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3 Dems vie in new Assembly district primary

Milagros Vicente, of Elmont, speaks out against the

Milagros Vicente, of Elmont, speaks out against the proposed closure of police precincts to the Nassau County Legislature at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola. (March 5, 2012) Credit: Howard Schnapp

ALBANY -- The Democratic primary for a newly created state Assembly district in western Nassau County will be a three-way race, officials said Monday after two other hopefuls were disqualified because of ballot-petition errors.

Nassau County Elections Commissioner William T. Biamonte said the three candidates on the Sept. 13 ballot will be:

Michaelle Solages, a paralegal, librarian assistant at Hofstra University and the official party designee. She is the sister of Carrié Solages, a county legislator.

Milagros Vicente, who has been active in protests to save the Fifth Police Precinct in Nassau County.

Patricia Maher, president of the Merrick Avenue Civic Association and a former county legislature candidate.

Biamonte said candidates Patrick Emeagwali, a college professor and Elmont school board member, and Cristobal Stewart, a Valley Stream school board member, had turned in more than the 500 petition signatures needed to qualify for the ballot. But after legal challenges forced a review, each was left with fewer than 400 valid signatures, knocking them out of the contest.

Earlier this month, the elections board disqualified Monique Hardial-Swaby because of petition errors.

The primary winner will face Sean Wright, a North Valley Stream resident and Hempstead Town attorney who has the Republican line.

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