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Nassau County Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves has withdrawn from the Conservative party line on the November ballot after a host of signatures on her nominating petition were declared invalid – including two signees who were dead.
Gonsalves, a Republican from East Meadow, needed 39 valid signatures from registered Conservative Party voters. But, in Nassau Supreme Court last Thursday, more than half of the 82 signatures collected by the Gonsalves campaign were ruled invalid, including signees who did not live in the district, were not registered in the party or were dead.
“There seems to have been some sloppiness in the case,” said Gonsalves attorney Charles Casolaro.
Gonsalves, who will remain on the GOP line, is being challenged by Democrat Edward J. Kraus, a former chief of the North Bellmore Fire Department.
(In 2011 Gonsalves won with Democratic votes split between Patricia Maher, running on the party's line, and Joseph Spinola, who had the Working Families Party line).