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The last minute infighting over who will be the Democrat’s comptroller candidate ended Friday and the party will move forward with Suffolk Water Authority chairman James Gaughran as their nominee, said party officials said.
Suffolk Legis. Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk) and Louis D’Amaro (D-North Babylon) had been weighing a run and D’Amaro even raised the possibility of challenging Gaughran, who has the backing of Suffolk Democratic chairman Richard Schaffer, in a party primary in September.
Schaffer said that both backed down after talking to County Executive Steve Bellone Friday. Bellone had reportedly been worried about Gaughran’s electability since the former Huntington Town board member and Suffolk lawmaker had not run in two decades. However, Schaffer said both men backed off when Bellone became convinced the “the most important thing is to unite behind one candidate.”
Republicans last week named John Jay LaValle, Suffolk Republican chairman as the GOP comptroller candidate.