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Patrick Nicolosi, a civic activist in Elmont, has mounted a primary challenge to the Democratic Party nominee, Mimi Pierre Johnson, in the 21st Assembly District

Nicolosi heads the Elmont East End Civic Association; Johnson heads the Argo Civic Association.

The winner faces Republican nominee Edward Ra, a recent law school grad and son of Town Attorney Joseph Ra of Hempstead, to replace Assemb. Thomas Alfano, a Republican who is retiring after 15 years in office.

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“The two parties decided to pick two people who are not qualified to serve our community, and it shows a total disregard for our community, both the Democratic pick and the Republican pick,” Nicolosi said Monday as he continued gathering signatures to get on the ballot.


“The Democrats picked a woman who is not well-known in the community, and the Republicans picked a 26-year-old who will sit in the Democratic Assembly controlled by Sheldon Silver. He’ll be told to sit and shut up,” Nicolosi said.