Former Republican State Sen. Charles Fuschillo, who vacated the seat late last year, has officially endorsed Nassau Legis. Michael Venditto to replace him in the 8th Senate District.
Venditto, the Republican nominee, takes on fellow Nassau Legis. Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick) in November.
“Michael Venditto is an excellent candidate who is focused on the right priorities — cutting taxes, creating jobs, and controlling spending — which have helped turn New York State around,” Fuschillo said in a statement.
Venditto (R-Massapequa) was first elected to the legislature in 2012. “I greatly appreciate former Senator Fuschillo’s support in this election,” he said. “He advocated strongly for Long Island in the Senate and I will do the same when I get to Albany.”
Fuschillo, who had served in the Senate since 1998, resigned the seat on Dec. 31 to become chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.
Fuschillo said in his statement that it was critical for Republicans to maintain control of the Senate. Control of the chamber is now split between Republicans and members of the Independent Democratic Conference.
Denenberg, meanwhile, touted a trifecta of new endorsements from labor groups, including the AFL-CIO, the New York State United Teachers and the New York State Public Employees Federation.
“The 8th Senate District is a very hardworking middle class district that needs property tax relief and a fighter for the future,” Denenberg said. “I will be that fighter.”