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Suffolk Conservatives have returned to court because 179 voters who were ousted from party membership by court order for illegal raiding. People who allegedly didn’t subscribe to the Conservative party’s ideology are now trying to reaffiliate.

This comes after the Conservative Party spent nearly a year and hundreds of thousands of dollars to conduct hundreds of hearings to remove police union members and their families who’d joined the minor party after Conservative Sheriff Vincent DeMarco took over highway patrols from county police

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But the previous court order from State Supreme Court Justice Thomas Whelan did not specify how long the more than 1,421 voters ousted from the Conservative rolls would be barred from re-enrolling.

Steven Leventhal, the Conservatives’ attorney, said the party would seek their removal again, by arguing they are still not in sympathy with party principles and that not enough time has passed to require new hearings. A hearing is scheduled before State Supreme Court Justice Thomas Whalen Jan. 8.