Dems, GOP pick contenders for McKevitt’s Assembly seat


County Republican and Democratic leaders picked their candidates who will vie for Tom Tom McKevitt’s 17th District Assembly Seat in the April special election. McKevitt left the Assembly after 12 years, to become a Nassau County Legislator.

McEvitt, of East Meadow, was elected to longtime Republican Legislator Norma Gonsalves’s seat, after she announced her retirement last year.

John Mikulin, a deputy town attorney for the Town of Hempstead and president of the Island Trees Library Board in Levittown, will run on the Republican ticket. Freshman Republican Legislator John Ferretti called Mikulin energetic and intelligent, and said that his nomination was “just another indication of the strong group of up-and-coming young Republicans we have in Nassau County.”

Matthew Malin, 25, of Seaford, will run on the Democratic ticket. Malin ran unsuccessfully for McKevitt’s seat in 2016, and told the Herald at the time that being a young person “with some new ideas and a distaste for corruption” would give him an edge in helping the people of his district.

District 17 includes Seaford, Wantagh, East Meadow, Levittown, Massapequa, Bethpage, Farmingdale and Uniondale. The special election will be held on April 24, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced earlier this month.