In Suffolk's 1st Congressional District, Democrats John Avlon and Nancy...

In Suffolk's 1st Congressional District, Democrats John Avlon and Nancy Goroff filed petitions to run on their party's line against first-term Rep. Nick LaLota (R-Amityville). Credit: Newsday

Long Island's four congressional districts each could hold a June 25 primary contest as candidates have petitioned to get on their respective Republican and Democratic ballots.

In Suffolk's 1st Congressional District, Democrats John Avlon and Nancy Goroff filed petitions to run on their party's line against first-term Rep. Nick LaLota (R-Amityville).

Suffolk County Democratic chairman Rich Schaffer said the party has not endorsed in the race.

In the 2nd Congressional District, Shannon Stephens, of Bayport, is seeking to challenge second-term Republican Rep. Andrew Garbarino, also of Bayport, for the Republican nomination. 

Suffolk GOP chairman Jesse Garcia said the signatures Stephens submitted will receive scrutiny and could potentially be challenged.

“We're very proud that he is our congressman,” Garcia said of Garbarino. “He has been effective, and he delivers.”

The winner will face likely Democratic candidate Rob Lubin, a businessman who said he has a residence in Amityville, in November.

Five Republican candidates in the 3rd Congressional District are vying for the opportunity to challenge Democratic Rep. Tom Suozzi, of Glen Cove.

Nassau GOP chairman Joseph Cairo and the committee is backing former state Assemb. Michael LiPetri.

LiPetri, 33, of Farmingdale, represented the 9th Assembly District from 2019 to 2021. He ran unsuccessfully in a primary against Garbarino in the 2nd Congressional District in 2020.

Cairo in a statement said LiPetri “has the experience and priorities to win in November.”

And in the 4th Congressional District, Gian Jones, a real estate professional from Woodmere, has petitioned to run a Democratic primary race against the party-endorsed candidate, Laura Gillen, the former Hempstead Town supervisor. 

Gillen is seeking a rematch against Rep. Anthony D’Esposito (R-Island Park). She lost to D’Esposito in 2022 by 3 percentage points.

State Sen. Kevin Thomas (D-Levittown), former Nassau County Legis. David Denenberg, of Merrick, former U.S. Olympic gold medal figure skater Sarah Hughes and Patricia Maher, of Baldwin, who had previously announced they would run in a Democratic primary in the 4th District, have since dropped out.

“Laura Gillen is our candidate and everyone has coalesced behind her,” said Jay Jacobs, chairman of the New York State and Nassau County Democratic committees. “We are taking a close look at her opponent's petitions to see if he's got the requisite number of legitimate signatures.”

Primary elections allow those enrolled in political parties to vote for the candidates they want to run on their party's ballot line in the Nov. 5 general election.

Ousted Rep. George Santos, who as a Republican served in the 3rd District representing parts of northern Nassau and Queens, has indicated he plans to run in the 1st District as an independent candidate against LaLota. Under state law Santos has until May 28 to file a petition with at least 3,500 signatures from district voters.

To get on the primary ballot, candidates needed to collect a total of 1,250 signatures from their party's enrolled voters, and file them with the elections board by April 4. Petitioning started on Feb. 29. 

There could be five contested primary races in Suffolk and six in Nassau barring any legal challenges disqualifying the signatures on the filed petitions.

Here's a list of who submitted in Suffolk: 

CD1, Democratic primary: John Avlon and Nancy Goroff, CD2, Republican primary: Andrew Garbarino and Shannon Stephens, AD 4, Democratic primary: Skyler Johnson and Rebecca Kassay, , [object Object], .

Here's a list of who submitted in Nassau: 

CD3, Republican primary: Michael J, LiPetri, Bill Cotter, Michael Mandel, Gregory S, Hach and Jim Toes, CD4, Democratic primary: Laura Gillen and Gian Jones, AD 18, Democratic primary: Lisa Ortiz and Noah Burroughs , AD 21, Democratic primary: Judy A, Griffin and Patricia Maher, SD 6, Democratic primary: Siela A, Bynoe, Taylor R, Darling and Carmen J, Pineyro, SD 7, Democratic primary: Brad Schwartz and Kimberly G, Keiserman.

Long Island's four congressional districts each could hold a June 25 primary contest as candidates have petitioned to get on their respective Republican and Democratic ballots.

In Suffolk's 1st Congressional District, Democrats John Avlon and Nancy Goroff filed petitions to run on their party's line against first-term Rep. Nick LaLota (R-Amityville).

Suffolk County Democratic chairman Rich Schaffer said the party has not endorsed in the race.

In the 2nd Congressional District, Shannon Stephens, of Bayport, is seeking to challenge second-term Republican Rep. Andrew Garbarino, also of Bayport, for the Republican nomination. 

Suffolk GOP chairman Jesse Garcia said the signatures Stephens submitted will receive scrutiny and could potentially be challenged.

“We're very proud that he is our congressman,” Garcia said of Garbarino. “He has been effective, and he delivers.”

The winner will face likely Democratic candidate Rob Lubin, a businessman who said he has a residence in Amityville, in November.

Five Republican candidates in the 3rd Congressional District are vying for the opportunity to challenge Democratic Rep. Tom Suozzi, of Glen Cove.

Nassau GOP chairman Joseph Cairo and the committee is backing former state Assemb. Michael LiPetri.

LiPetri, 33, of Farmingdale, represented the 9th Assembly District from 2019 to 2021. He ran unsuccessfully in a primary against Garbarino in the 2nd Congressional District in 2020.

Cairo in a statement said LiPetri “has the experience and priorities to win in November.”

And in the 4th Congressional District, Gian Jones, a real estate professional from Woodmere, has petitioned to run a Democratic primary race against the party-endorsed candidate, Laura Gillen, the former Hempstead Town supervisor. 

Gillen is seeking a rematch against Rep. Anthony D’Esposito (R-Island Park). She lost to D’Esposito in 2022 by 3 percentage points.

State Sen. Kevin Thomas (D-Levittown), former Nassau County Legis. David Denenberg, of Merrick, former U.S. Olympic gold medal figure skater Sarah Hughes and Patricia Maher, of Baldwin, who had previously announced they would run in a Democratic primary in the 4th District, have since dropped out.

“Laura Gillen is our candidate and everyone has coalesced behind her,” said Jay Jacobs, chairman of the New York State and Nassau County Democratic committees. “We are taking a close look at her opponent's petitions to see if he's got the requisite number of legitimate signatures.”

Primary elections allow those enrolled in political parties to vote for the candidates they want to run on their party's ballot line in the Nov. 5 general election.

Ousted Rep. George Santos, who as a Republican served in the 3rd District representing parts of northern Nassau and Queens, has indicated he plans to run in the 1st District as an independent candidate against LaLota. Under state law Santos has until May 28 to file a petition with at least 3,500 signatures from district voters.

To get on the primary ballot, candidates needed to collect a total of 1,250 signatures from their party's enrolled voters, and file them with the elections board by April 4. Petitioning started on Feb. 29. 

There could be five contested primary races in Suffolk and six in Nassau barring any legal challenges disqualifying the signatures on the filed petitions.

Here's a list of who submitted in Suffolk: 

  • CD1, Democratic primary: John Avlon and Nancy Goroff
  • CD2, Republican primary: Andrew Garbarino and Shannon Stephens
  • AD 4, Democratic primary: Skyler Johnson and Rebecca Kassay
  • Shelter Island Town Council, Democratic primary: Arnott G. Gooding and Robert Waife

Here's a list of who submitted in Nassau: 

  • CD3, Republican primary: Michael J. LiPetri, Bill Cotter, Michael Mandel, Gregory S. Hach and Jim Toes
  • CD4, Democratic primary: Laura Gillen and Gian Jones
  • AD 18, Democratic primary: Lisa Ortiz and Noah Burroughs 
  • AD 21, Democratic primary: Judy A. Griffin and Patricia Maher
  • SD 6, Democratic primary: Siela A. Bynoe, Taylor R. Darling and Carmen J. Pineyro
  • SD 7, Democratic primary: Brad Schwartz and Kimberly G. Keiserman
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