Judge knocks Hardwick off county executive ballot

Andrew Hardwick, candidate for Nassau County executive, attends

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Andrew Hardwick, candidate for Nassau County executive, attends a hearing at the Nassau County courthouse in Mineola. (Oct. 8, 2013) (Credit: Howard Schnapp)

A State Supreme Court justice ruled Thursday that former Freeport Mayor Andrew Hardwick cannot get on the ballot for Nassau County executive because his nominating petitions for a third-party line were "permeated with fraudulent practices."

Justice F. Dana Winslow ruled that Hardwick may not have been personally involved in the fraud but he was "intimately aware" of it and in one instance...

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