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Three-way primary set for new Nassau district
It will be a three-way Democratic primary for a newly created state Assembly district in western Nassau County, officials said Monday after two other hopefuls were disqualified because of ballot-petition errors.
Nassau County Elections Commissioner William T. Biamonte said three candidates will be on the Sept. 13 primary ballot:
- Michaelle Solages, a paralegal, librarian assistant at Hofstra University and the official party designee. She is also the sister of Carrié Solages, a county legislator.
- Milagros Vicente, who's been active in protests to save the Fifth Police Precinct in Nassau County.
- Patricia Maher, president of the Merrick Avenue Civic Association and a former county legislature candidate.
Biamonte said two candidates, Patrick Emeagwali, a college professor and Elmont school board member, and Cristobal Stewart, a Valley Stream school board member, originally had turned in more than the 500 petition signatures needed to qualify for the ballot. But after legal challenges forced a review, each candidate was left with fewer than 400 valid signatures – knocking them out of the contest.
Earlier this month, the elections board disqualified another hopeful, Monique Hardial-Swaby, for petition errors.
The primary winner will face Sean Wright, a North Valley Stream resident and Hempstead town attorney who has the Republican line.
The new district was created earlier this year in the decennial redistricting process. Long Island gained an additional Assembly seat, giving it 22, at the expense of upstate New York. The district borders Queens and covers Bellerose, Elmont, Valley Stream and North Woodmere, among other areas.