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Victoria Serpa labels herself as an Independence Party candidate running on the Republican line against Assemb. Phil Ramos (D-North Bay Shore), but the Brentwood resident is still officially listed at the Suffolk Board of Elections as a Democrat.

Serpa said she changed her voter registration to Independence Party membership last year, but unless she made the change by Oct 11, her enrollment will not change until after this Election Day in November.

Only last year, Serpa was a Democratic activist who town Democratic chairman Gerry Palotta ousted as a member of the party’s executive committee during internal infighting over a number of primaries including Palotta’s efforts to back Monica Martinez and do in then incumbent Democratic incumbent Rick Montano.

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Serpa once worked as a director of community relations for former Suffolk Executive Steve Levy and since March has been executive assistant in the Islip public work department.

Serpa, 34, said she left the Democrats and is running for office because Ramos “has left the party divided and in disarray and pitted community leaders against one another.”

Ramos, who is the Independence Party’s designated candidate, said he has worked to unite all groups within the community,  to bring back funding from Albany, and to “fight the toxic dumping that was permitted by the Town of Islip Department of Public Works.”

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