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Debate set for candidates in Nassau special election

The two candidates vying for the Nassau County legislative seat vacated earlier this month by Robert Troiano will square off in a debate on Feb. 6 hosted by the League of Women Voters.

Democrat Siela Bynoe, a top official at the Huntington Housing Authority, will challenge Republican Pepitz Blanchard of Westbury, a respiratory therapist for Nassau University Medical Center.

The debate will be held from 7-9 p.m. at the Ethical Humanist Society, at 38 Old Country Rd. in Garden City.

The special election for the 2nd Legislative District will be held Feb. 11.

The district -- which includes Hempstead, West Hempstead, Westbury, New Cassel, Lakeview, Hicksville, Rockville Centre and East Garden City -- has 24,395 registered Democrats, 6,031 registered Republicans and 5,976 unaffiliated voters, according to the Nassau Board of Elections.

Troiano defeated Blanchard in November but vacated the seat earlier this month after taking a position with the Town of North Hempstead.

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