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Glen Cove City Council candidate kicked off GOP primary ballot

One Glen Cove City Council candidate has been tossed from the Sept. 10 primary election ballot and another is still on after challenges to their petitions.

David Zatlin, chairman of the Glen Cove Republican Committee, successfully challenged the candidacy of John Perrone, who sought to appear on the GOP primary ballot on a slate headed by Republican Councilman Anthony Gallo, who is running for mayor.

Perrone, a registered Democrat, did not receive permission from the Republican Party to appear on the GOP primary ballot -- as state law requires. Perrone said he filed in May to switch to the Republican Party, but the change will not take effect until after the general election.

The Nassau County Republican executive committee endorsed a rival slate headed by Mayor Reginald Spinello of the Independence Party.

Perrone, a city planning board member, said the GOP is denying residents a choice and is being inconsistent because one council candidate on its slate, Tab Hauser, is an Independence Party member, and another, Danielle Willis, is unaffiliated.

"Give the voters a shot," said Perrone, who plans to run as a write-in GOP candidate.

Zatlin said the non-Republicans on the GOP slate "share the values of the Nassau County and Glen Cove Republican committees."

The Nassau County Board of Elections removed Perrone, but it left Michael Zangari on the Democratic ballot. Jeffrey Izzo, whom Gallo campaign manager Ken Brolin identified as a Gallo campaign volunteer, had challenged Zangari's petitions.

Izzo said Zangari is ineligible to run because most of his residential property is in unincorporated Glen Head. But the elections board said Zangari has always voted in Glen Cove and could run.

Izzo then turned to the Nassau County Supreme Court, which on July 28 dismissed the case because of a legal technicality: a document was not signed in time to be served to Zangari and the elections board before the legal deadline.

Don Derham, a conservative activist and adviser to Izzo, said a future legal challenge to Zangari is possible. "Just because he has a sliver of land [in Glen Cove] that he pays taxes on doesn't make him a Glen Cove resident," Derham said.

Keith Corbett, an attorney for Zangari and the Nassau County Democratic Party, described the challenge as "ridiculous . . . Mr. Zangari is a duly registered resident of the city of Glen Cove," he said.


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