Candidates file petitions in congressional races

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Republican-backed candidates Bruce Blakeman and Grant Lally have filed petitions to get on the ballot for what are expected to be GOP primaries.

Blakeman, former Nassau legislative presiding officer, filed nominating petitions with 15,304 signatures, far more than the 1,250 required in the 4th Congressional District, where he seeking the seat held by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola), who is retiring.

Blakeman is facing a possible primary from Frank Scaturro, a party dissident making his third bid for Congress. Scaturro did not file petitions Monday.

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Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice and Nassau Legis. Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport), who are likely to face each other in a Democratic primary for McCarthy’s seat, did not file petitions Monday.

In the 3rd Congressional District, Lally, a Republican attorney from Lloyd Harbor who twice ran for Congress in the 1990s, filed 6,760 signatures on petitions for the Republican line to run against Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington).

Steve Labate of Deer Park, who lost to Israel two years ago, is expected to wage a primary challenge against Lally, but did not file petitions Monday.

In the 1st Congressional District, Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) filed signatures for the Working Families Party and Independence Party ballot lines. He filed 197 signatures for the Working Families line and needed 105. He filed 1,754 for the Independence Party ballot line, needing 1,124.

Neither the GOP-backed candidate in the district, State Sen. Lee Zeldin, of Shirley, nor his likely Republican primary challenger George Demos filed petitions Monday.

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All candidates have until Thursday to file petitions with the board of elections or have them postmarked.

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