Suffolk Democrats reveal candidates for Assembly challenges

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Suffolk Democrats will name Deborah Pfeiffer — part of a prominent Islip Democratic family -- to run against freshman Assemb. Andrew Garbarino this November in the 7th District.

Pfeiffer, a Bayport resident, is a former local school board member and in 1992 narrowly lost by 41 votes a special election for the county legislature to Republican Angie Carpenter, now county treasurer, when she first ran for office.

Pfeiffer is wife of Suffolk’s legislative Counsel George Nolan and sister-in-law of Philip Nolan, president of Suffolk Off-Track Betting Corp. Until recently, Pfeiffer worked as OTB’s spokeswoman, a job she held before her brother-in-law headed the agency. She moved to the Suffolk County Water Authority last month where she makes $75,000 a year as record retention officer .

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Democrats are nominating all their incumbent state lawsmakers except for Assemb. Robert Sweeney of Lindenhurst, who is retiring, but the party has not yet named a new candidate to replace him.

The party has named the following new candidates:

2nd A.D — Thomas Schillaro of Manorville

5th A.D. -- Deborah Slinkowsky of Holbrook

8th A.D. — Jason Zove of Commack

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9th A.D. -- Edward Buturla of West Babylon

12th A.D.- Jeffrey Naness of Dix Hills

Party officials have not scheduled a county convention because the county is hosting the state Democratic convention this week and because the first day to circulate petitions is May 29, which is about a week earlier than usual.

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