Former Suffolk County executive and ex-Assemb. Patrick Halpin has confirmed that he’s mulling a move to replace on the ballot Nassau Legis. David Denenberg of Merrick, who withdrew under a cloud of scandal last week as the Democratic candidate in the 8th Senate District race against GOP Legis. Michael Venditto.
Halpin, 61, is a managing director at the consulting firm Mercury Public Affairs, and lives in the district. “I have been asked to seriously consider it,” he told Newsday, by Democrats he declined to identify. Halpin said he was doing so over the weekend “out of respect for the governor” who has declared support for electing a Democratic Senate majority.
A vacancy for the nomination depends at this late date on the success of a Democratic Party effort to maneuver Denenberg off the ballot for Senate.