Nassau County Democrats on Tuesday endorsed county Legis. Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick) at their nominating convention for the State Senate seat vacated last year by Republican Charles Fuschillo Jr.
“I am honored to receive the Democratic nomination and pleased to be working with Carmen,” Denenberg said. “This race is about protecting Long Island taxpayers for generations to come.”
Freeport Village trustee Carmen Piñeyro, who waged a primary run, dropped out and endorsed Denenberg at the party’s convention in Garden City.
“The Democratic Party is united in one voice,” she said. “Together we will make sure that the South Shore gets the resources to come back strong.”
Democratic Party chairman Jay Jacobs said Denenberg, who did not attend the convention, had the best chance to beat the Republican candidate, Legis. Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa), in the November election.
“Dave Denenberg has the strongest base, is well known and is a proven commodity with Republican and Independent voters,” Jacobs said.
Party officials also endorsed former federal prosecutor Todd Kaminsky to replace retiring Assemb. Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach) in the 20th District. Kaminsky cited his record as a prosecutor and his charity work after superstorm Sandy.
“We need someone who can get results because there is so much that needs to be done,” he said.
Kaminsky will face a crowded Democratic primary. Lido Beach attorney Robert Solomon, who ran unsuccessfully in Nassau's 4th Legislative District in 2005 against incumbent Denise Ford (D-Long Beach), who caucuses with Republicans, announced his candidacy Tuesday.
“I can be a strong voice for all things Sandy-related,” said Solomon, whose home was destroyed in the storm. “We need help from Albany to redevelop this fragile piece of ground.”
Solomon supporters, including Long Beach Democratic Committee chairman Mike Zapson, forced a vote by 20th District committee members at the convention. But Solomon lost by a nearly 3-1 margin to Kaminsky.
Long Beach City Councilman Anthony Eramo declared his candidacy last week but did not compete in the contested convention nomination.