Hometown: Northport, N.Y.
Birthday: June 28, 1973
Bio: Jason Molinet is a Patch.com regional editor for Long Island's North Shore. He's a veteran journalist with a passion for community news. Molinet spent 11 years as a reporter at Newsday and has been a Press Club of Long Island award winner. A University of Miami graduate with a BA in History, Molinet celebrates his Cuban heritage, reads Ernest Hemingway and roots for the Miami Heat.
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How would you describe your political beliefs? The First Amendment is my friend and anyone who says otherwise best be prepared for dissent. Transparency equals democracy.
Are you registered with a certain party? I'm a registered Republican, but vote for the most promising, can-do candidate.
How religious would you consider yourself? Baptized Catholic, attended Christian school, but ultimately non-religious.
Local Hot-Button Issue
What do you think is the most important issue facing the community? Long Islanders share a collective psyche and yet live in highly segregated communities, divided seemingly by political hedgerows. This division has created a monster in the form of small -- and increasingly expensive -- school districts as well as special water, fire and police districts. It's time to cut the fat and consolidate. Education and essential services are the bedrock of a strong community, but not at the expense of fiscal responsibility.