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4th C.D.: Two former county lawmakers will back Rice

The endorsement battle between Democratic House hopefuls Kathleen Rice and Kevan Abrahams continued yesterday, with Rice touting support from two of Abrahams’ former colleagues.

Rice, the Nassau district attorney, announced that her 4th Congressional District bid has gotten the backing of Glen Cove Democrat Diane Yatauro, a former presiding officer of the County Legislature, and former Legis. Jeff Toback, an Oceanside Democrat.

This comes after Abrahams, the current legislative minority leader, had announced endorsements in March from two of his current colleagues: Democratic legislators Judy Jacobs and Carrié Solages.

Yatauro, who also preceded Abrahams as minority leader, and left office in 2011, said in a statement that “I know all of the candidates well, and am confident that no one has worked harder to improve the safety of Nassau communities than Kathleen and that no one will fight harder than Kathleen for our families in congress.”

Toback, who served through 2009, said “my experience working with Kathleen showed me what kind of innovative, thoughtful leader she is on some of our communities' most challenging problems. Kathleen's experience and independent style are exactly what we need in Washington.”

Rice, who has a heavy advantage in fundraising over Abrahams, has also garnered the highest-profile endorsements: retiring 4th District Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and the largest labor unions in the region.

But she and Abrahams have battled for local backing.

After Rice last month announced the endorsement of Hempstead Village Mayor Wayne Hall, Abrahams this week countered with endorsements from three Hempstead Village trustees.

The primary is June 24.

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