange, we should be getting better representation and getting our fair share of state aid. I do not think that is happening right now, and that is important to me. I want to make sure that the constituents that I represent have their fair share coming from New York State.”

While listening to the constituency, Weik has garnered a multifaceted platform that includes state aid for education, sewering, women’s concerns, and rethinking bail reform. Regarding education, Weik has listened to concerns of affordability for middle-class Long Islanders and sending their children to college.

“Long Islanders have to work hard. It is usually a two-income family. Most of the time, those individuals do not fall into the category of making $100,000 or less and qualifying for free college education. Those individuals should not be punished for working hard,” Weik said. “The middle class of Long Island never seems to see the benefits or the payouts coming from New York State. It is important that people who are working hard are not punished for working hard.”

Referencing back to the coronavirus pandemic, which is hard-hitting on Long Island, Weik incorporated the topic of bail reform, a state-administered law passed in 2019 that eliminates cash-bail for most misdemeanor and non-violent felony charges.

“More than 3,000 inmates were released due to bail reform under the guise of COVID-19, and making sure that these individuals did not get sick. This was a plan already in place because of bail reform. Now, we have people being released to make room in our correction- al facilities because they seem to be closing Rikers [Island],” Weik said, continuing on to discuss catch and release.

“It is not good for Long Island. It threatens [constituents’] safety and security,” she said. “Law enforcement on Long Island, in any sector, is not in favor of bail reform. And they can tell you their job seems to be the same: over and over, catch and release.”

Going back to the topic of the pandemic, Weik said her campaign will resume.

“I am passionate about running for this seat. Despite everything that is going on, it has not killed my enthusiasm. It has not crushed my goal. I still want desperately to represent this district who so desperately needs good representation.”

New York State Senate District 3 covers areas within several Islip and Brookhaven Town hamlets: East Islip, Great River, Oakdale, Fire Island, West Sayville, Sayville, Bayport, Blue Point, Patchogue, North Patchogue, East Patchogue, Medford, Bellport, North Bellport, Yaphank, Brookhaven Hamlet, Shirley, Mastic, Mastic Beach, Holtsville, Farmingville, Centereach, Holbrook, Bohemia, Ronkonkoma, Lake Ronkonkoma, Islandia, Hauppauge, Central Islip and Brentwood.

Weik, who is currently a Sayville resident, grew up in Ronkonkoma and Oakdale.

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