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Nassau rift: Rice, Kaminsky back opposing Long Beach slates

Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City) and Assemb. Todd Kaminsky (D- Long Beach) have split their endorsements in this week's divided primary for Long Beach City Council.

Both elected officials gave endorsements to separate slates of candidates before Thursday's vote.

The ballot is divided by Nassau County and Long Beach political infighting from Nassau County Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs and Long Beach chairman Mike Zapson.

Neither Rice nor Kaminsky addressed the party split in supporting candidates.

Rice gave her endorsement this week to Zapson's slate of candidates, incumbents Anthony Eramo, Len Torres and challenger Karen Adamo, who were first nominated at the county Democratic convention in May.

"Len Torres, Anthony Eramo and Karen Adamo are effective leaders, reformers and tireless advocates for the people of Long Beach," Rice's statement read. "They've worked hard to help this community recover from superstorm Sandy, and we'll continue working together to keep the recovery going and rebuild Long Beach better and stronger than ever."

Kaminsky's endorsement backed challengers Dave Yolinsky and Anissa Moore who Jacobs selected to run in the primary.

"I'm proud to endorse Dave Yolinsky and Anissa Moore for City Council. Long Beach continues to face challenges three years after superstorm Sandy, and Dave and Anissa are up to the task."

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