2 Nassau lawmakers won't seek re-election
Two Nassau County lawmakers said Wednesday that they will not seek re-election, while a third said she remains undecided about her political future.
Scannell, who has served seven terms in the 5th District, wants to spend more time with his family and pursue other interests, said Nassau Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs.
"He has served for 14 years, and people don't stay forever," Jacobs said. Scannell, who declined to comment, has faced health issues in recent years.
She will face Robert Rigoroso, 49, an appliance store owner from Baldwin whom county Republicans selected during their nominating convention in Levittown Wednesday night. The district is heavily Democratic.
Belesi, who served two terms in the 14th District, said "politics was wearing me down. It was time for me to go."
Democrats will hold their nominating convention on May 28.
Bosworth, who has served three terms in the 10th District, said she "has not closed the door" on returning to the legislature and would make a decision only after Kaiman announces his re-election plans.
Jacobs said Wednesday that "we are expecting a new candidate to run in that district," although he declined to identify the candidate.
Kaiman said Wednesday that "it's premature for me to set forth what I'm doing."
Both parties will compete for an open seat in the 18th District after Democratic Legis. Delia DeRiggi-Whitton was moved into the 11th District because of redistricting. Legis. Wayne Wink (D-Roslyn), who currently represents the 11th District, is not running for re-election.
Democrats will nominate Kathleen Reilly, 50, a middle school teacher from Locust Valley, as their candidate in the 18th District. Reilly is a registered Republican and a first-time political candidate.
Republicans, who have a significant voter registration advantage in the district, will run Donald MacKenzie, 43, a commissioner in the Oyster Bay Water District, for the seat.
Democrats also are eyeing the 13th District, held by legislative Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow). Democrats will nominate Edward J. Kraus, a commissioner and former chief of the North Bellmore Fire Department. Registered Republicans outnumber Democrats in the district by nearly 4,400.
Republicans, meanwhile, are eyeing Legis. David Denenberg's 19th District seat. The GOP nominated Steven Rhoads, a captain in the Wantagh Fire Department. Republicans hold a significant voter registration advantage in the district.
The GOP also announced Wednesday that they will run Howard Sturim, a law secretary for Acting Supreme Court Justice Alan Honorof, for district attorney. He will compete against Democratic incumbent Kathleen Rice.
With Jennifer Barrios
Nassau Republican candidates
At a party convention in Levittown Wednesday night, county Republicans nominated:
Edward Mangano -- County executive
Howard Sturim -- District attorney
George Maragos -- Comptroller
Maureen O'Connell -- Clerk
Laureate Gregory -- 1st Legislative District
Pepitz Blanchard -- 2nd District
Sean Wright -- 3rd District
Denise Ford -- 4th District
Robert Rigoroso -- 5th District
Fran Becker -- 6th District
Howard Kopel -- 7th District
Vinny Muscarella -- 8th District
Richard Nicolello -- 9th District
Jane Centrella -- 10th District
John DiMascio -- 11th District
Michael Venditto -- 12th District
Norma Gonsalves -- 13th District
Laura Schaefer -- 14th District
Dennis Dunne -- 15th District
Louis Imbroto -- 16th District
Rose Walker -- 17th District
Donald MacKenzie -- 18th District
Steve Rhoads -- 19th District