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4th C.D.: Freeport mayor backs Abrahams in Democratic primary

Freeport Mayor Robert Kennedy announced Wednesday that he’s backing Nassau County Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams over District Attorney Kathleen Rice in the upcoming 4th Congressional District Democratic primary.

Kennedy said in a statement released by Abrahams’ campaign that “Kevan’s dedication, honesty and experience is sorely needed in Washington, and I cannot think of anyone better for the position.”

Abrahams, of Freeport, and Rice, of Garden City, are vying to succeed retiring Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola).

With Rice grabbing the highest-profile national endorsements, including McCarthy, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Abrahams has pursued as many local endorsements as he can.

Rice, however, has garnered some of those as well, including Hempstead Village Mayor Wayne Hall. Abrahams countered that endorsement by announcing backing from multiple Hempstead village trustees.

The two candidates have also battled for endorsements among current and former county legislators.

The primary is June 24.

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