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Joshua Lafazan gets Independence line for Nassau legislature

Nassau County Legislative candidate Joshua Lafazan kicks off

Nassau County Legislative candidate Joshua Lafazan kicks off his campaign for Nassau County Legislature on Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Oyster Bay. Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Joshua Lafazan, the 23-year-old Syosset school board member running as a Democrat for Nassau County Legislature, has gotten the endorsement of the county Independence Party, a break from the minor party’s typical pattern of backing incumbents.

Nassau Independence Cchairman Rick Bellando wrote in a recent letter that Lafazan was one of this fall’s candidates who “embody the values that reflect the independent spirit.”

Lafazan is challenging Republican Legis. Donald Mackenzie in the 18th district, which covers much of northern Oyster Bay Town, from Bayville to Woodbury.

Mackenzie had the Independence line in 2013, when he won an open seat, and 2015, when he was re-elected narrowly.

“It means a great deal, both to me and my supporters,” said Lafazan, who was elected to the school board at age 18. “The Independence Party has a pretty good track record of picking winners in the general election.”

A spokesman for GOP legislators did not return requests for comment. Republicans have a 11-7 majority in the legislature, with one vacancy.

Paul LaRocco

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