Nassau Republicans have selected Louis Imbroto, an attorney for Nassau University Medical Center, to run in next month’s special election to fill the seat of the late county Legis. Judith Jacobs.
The county GOP committee on Thursday nominated Imbroto, a Plainview resident who previously ran unsuccessfully against Jacobs (D-Woodbury) and Assemb. Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove).
The special election will be held along with the Nov. 8 general election.
Jacobs, who had represented the legislature’s 16th District since its creation in 1996, died Sept. 13 at age 77.
County Democrats last week chose Nassau Community College trustee Arnold Drucker, also of Plainview, to run in the special election.
The winner will serve the remainder of Jacobs’ term, through 2017. With the vacancy, Republicans now hold a 12-6 legislative majority.
Imbroto, 32, has worked in the legal department of NUMC, where Republicans control top appointed positions, since June. He previously was an assistant town attorney for the GOP-led Town of Oyster Bay.
“I’m honored to have been nominated and I look forward to representing the district and taking on the mantle Judy Jacobs carried, and hopefully continuing her legacy,” Imbroto said in an interview.
Nassau Republican chairman Joseph Mondello called Imbroto “a fine young attorney,” and said, “notwithstanding that this is a difficult district for a Republican,” Imbroto would “campaign aggressively during the 39 days remaining until Election Day.”
Imbroto lost bids to unseat Lavine by 20 percentage points in 2014 and 27 points in 2012. He lost to Jacobs in 2013 by a similar margin.
Drucker, who has served on NCC’s board since 2013, and was a co-chairman of the school’s presidential search committee, is making his first run for elected office.
The 16th District has 23,017 registered Democrats, 14,445 Republicans and 13,327 voters unaffiliated with a major party.