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Huntington Republicans propose 'Stop LIPA' ballot line

The plan is among several petition drives for independent ballot lines in Suffolk County.

The Northport power plant.

The Northport power plant. Photo Credit: Newsday/Rob Kandel

Huntington Republican have filed petitions for state and town candidates to get an independent ballot line called “Stop LIPA” to capitalize on the town’s fight against the utility over property tax assessment issues at the Northport power plant.

Town Republicans say they filed about 2,000 signatures townwide to provide the added ballot line to Assemb. Andrew Raia in the 12th District, GOP challenger Jeremy Williams in the 10th District, GOP tax receiver candidate Janet Smitelli and GOP town board contender James Leonick.

Election officials say 1,500 signatures are required to qualify for the ballot.

Meanwhile, Southampton Supervisor Jay Schneiderman filed petitions to qualify for his own independent ballot line, “Protect the Taxpayers,” in his bid for Suffolk County comptroller. Deputy County Executive Jon Kaiman, who helped Schneiderman’s petition drive, said they collected more than 2,500 signatures, beyond the 1,500 minimum needed.

County Executive Steve Bellone is backing Schneiderman against Republican Comptroller John Kennedy, a potential rival for county executive next year if Bellone wins re-election.

East Hampton Town Board member David Lys, who was appointed by the Democratic-controlled board, also has filed petitions for a separate ballot line labeled “Unity Party.”

Lys, who had been a Republican, has switched his registration to Democrat, but the change does not take effect until after Election Day. Lys filed 382 signatures, with 320 signatures to qualify.

Opponents have three days after petitions are filed to submit general objections and six more days for specific objections.

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