Democrat Arnold Drucker and Republican John Ferretti II. decisively won primaries Tuesday for their parties’ nominations for seats on the Nassau County Legislature, but bitterness from their races carried over into their victories.
Drucker, 60, of Plainview, who won a special election last November for the seat of the late Legis. Judy Jacobs, defeated former Oyster Bay Supervisor Lewis Yevoli, 78, of Old Bethpage, for the Democratic nomination to run in the heavily Democratic 16th District. According to unofficial returns, Drucker, the party’s choice, received 1,692 votes to Yevoli’s 942 votes.
Drucker said Wednesday, “My message was clear. I want to work for this community the way Judy Jacobs did. I was elected to carry on her legacy.”
Yevoli attributed his defeat to Drucker’s “lies and mudslinging” during the campaign along with low voter turnout.
Ferretti, of Levittown, a deputy county clerk and grandnephew of Nassau Republican Chairman Joseph Mondello, in a GOP primary beat NYPD detective James Coll, of Seaford, who returned from Houston Saturday after helping Hurricane Harvey victims as a police search-and-rescue team member.
Ferretti, the party’s designee, received 626 votes in the 15th District, a traditional Republican seat, compared with 273 for Coll. Coll had won a court appeal to appear on the primary ballot some 15 hours before polls opened.
Coll called Nassau police and district attorney Tuesday after he said he found “sample ballots” on his polling place’s registration tables, directing voters to cast their ballots for Ferretti. Coll took photographs of the sample ballots that show an arrow pointing to Ferretti’s name and instructions to fill in the oval next to his name.
Coll posted the photos on his Facebook page and named the Ferretti campaign worker he said was responsible. Police and the district attorney reported no arrests Tuesday night. A DA spokesman said the office was investigating.
“We intend a file a civil suit against those who we find responsible for this,” Coll said Wednesday.
Ferretti, who said he had nothing to do with the doctored sample ballots at the polling place, also said he is “looking into my legal remedies” after accusing a Coll campaign worker of illegal electioneering. Ferretti declined to describe the alleged activities “at this time.” Ferretti also won a Reform Party primary Tuesday.