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This year, all politics is local
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John C. O'Connell/Herald
Tom Suozzi, left, and Ed Mangano, now battling for who will be the next county executive, were all smiles last Oct. 16 at the Presidential Debate at Hofstra University.

Legislator Joseph Scannell (D-Baldwin) will not be seeking re-election in the 5th District. Vying for that seat are Democrat Laura Curran and Republican Debra Pugliese.
In the 4th District, which includes the barrier island, as well as parts of the Five Towns, Oceanside and Island Park, Denise Ford has been cross-endorsed by both the Democrats and Republicans to retain her seat.

Klein said there is also no single issue affecting the legislative races. “All politics is local,” he said, adding that with 19 seats up for grabs, there are 19 different sets of issues.

Five posts up in Town

Several seats in the Town of Hempstead are up for grabs this year, as well, including supervisor. Republican Kate Murray, who was first appointed to the job a decade ago, is seeking her sixth two-year term. She is being challenged by Democrat Felix Procacci, of Franklin Square.

After Town Clerk Mark Bonilla’s removal from office following a misdemeanor conviction of official misconduct, the Republican candidate for the post was tapped to fill his seat. Nasrin Ahmad, of Salisbury, who has worked in the clerk’s office for a decade, goes into the election as the incumbent. She will be challenged by Democrat Jasmine Garcia-Vieux, of Levittown.

The town has also been impacted by redistricting, as boundaries of the six council districts have changed to account for population shifts.

Three of the seats are up this year. In District 1, long-time Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, a Democrat, will face off against Republican Elton McCabe, who has previously run for the Nassau County Legislature and New York State Assembly.

Republican Anthony Santino, the town’s longest-serving councilman, is up for re-electionin District 4. His challenger is Patrick Gillespie, a Democrat. Gary Hudes, a Republican who represents District 6 in the northeast corner of the town, will be up against Democrat Diane Madden.


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As the race heats up for County Executive, and the political ads play on TV, one must be immediately struck by the hypocrisy of Mr. Suozzi's ads in which he blatantly states that he balanced the budget and did not raise taxes. Surely Mr. Suozzi, you don't expect us to swallow either of these 'facts' without a strong chaser! When our county taxes went up by 23%, were we hallucinating, or did the money really disappear from our bank accounts? If Ed Mangano had not taken the job away from you, we were to be saddled with another 16% increase, or was that also imagined? And as for the balanced budget, did you not leave the county $160,000,000 in the red with the political patronage jobs, the fiscal loans, and of course your $65,000 pay increase? Please Tom, tell me where the lie is! I'm backing Ed Mangano for another term- he's earned it!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 | Report this

Mr. Suozzi, sometimes you have to know when to walk away graciously.....this is the time. Is there nothing about term limits, or the ability to "re-run" for office on the county level. Please don't get like the Clintons. We can't get rid of them! Are you that much of an egotist that you just can't stand the thought of yourself being voted out? Our fiscal condition is bad enough, let's not make it worse by adding you back into the mix. Please leave quietly, gentlemanly and with dignity. Sometimes, you actually improve your image by doing so.

Thursday, September 26, 2013 | Report this

Anyone who votes 4 Suozzi is a fool-hi tax Tom baby-m/be you can get that cushy no-show job back at Cablevision ofr go back to the law firm and taqke waiters' and busboys hard earned tips at catering halls. Or m/be try running 4 Governor-we can't do any worse than the wanna be President Andrew Cuomo who is another used car salesman.

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