The Republican vying for Charles Lavine's seat in the state Assembly spoke to nearly two dozen members of the Glen Cove Republican Club Wednesday, telling them that the thirteenth district needs a representative who doesn't just towe the party line.
"The incumbent is not doing a good job and is not representing the constituents of the 13th district on Long Island," Imbroto said to members gathered at Page One Restaurant.
Imbroto criticized Lavine for not doing what is right for those who elected him.
"He votes alongside the Democrats nine times out of ten," said Imbroto. "I can't see how you can represent a district on the North Shore of Long Island and not only vote for, but sponsor, legislation like the MTA tax."
For Glen Cove Republicans, Imbroto offers a new opportunity to carry the district, according to party leaders. Historically, Glen Cove candidates have received strong support among city voters but have underperformed in villages like Plainview, where the 28-year-old Imbroto resides.
When pressed for how he would differ his approach if elected to the Assembly, Imbroto said he would focus on taking the district's and Long Island's interests into consideration.
"Especially in this economic climate, we can't be raising taxes for Long Islanders," he said. "The cost of living is high enough. We can't keep spending money and sending the bill to taxpayers on Long Island."
Glen Cove Republicans took well to the Plainview native.
"I think he's a hardworking, intelligent young man," said Paul Meli, the party leader. "I think he has the best interests of the thirteenth district at heart."