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Islip Democrats have filed specific objections to former Suffolk Legis. Rick Montano's petitions to run a party primary for Islip town supervisor and to his entire town slate.

Daddlie Volmar of Brentwood objected to 947 of the 2,916 signatures Montano filed which, if upheld, would bring him and his slate below the 2,000 signature minimum required to qualify for townwide races.

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Gerry Pallotta, Islip Town Democratic leader, said, "Montano is an experienced attorney and candidate, and it is hard to believe that the sheer number and serious nature of the issues and errors could have been a mistake."

Montano had no comment on the objections to his petitions, but expressed confidence that he will have more than enough signatures to qualify for the Sept. 13 primary. "Our petitions are good. We went door to door," he said.

Party officials also filed specific objections to Giovanni Mata's primary petitions to run against freshman Legis. Monica Martinez (D-Brentwood), who defeated Montano in a bitter primary two years ago. Objector Deborah O'Connell of Brentwood said none of Mata's 1,767 signatures are valid. He needs 500 legitimate signatures to qualify for the ballot.

Meanwhile, Islip Democratic dissidents also got State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Santorelli to sign a court order setting a July 28 hearing on whether Martinez should be removed from the ballot for allegedly allowing some signers to put additional names on petitions. The group went to court because the Board of Elections cannot  rule on an issue of fraud; only a judge can make that decision.

Elsewhere, Democratic foes of former Huntington highway superintendent William J. Naughton, 81, filed specific objections to his primary petitions in his bid to run for town board. Naughton lost the highway superintendent post  to Peter Gunther in 2013 after 25 years on the job.

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Objectors Ann Berger of Huntington and Sherry Ann Pavone of Northport claim that 1,408 of the 1,553 signatures that Naughton collected were flawed. They also objected to the petitions of Naughton's primary running mate, Andrew Merola of Huntington Station, claiming 765 of the 1,114 signatures Melrola collected were invalid. They need 1,000 valid signatures to qualify.

Suffolk Republicans, meanwhile, filed specific objections to Working Families Party petitions filed for the Suffolk Democratic slate, while Marc Haskell of Huntington filed specific objections to Huntington town board member Susan Berland's Independence Party petitions, claiming 430 of their 630 signatures were invalid. She needs 313 legitimate signatures to qualify for the minor party ballot line.