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End of the line for Emeagwali

A court has ruled against Patrick Emeagwali, knocking him off the Democratic primary ballot for a newly created state Assembly seat in western Nassau County.

In doing so, the State Supreme Court upheld an earlier determination by the Nassau County Board of Elections that Emeagwali had gathered an insufficient number of petition signatures to run in the Sept. 13 primary.

His lawyer said Friday that Emeagwali won’t appeal, ending his candidacy.

Emeagwali, an Elmont school board member, was hoping to join three others in the contest: Patricia Maher, Michaelle Solages and Milagros Vicente. Solages is the Democratic Party’s official designee. The winner will face Sean Wright, who has the Republican line.

The new district, created earlier this year during the decennial redistricting process, covers Bellerose, Elmont, Valley Stream and North Woodmere, among other areas.

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