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The Suffolk Legislature’s minority leader, Dan Losqaudro, has gone to state Supreme Court to challenge the Independence Party petitions of Assemb. Marc Alessi.

The claim is that the Shoreham Democrat’s petitions violate a new state law barring signatures for different candidates being merged in the same petition. But Democrats say the law only restricts signatures for two different candidates appearing on the same petiton sheet.

Republicans have challenged Assemb. Fred Thiele on the same basis. Also challenged are the Independence petitions of Suffolk County Court Judge Richard Ambro.

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At the same time, Democratic primary challenger Giovanni Mata has been challenged for not residing in the sixth Assembly district for one year as required. Mata claimed he never left Suffolk, even though he listed a Nassau address because he briefly worked for Nassau County.

Republicans Mary Magnifico and Marie Kilmartin also challenged first district Democratic State Senate candidate Regina Calcaterra as having not lived in the state for five consecutive years. Calcaterra said she worked in Philadelphia for a time on a case, but never gave up her residency. They also challenged her Working Families Party line on the same basis.

Democrat Phillip Alloy also challenged Assemb. Ginny Fields' Working Families Party petitions, claiming she omitted the community in which some petition signers lived.

General objections were also filed by Robert Bennett to the Opportunity to Ballot petition filed last week to allow a Conservative write-in campaign in the first Congressional district. Foes have six days to file specific objections to the petitions which had 860 names, about one third more than the 554 required.