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Joshua Lafazan becomes youngest person to win seat in Nassau legislature

The Democrat beat 2-term incumbent Donald Mackenzie for 18th district seat


MINEOLA — Nassau’s 18th district legislator-elect Joshua Lafazan is the youngest person ever elected to the county's legislature.

At 23-years-old, Lafazan defeated the two-term incumbent Donald Mackenzie.

"We barn-stormed the 18th district, we knocked on 18,000 doors. People are tired of the status quo, they don't want the status quo maintained and they channeled their frustration through us and I'm so excited to be elected," Lafazan said.

This isn’t the first time Lafazan made history. In 2012, he was the youngest ever in the history of the state to be a public office holder when he was elected to the Syosset School Board at 18-years-old.

The Syosset native says his youth will not hinder his ability to be a good leader.

"There's healthy reason to have skepticism because of my age; they've really put their trust in me and I'm really going to work doubly as hard to make them proud and to show them they've made a good choice," he said.

Lafazan graduated Syosset High School in 2012 and went on to Nassau Community College, then Cornell and finished at Harvard.

When he takes office on Jan. 1, he says the biggest issue he wants to tackle in the district is the heroin and opioid epidemic.

"We need a 24-hour assessment center so all families have a specific location to bring a loved one in need. And we need treatment on demand in New York State because no one should die because they can't afford care," he said.

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