U.S. Senate Hopeful Speaks to Rockland Republicans

Nassau County comptroller wants to challenge Kristen Gillibrand

 Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos told Rockland County Republicans he is exploring the possibility of running against U.S. Senator Kristen Gillibrand in 2012.

He explained why he wants to run. 

"We need leaders with visions grounded in reality," Maragos told county Republican committee members Wednesday night.

He touched on a variety of issues including high gas prices, unemployment and failure of government policies.

"Nothing speaks louder about the failure of our energy policy than those sky high gas prices at the pump," he said, noting the country needs a national commitment to energy independence.

Maragos stated Nassau County has a lower unemployment rate than much of the area but said 25 million Americans are affected by the lack of jobs.

"An entire generation of college students is at risk," he said."This is wrong." 

He criticized Gillibrand (D-NY) as being a "rubber stamp" to U.S Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and said she has done little for New York. 

"We need a smaller government," Maragos said. "We need a fiscally sound government."

He spoke about his experience and background. Before becoming comptroller, Maragos was in business for 35 years, running his own firm and as an executive with several banks. In addition to his elected position, Maragos said Republicans hold the Nassau County county executive's seat and the legislature. 

"We have restored financial stability to Nassau County," he said. "We have reduced taxes. Recently I reported we ended 2010 with a tax surplus."  

Maragos asked the committee members, who had gathered for their county nominating convention, for their support to help him get to Washington D.C.

Mike Hirsch June 02, 2011 at 12:07 PM
I have never heard of this guy, but I think Kristen Gillibrand is doing a great job. I believe she's been an advocate to get US congressional pay and benefits more in line with the common citizen. One of the very few (including tea party representatives) who are speaking up on this issue.
Concerned Resident June 09, 2011 at 12:57 PM
Unfortunately, Kristen is a Schumer puppet. We need an opposing figure to the one party rule that we have had in NYS for a long time. George would add some balance and he is NOT a lawyer, which helps. :-)
Cliff Weathers June 20, 2011 at 06:30 PM
New York State seized Nassau County's assets in January because it was run so incompetently. Nassau also has the highest debt per capita of any county in New York (Rockland is second). This candidacy is a joke and Maragos is lying when he's talking about Nassau's financial situation.


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