3rd A.D.: Democrat faces ballot challenge

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Suffolk Democrats’ replacement Assembly nominee Edward Hennessey is facing a challenge to his candidacy from Republicans, based on the petitions filed for the candidate he replaced.

The challenge was made by Jerry Rosen, a Republican elections board worker. But what he challenged were the petitions that had been filed for the original third district Assembly contender Leonard Levy, the original Demcoratic candidate, who later declined the nomination.

The only problem is that the deadline for filing specific objections to nominating petitions was July 19. The objections, which arrived at the election board Tuesday, were sent in by mail and dated July 23.

The Republican and Democratic election commissioners have yet to act on the objections.

Both have to agree to remove a candidate from the ballot, and a split vote leaves the candidate on the ballot, though the issue could end up on court.

Hennessey is vying for the seat currently held by Republican Dean Murray.

In a related matter, no specific objections were filed to Legis. Ricardo Montano's petitions for state Senate, thus officially making him a candidate.

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