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Corbin fails to kick challenger off ballot

Embattled Nassau Legis. Roger Corbin will face a Democratic primary for his 2nd District seat after he failed to knock rival Robert Troiano, a North Hempstead Town board member, off the ballot.

Supreme Court Justice Tim Driscoll dismissed Corbin's challenge to Troiano's election petitions last week, saying it was not filed within the legal time period. Corbin had asked for a rehearing of his case after Supreme Court Justice Ute Lally earlier dismissed the challenge for the same reason.

Corbin (D-Westbury) is running for election at the same time he faces federal charges of tax evasion and lying to a federal agent. Corbin has pleaded innocent. His trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 19, two weeks before election day.

Corbin's son and campaign manager Josh Corbin said Friday he had not talked to the campaign's attorney and could not comment.

Troiano's campaign spokeswoman Denise Thompson welcomed the decision, saying "we can continue to solidify the support we're finding from residents throughout the district."

Another hopeful Democratic candidate for Corbin's seat, Pablo Sinclair, was knocked off the ballot by the elections board, which found that 726 of the 823 signatures he filed were invalid.

No challenges were filed against Corbin's petitions.

A primary for the Democratic nomination also will be held in the 13th District, where maverick Patricia Maher will be running against party-endorsed Stephanie Ovadia. Republican Legis. Norma Gonsalves of East Meadow is the incumbent.

In the 5th District, where incumbent Legis. Joseph Scannell (D-Baldwin) received the Conservative and Independence Party endorsements, maverick Conservatives supporting Republican challenger Christian Browne were successful in forcing a Conservative write-in primary on Sept. 15. Also petitions submitted by Independence Party member Mechielle Chapman were found valid, which puts her in a primary against Scannell for her party's nomination.

Nassau Democratic Elections Commissioner William Biamonte called Chapman "a shill candidate whose petitions were carried by Republicans." Chapman could not be reached. Browne said he doesn't know her and is not telling her what to do.

In the 3rd District, where incumbent Legis. John Ciotti (R-North Valley Stream) received the Independence Party endorsement, a write-in primary is expected for the Independence line, pushed by party members supporting Democratic nominee Nina Petraro Bastardi.

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