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Suffolk election officials rejected a bid by Manuel Troche of Bay Shore, the Republican challenger of Assemb. Phil Ramos (D-Brentwood), for an additional November ballot line called "Cambio NY." Of 1,235 signatures submitted, only 652 were deemed valid.
A total 974 were required to qualify. Ramos on Sept. 13 fended off a Democratic primary challenge from another rival, Samuel J. Gonzalez.
Earlier, Jaime Martinez, of Rocky Point, was found to have submitted too few signatures* to use the "Cambio NY" label in the 4th Senate District, where Legis. Ricardo Montano (D-Central Islip) faces Republican Assemb. Philip Boyle (R-Bay Shore) in the race to succeed the retiring Sen. Owen Johnson (R-West Babylon).
Cambio means change in Spanish.
Photo: Assemb. Phil Ramos (D-Brentwood)