LI congressional primaries on June 26
Veteran Queens Democratic Rep. Gregory Meeks, who under reapportionment now has small parts of Nassau, including parts of Inwood, Valley Stream and Elmont, is facing a four-way Democratic primary. His best-known challenger is ex-city Councilman Allan W. Jennings Jr.
The potential primaries emerged in the past week when primary nominating petitions were due with at least 938 names -- less than the 1,000 normally required because of the shortened campaign season.
What makes this year unusual for New York politics is that there are three separate primaries: presidential, held Tuesday; congressional, scheduled for June 26; and the state legislative and party committee primaries, which will be held in September.
Pending congressional primaries and petition challenges:
1st District: Challenger George Demos has filed petitions with about 2,000 signatures for a GOP primary rematch against GOP and Conservative designee Randy Altschuler, who filed nearly 9,000 signatures. Altschuler lost to Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) by 596 votes two years ago.
3rd District: GOP designee Steve Labate, a retirement counselor and Army veteran, is challenged by Manhasset's Robert Previdi, who has routinely run in GOP primaries since 1992, and Anthony Eric Tolda. a securities broker from Huntington. GOP elections aide Matthew Kiernan challenged both of their petitions. The winner will take on Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington), head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
4th District: Frank Scaturro of Hempstead is challenging Nassau Legis. Francis Becker of Lynbrook for the right to take on Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola). Scaturro backer Robert Dann is objecting to Conservative designee Becker's GOP petitions, even though Becker filed more than 13,000 signatures. Kenneth Heino, a Valley Stream Conservative, is objecting to petitions filed to permit the Conservative Party to have an Opportunity to Ballot. If upheld, that petition would let Scaturro wage a write-in campaign for the Conservative line.
5th District: Meeks, of Far Rockaway, is facing Jennings, who in 2005 was censured and fined over sexual harassment complaints; Michael Scala, who worked for a hospice organization and is in his final year of law school; and Joseph Marthone, an accountant and activist.