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Mangano, other GOP candidates lead in Nassau recount

Ed Mangano has a 553-vote lead after Wednesday.

Ed Mangano has a 553-vote lead after Wednesday. (Nov. 5, 2009) Credit: Howard Schnapp

The Nassau County ballot count resumed Thursday morning with the Republican candidate for county executive, Edward Mangano, holding onto a 553-vote lead over two-term Democratic incumbent Thomas Suozzi.

Incumbent county comptroller Howard Weitzman, also a two-term Democrat, was trailing Republican challenger George Maragos by 946 votes.

The final Board of Elections update Wednesday night showed Suozzi with 119,504 votes to 120,057 for Mangano. Conservative county executive candidate Steve Hansen had 9,592.

Weitzman had 116,057, and Maragos 117,003 in the comptroller' race.

There was no counting Wednesday that affected the 14th District of the Nassau County Legislature, where Democratic incumbent David Mejias trailed Republican challenger Joseph Belesi by 164 votes.

Justice Edward McCarty, who is supervising the election results, was scheduled to meet with lawyers Friday morning in state Supreme Court in Mineola to discuss their progress.

All the noncontested paper ballots were counted in the race for three at-large seats on the five-member Long Beach City Council, but it was still too close to call with an estimated 150 contested paper ballots awaiting a ruling from the judge.

>>PHOTOS: Click here for the latest scenes of the counting

>> VOTE: Who do you think will become Nassau County executive?

>> MORE PHOTOS: Tom Suozzi | Ed Mangano

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