Spin Cycle

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Two Long Island state Assembly seats are open in special elections tomorrow, and local interest on the political circuit is heightened by the recent Republican gains in Nassau and Suffolk, plus the Scott Brown race in Massachussetts.

In the 15th AD, covering parts of Nassau, Republican Rob Walker vacated the seat to become deputy to Nassau Executive Ed Mangano. Lawyer Michael Montesano is running on the Republican, Independence and Conservative lines and Matthew Meng, an auto repair businessman, is on the Democratic line.

In the 3d A.D. voters in part of Suffolk will choose between Democrat Lauren Thoden and Dean Murray. Thoden worked on the staff of Patricia Eddington who was elected Brookhaven clerk in November. Murray owns an ad agency and has the Conservative line; Thoden has the Independence and Working Families lines.

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In Queens, in the 24th A.D., former Councilman David Weprin is running to succeed his brother Mark Weprin, who took the Council seat in November. Looking to avert the Democratic siblings' switcheroo is Bob Friedrich, a local business owner.

Special elections are notorious for low turnout.