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Southampton town board member Bridget Fleming has earned the Long Island Progressive Coalition endorsement in Thursday’s Democratic primary for New York’s 1st State Senatorial district.
Fleming, 52, a former city prosecutor, will face off against Jennifer Maertz, 36, an insurance litigation attorney who ran for the same seat on the Democratic line in 2010. Maertz was ultimately defeated by the district’s longtime Republican incumbent, Kenneth LaValle, of Port Jefferson.
Long Island Progressive Coalition Director Lisa Tyson said that Fleming has impressed in working to increase transparency of Southampton’s finance department, and in her support of improving education opportunities for young immigrants.
“Right now Long Island is missing representation in the senate from people who understand racial and social justice,” Tyson said, noting that the region hasn’t had a female state senator in almost three decades.
The endorsement, Tyson said, is nothing against Maertz. But she said Fleming has strength and charisma that reminds her of Hillary Clinton.
“When people meet her for the first time, they fall in love with her and want to support her,” Tyson said.
The primary is one of several involving Long Island senate and assembly seats to be decided on Thursday. In the 6th assembly district, five-term Assemb. Philip Ramos faces Samuel Gonzalez, an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers delegate. In the redrawn 9th assembly district, Republican Assemb. Joseph Saladino is being challenged by retired NYPD sergeant Richard Young.
In the new 22nd assembly district, Democrats will choose between Michaelle Solages, Milagros Vicente and Patrica Maher. The Massapequa-based Progressive Coalition has announced it will endorse Solages in that race.