Nassau Democrats on Wednesday night nominated Long Beach City Councilman Anthony Eramo for the State Assembly seat vacated by Democrat Todd Kaminsky and former North Hempstead Town councilman Anthony D’Urso to succeed Assemb. Michelle Schimel, who is not running for re-election.
Eramo and D’Urso were part of a slate of State Senate and Assembly candidates that the Nassau Democratic Committee nominated at a convention in Garden City.
County Democratic Party chairman Jay Jacobs said Eramo, a Verizon field technician, deferred a run for the 20th Assembly seat in 2014 and now “it’s his turn. He will make an excellent assemblyman and will represent the area well.”
Eramo, a second-term city councilman, said he will “fight hard for families and the people of Long Beach.”
Eramo faces a Democratic primary against former Nassau County Legis. Jeff Toback. Long Beach firefighter Sam Pinto also is considering a run for the nomination.
Kaminsky won an April 19 special election to succeed former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. Kaminsky, of Long Beach, was nominated Wednesday for a full Senate term.
D’Urso, a town councilman from 1991 to 2005, said he will focus on taxes, the environment and cleaning up Albany.
“Public service is in my blood,” he said.
Schimel (D-Port Washington) is stepping down after serving five terms in the 16th Assembly District.
Andrew DeMartin, North Hempstead’s public safety commissioner, is mulling a Democratic primary against D’Urso.
Democrats also nominated Assemb. Earlene Hooper (D-Hempstead) for re-election in the 18th District.
Hooper, the Assembly deputy speaker, faces a primary from Freeport Village Trustee Carmen Pineyro and Anthony Miller, vice president of the Freeport Union Free School District.
Democrats will run Suffolk County Water Authority chairman James Gaughran in the 5th Senate District.
John Brooks, a former chief of the Seaford Fire Department, got the Democrats’ nomination in the 8th Senate District.
Adam Haber was nominated for the 7th Senate District seat being vacated by GOP State Sen. Jack Martins, who is running for Congress.
The party picked attorney Ryan Cronin to run in the 6th Senate District.
Jacobs said Democratic candidates will run on a platform of putting “Long Island first” for school aid and state funding.
The slogan reflects an effort to separate Nassau candidates from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Republican candidates have repeatedly attempted to link Island Democratic candidates to de Blasio and his agenda.
NASSAU COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES:
5th Senate District: James Gaughran
6th Senate District: Ryan Cronin
7th Senate District: Adam Haber
8th Senate District: John Brooks
9th Senate District: Sen. Todd Kaminsky
9th Assembly District: Edward Buturla
13th Assembly District: Charles Lavine
14th Assembly District: Michael Reid
15th Assembly District: Dean Hart
16th Assembly District: Anthony D’Urso
17th Assembly District: Matt Malin
18th Assembly District: Earlene Hooper
19th Assembly District: Gary Port
20th Assembly District: Anthony Eramo
21st Assembly District: Gregory Beck
22nd Assembly District: Michaelle Solages
Hempstead Town Council, 4th District: Douglas Mayer
District Court, 2nd District:
Source: Nassau County Democratic Committee