Chemistry Department Chair to Challenge Gershon

Nancy Goroff on Tuesday announced her candidacy in the race for the First Congressional District. Courtesy Goroff for Congress

By Ben Kava

On Tuesday, Nancy Goroff, chair of the Chemistry Department at Stony Brook University, announced her candidacy in the campaign for the 1st District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Ms. Goroff joins Perry Gershon in the race for the Democratic nomination, the winner of which will face Republican incumbent Lee Zeldin of Shirley.

Suffolk County “needs someone who can solve problems, build consensus and advocate for people,” Ms. Goroff said in a phone interview on Tuesday. Having lived in the district for 22 years, including raising her children and working in the district, Ms. Goroff said she believes she is the candidate to accomplish such goals.

She also said that the distinction she would make between herself and other candidates “is in approach.” She has been talking to many district residents, she said, and hearing what matters to them.

“The issues I hear mentioned most are health care, environmental and climate concerns, and financial security,” Ms. Goroff said.

She has a background in policy, formerly serving on the National Advisory Board for the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Speaking of her candidacy at large, Ms. Goroff said, “I’m bringing my experience as a scientist, a leader, a mom, and a member of this community to best serve and represent the district.”

Also on Tuesday, Mr. Gershon’s campaign announced that it had raised second-quarter donations of more than $400,000.