This year, all politics is local
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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.
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.
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.