SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY — Republican Alexis Weik took the lead in a race to unseat incumbent and Democrat Monica Martinez for a seat in the New York State's 3rd Senatorial District.
Weik, who also ran on the Conservative line, garnered 59,155 votes to Martinez' 45,388.
But the total reflects only those ballots cast early or on Election Day, not the 23,056 absentee ballots received by the Suffolk County Board of Elections; the breakdown of those ballots includes 10,966 Democratic; 5,512 Republican; 354 Conservative; 61 Working Families Party; 39 Green; 27 Libertarian; 799 Independence; and 5,298 Blank.
Weik ran on a platform focused on public safety. "Knocking on doors, everywhere I went, people talked about supporting law enforcement and not defunding the police, as well as making sure to repeal bail reform," she said.
Weik, whose husband is a member of the Suffolk County Police Department and whose son is a member of the NYPD, said she was inspired to run because of the bail reform issue.
"This time last year, I had just won my re-election for receiver of taxes and I had four more years to go to work and do my job," she said. But the issue of bail reform prompted her to throw her hat into the proverbial ring. "There's nothing like the defensive mom or spouse mode," she said. "No one is going to hurt your husband or child. I felt strongly that this can't continue and the community overwhelmingly agreed with me."
On Election Night, Weik said she was excited. "I love nothing more than a good fight," she said. "I don't go looking for a fight but I never stand down. There are things I feel we should have in this district that we don't have and I want them back. I want security, school aid, I want to bring down the cost of living and to support our small businesses — they are the backbone of the our community."
Martinez, when asked to reflect on the results of the race so far, issued a statement through her press representative: "Senator Martinez and our team are going through the results of the election," he said. "At this point, out of respect to the process, Senator Martinez will not be making any public statements on the election."
Monica R. Martinez, 43, of Brentwood, also ran on the Independence line.
Martinez's brother Antonio Martine is the deputy supervisor and a councilman in Babylon Town.
Martinez attended Stony Brook University, earning a School Building Leadership and School District Leadership Certificate in 2008; New York University, earning a Master's degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in Social Studies, in 2000 and Binghamton University, earning a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and history in 1999.
She has served as a New York State Senator in the 3rd District since 2019 and was previously a Suffolk County legislator for the 9th Legislative District from 2014 to 2018.
When asked what issue she found most pressing, Martinez said it was "our response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many lost their lives, lost their jobs for no fault of their own, businesses closed, re-opened and now need assistance to stay open. What the pandemic has shown is that it hit all walks of life but we also saw inequities amongst one community to the next," she said.
"We saw disparities in our healthcare system, our workforce and in government resources. I am proud of the progress we've made in the State of New York, going from the nation's center hotspot to being the state with the lowest infection rate in the nation — but it's not over," Martinez said. "We are seeing spikes of infection in certain areas across the state and we need to do what we can to keep the virus under control. We need to rebuild our communities by investing back into our communities to help small businesses get back on their feet, infrastructure projects that have been long delayed need to be adequately funded which would create more jobs and we must do all we can to continue securing educational funding for our schools. I plan on going back to Albany and advocating for all of these issues and bring much needed support to the 3rd Senate district, Long Island and the entire state of New York."
Weik grew up in Ronkonkoma and Oakdale. She graduated from Connetquot High School and pursued college degrees at SUNY Farmingdale and Dowling College, and has a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
In 2011, Weik began her tenure as Islip receiver of taxes.
For the past 26 years, she has lived in Sayville and three children with her husband.
Weik said she ran for State Senate "to restore some common sense to how our government operates and improve our quality of life. That means prioritizing the needs of our hardworking families and small business owners over the needs of lawbreakers and special interests. It also means making Suffolk County more affordable and ensuring we receive the high quality of resources and services we deserve."
New York State's 3rd Senate District is made up Mastic, Shirley, Sayville, Patchogue, Medford, Ronkonkoma and parts of Happauge and Brentwood.