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Republican County Executive candidate Jim O'Connor picked up his first formal endorsement last week from Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley).
Zeldin announced his endorsement for O'Connor at a meeting of the Brookhaven Ward 2 Republican Club held at the Ridge firehouse.
Zeldin called O'Connor "a man of great integrity" and a "smart, experienced lawyer who will be a taxpayer watchdog as county executive."
He added that O'Connor is a candidate of "policy substance" and will focus on "bringing taxes under control."