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1st S.D.: Fleming announces for LaValle seat
Bridget Fleming made it official Thursday: She’s running for state Senate against longtime incumbent Sen. Kenneth LaValle (R-Port Jefferson).
Fleming, a Noyack Democrat serving on the Southampton Town Board, said she’s running to change “Long Island’s economic turmoil and poisonous political atmosphere.”
“I’m running for office because our kids deserve better,” Fleming said in her campaign announcement. “Suffolk County is ready for fresh, new leadership in the New York State Senate. Suffolk County is ready for its first female senator.”
"Senator LaValle’s record of delivering for the First Senatorial District speaks for itself," countered Republican spokesman Scott Reif. "He has received overwhelming support from his constituents due to his effectiveness in meeting the needs of local residents and diverse groups throughout the district."
LaValle, who leads the Senate Higher Education Committee, has held office since 1976. He easily won re-election in 2010, defeating Democrat Jennifer Maertz by a nearly 2-1 ratio.
Maertz also is seeking the Democratic nomination, though Fleming is preferred by the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee.
The 1st Senate District covers eastern Suffolk County. It has about 79,000 Republicans, 70,000 Democrats, 60,000 nonaffiliated voters and 18,000 minor-party members.
Bridget Fleming in a photo taken July 15, 2011.