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2 judicial races still too close to call

Light turnout for primary voting at Dutch Broadway

Light turnout for primary voting at Dutch Broadway Elementary School in Elmont, New York. (Sept. 14, 2012) Credit: Howard Schnapp

Two Independence Party primary races for Nassau County judgeships remained too close to call Friday and await a tally of absentee ballots, a Board of Election official said.

Democratic Elections Commissioner William Biamonte identified the races as those for County Court and 4th District Court in the Town of Oyster Bay. Party primaries for judgeships and state legislative races were held Thursday in Nassau and Suffolk.

The counting of absentee ballots, which are due Sept. 20, could begin the next day, but is more likely to begin Sept. 24, Biamonte said.

In the County Court race, David Sullivan and Francis Ricigliano got 24.6 and 21.2 percent of the vote, respectively, while four other candidates had shares ranging from 15.2 to 11.8 percent each. Voters were asked to cast ballots for three candidates.

In the 4th District, also for three posts, William O'Brien and Colin O'Donnell had 29.2 and 27 percent, respectively. Douglas Lerose got 19.77 percent and Kimberly Snow, 13.75 percent, while Marc Laykind and Arshad Majid got 6 percent and 3.64 percent, respectively.

Biamonte said 324 absentee ballots had been received in the County Court race and estimated there are about 100 in the District Court contest, though he did not have an exact number.

This story has been changed to correct the due date and time frame for counting absentee ballots.

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