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Although Brookhaven Town Board member Kathleen Walsh re-registered into the Independence Party, the party gave its endorsement and ballot line to legislative aide Kevin LaValle, who's looking to oust her.

Frank MacKay, state and Suffolk Independence Party chairman, gave the authorization to run on the minor-party line Monday to LaValle, whose brother is Suffolk Republican chairman John Jay LaValle. Kevin LaValle is an aide to Legis. Tom Muratore (R-Ronkonkoma).

On another front, environmental lawyer Reggie Seltzer, who announced she would launch a Democratic primary against incumbent town board member Connie Kepert, failed to file the necessary petitions last week.

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Seltzer, 83, who was a town board member in the 1970s, said she collected 116 of the 500 signatures she needed, but a number of her backers asked her to reconsider the race, saying they feared it would split the party and allow the GOP to win.

Seltzer said Kepert has helped rehabilitate herself by backing the revised Carmans River plan and has promised to consider residents' concerns, including local composting and town landfill operation.