Nassau Republicans on Thursday nominated former state Sen. Jack Martins as their county executive candidate, cementing their split from incumbent Edward Mangano, the party’s longtime standard-bearer now facing corruption charges.
At the county convention at Levittown’s Wisdom Lane School, the party committee chose Martins to lead its ticket this fall without any noticeable dissent from the floor.
In his acceptance speech, Martins, 49, of Old Westbury, never mentioned Mangano but alluded to a need to refocus voters concerned about corruption cases on what he called core Republican values of smart fiscal management and prioritizing public safety.
“Let’s be proud to be Republicans,” said Martins, who also served as Mineola mayor and last year lost a race for a seat in the U.S. House. “Let’s go out there and tell people what it is to be a Republican.”
Martins announced his candidacy for county executive in April.
Mangano, who was first elected in 2009, has yet to confirm he won’t run in a primary this fall for a third term. He was not present at the convention. Instead, he attended a scheduled fundraiser supporting a program that houses the pets of domestic violence victims.
Mangano is charged with receiving bribes and kickbacks from a restaurateur, Harendra Singh, in exchange for favors including a county contract. He has pleaded not guilty.
A spokesman for Mangano did not respond Thursday to requests for comment about his intentions, but Nassau GOP chairman Joseph Mondello said after the convention that he wouldn’t pressure the county executive to step aside or not run.
“I think Ed should do what he wants to do,” Mondello said, noting that Mangano has not been convicted.
Martins said after the convention that he was not worried about a “wave election,” where candidates untouched by scandal would be unable to counter a public sentiment that the county’s entire power structure needs to shift.
“I’m so confident in the electorate of Nassau County,” he said, while noting that his first priority would be “restoring trust in government.”
The Nassau GOP made several other notable changes official Thursday, including tapping Assemb. Thomas McKevitt (R-East Meadow) to succeed retiring 13th District Legis. Norma Gonsalves, the county Legislature’s presiding officer; and choosing John Ferretti Jr., a deputy county clerk, to succeed 15th District Legis. Dennis Dunne.
Dunne is running instead for Hempstead Town Board.
Joining Martins on the countywide ticket are comptroller candidate Steve Labriola, a former assemblyman and Oyster Bay Town clerk who now works for Mangano, and incumbent county clerk Maureen O’Connell.
Democrats will formally nominate their candidates later this month and are expected to back Legis. Laura Curran of Baldwin for county executive over her primary opponents, Assemb. Charles Lavine of Glen Cove and George Maragos, the county comptroller who switched parties last year.
Nassau Republican candidates
County Executive: Jack Martins
County Comptroller: Steve Labriola
County Clerk: Maureen O’Connell
1st District: Charlene Thompson
2nd District: James Lamarre
3rd District: Candidate to be determined
4th District: Denise Ford
5th District: Kathleen Spatz
6th District: William Gaylor
7th District: Howard Kopel
8th District: Vincent Muscarella
9th District: Richard Nicolello
10th District: David Adhami
11th District: Zefy Christopoulos
12th District: James Kennedy
13th District: Thomas McKevitt
14th District: Laura Schaefer
15th District: John Ferretti Jr.
16th District: Angel Cepeda
17th District: Rose Walker
18th District: Donald MacKenzie
19th District: Steven Rhoads
TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD
Supervisor: Anthony Santino
1st District: Alfred Cittadino
4th District: Anthony D’Esposito
6th District: Dennis Dunne
Town Clerk: Nasrin Ahmad
TOWN OF OYSTER BAY
Supervisor: Joseph Saladino
Town Council: Michele Johnson, Louis Imbroto, Thomas Hand
Town Clerk: James Altadonna Jr.
TOWN OF NORTH HEMPSTEAD
Supervisor: Stephen Nasta
1st District: Ursula Babino
3rd District: Angelo Ferrara
5th District: Richard DeMartino
Town Clerk: David Redmond
CITY OF GLEN COVE
Mayor: Reginald Spinello
Council members: Pamela Panzenbeck, Joseph Capobianco, Nicholas DiLeo Jr., Matthew Connolly, Michael Zangari, Kevin Maccarone
CITY OF LONG BEACH
Council members: Leah Rosensweig Tozer, Christopher Jones, William Haas
County Court: Jerald Carter, Christopher Quinn
Family Court: Candidate to be determined
1st District Court: Candidate to be determined
2nd District Court: Gary Knobel, Anthony Paradiso, and one candidate to be determined