Jul 30, 2014

Weigh in on Carolyn McCarthy's Departure

The longtime House member has announced her retirement. What will her legacy be?

Weigh in on Carolyn McCarthy's Departure
A noteworthy Congressional career ended Wednesday with Carolyn McCarthy's announcement that she will not run for re-election.

The 70-year-old Mineola Democrat, whose district includes parts of Wantagh, has been undergoing treatment for lung cancer.

She's often associated with causes relate to gun control and came to prominence when she began speaking out on the issue after her husband Dennis  was killed in the 1993 mass shooting at the Merrilon Avenue Long Island Rail Road Station.

Rep Peter King, R-Seaford, whose district neighbor's McCarthy,  praised her for standing up for Long Islanders.

We want to know what you think. How will you remember McCarthy. What is her legacy? Which of her positions did you agree with and which ones did you differ with? Will her departure strengthen or weaken Long Island's influence in Washington?

Let us know in the Comment section below.

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