LI state primaries have redrawn districts

Long Island voters will head to the polls Thursday to cast ballots in newly redrawn state legislative lines, including a new Assembly district on Nassau's western end and another district that crosses through Nassau and Suffolk for the first time.

Three Democrats will compete in the new 22nd Assembly District, which includes Elmont, North Woodmere, Valley Stream, Bellerose, South Floral Park and Franklin Square.

The candidates are party-backed Michaelle Solages of Elmont; Valley Stream civic activist Milagros Vicente, and Patricia Maher of East Meadow, who has run unsuccessfully in several local races. Valley Stream Parks Department employee Gary D'Annunzio, a village resident, is challenging Solages for the Working Families line.

Solages, whose brother, Carrié, is a first-term Nassau County legislator, says she wants to lower taxes, streamline government and bring economic development to Belmont Park. She calls Maher a "career candidate" who is not familiar with the region's issues. Solages also criticized Vicente for failing to file a financial disclosure form by a state deadline.

"She was tardy in sending in that form," Solages said. "We need to send people to Albany who comply with the law."

Vicente, once a campaign aide to former New York City Councilman Miguel Martinez, blamed a postal error for the missed deadline. She said her priorities are improving public safety and bringing jobs to the region and pointed to her economic development experience at a Manhattan nonprofit.

"I have a record in getting people jobs and getting them off public assistance," she said.

Vicente said Solages has no such experience and accused her of "running on her brother's shoulders and his record."

Maher did not respond to calls for comment. The primary winner will face Republican Sean Wright, the Hempstead Town deputy attorney, who lives in North Valley Stream.

In the redrawn 9th Assembly District, which straddles Nassau and Suffolk counties, Republican Assemb. Joseph Saladino is being challenged by Richard Young, a retired NYPD sergeant who has questioned the incumbent's conservative credentials.

A West Islip lawyer, Young notes Saladino's 'F' rating in 2010 from the National Rifle Association, his acceptance of labor union contributions and a bill he sponsored that would require parents to drug test their high school age children.

"My opponent claims to be a conservativebut his voting record is just the opposite," Young said.

Saladino said he supports the rights of responsible gun owners and, like many lawmakers, receives money from law enforcement unions. He defends the drug testing bill for starting an "important dialogue" about overdoses. Saladino, running for a fifth term, is Nassau conference leader of the Republican, Independent and Conservative parties.

Saladino has also criticized Young for attempting to get on the state payroll while collecting police retirement payments. "He wants to collect another paycheck from the government and to be a double-dipper," Saladino said. "He gives a bad name to police officers everywhere.".

Young, who was injured in a car accident while responding to a shooting, said Saladino's comments "belittle first responders and anyone who has ever put on a uniform."

The district, once based on Nassau's South Shore, now stretches into Suffolk and includes South Massapequa, Massapequa Park, West and North Babylon, Babylon Village, West Islip and parts of Bay Shore-Brightwaters.

In two other state legislative Democratic primaries on Long Island:

First Senate District: Jennifer Maertz, a lawyer, faces Southampton Town board member Bridget Fleming.

The winner will challenge State Sen. Kenneth LaValle, who beat Maertz in 2010. Sixth Assembly District: Five-term Assemb. Philip Ramos faces Samuel Gonzalez, a delegate for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

 

LI JUDICIAL RACES

 

There are primaries Thursday for the following judgeships:

NASSAU COUNTY

City Court judge, Glen Cove

Independence Party primary (vote for one)

Richard J. McCord

Timothy J. Tenke

County Court judge

Independence Party primary (vote for three)

Teresa Corrigan

David P. Sullivan

Fran Ricigliano

Helene Gugerty

Robert Spergel

Martin Massell

First District Court, Hempstead

Independence Party primary (vote for one)

Susan T. Kluewer

Anthony W. Paradiso

Second District Court, Hempstead

Independence Party Primary (vote for three)

C. William Gaylor

Howard Y. Taylor

Andrea C. Phoenix

Robert E. Pipia

Andrew M. Engel

Valerie J. Alexander

Fourth District Court, Glen Cove/Oyster Bay

Independence Party Primary (vote for three)

William J. O'Brien

Arshad Majid

Kimberly L. Snow

Colin F. O'Donnell

Douglas J. Lerose

Marc Laykind

SUFFOLK COUNTY

Fourth District Court, Town of Smithtown

Conservative/Independence Party primaries (vote for two)

Richard T. Dunne (seeking both nominations)

Janine A. Barbera-Dalli (seeking both)

Richard I. Horowitz (seeking both)

This story has been changed to correct the spelling of the name of Hemsptead Second District Court candidate C. William Gaylor.

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