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After Suffolk Democrats engineered a primary to oust Legis. Rick Montano (D-Brentwood), the veteran lawmaker at least kept warm relations with Republicans.
Montano, a critic of Democratic County Executive Steve Bellone, recently attended a Smithtown fundraiser for GOP legislative Minority Leader John Kennedy, another Bellone critic. Montano who lost the primary to Monica Martinez, sister of a onetime Bellone aide called his appearance at Cafe Havana nothing special, saying he knows the restaurants owner and has attended past Kennedy fundraisers.
But Jon Schneider, a Bellone deputy, replied: Monica Martinez is willing to support Democratic leadership, and Rick Montano wasnt. I think now we know why.
Montano remains on the Nov. 5 ballot on the Working Families Party line.