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GOP contenders Trotta, McCaffrey, Piccirillo win in recount

Suffolk Legis. Robert Trotta (R-Fort Salonga) defeated Conservative

Suffolk Legis. Robert Trotta (R-Fort Salonga) defeated Conservative Rick Lanese in the 13th Legislative District Photo Credit: James Carbone

The recounts on three hotly contested Suffolk Legislature write-in Conservative Party primaries are complete — and three GOP contenders won, with Legis. Robert Trotta leading the pack.

Trotta, in the 13th Legislative District, defeated Conservative Rick Lanese, 262 to 88. Legis. Kevin McCaffrey, in the 14th district, defeated Conservative Tom Gargiulo in his own party's race, 186 to 146.

In the  8th district, Republican challenger Anthony Piccirillo beat Democratic Legis. William Lindsay III, who was given the Conservative nod for the nomination, 161 to 94. Piccirillo also defeated Lindsay, who was also the Independence Party designee, 65 to 39,  on that minor party’s ballot line.

Piccirillo, in a rematch with Lindsay, lost by only 244 votes two years ago when he had the Conservative line. This year, he also will have the Independence line, which Lindsay had two years ago, as well as the ballot line of the Libertarian Party, which gained ballot status only this year.

In Southampton Town, Alex Gregor beat incumbent Democratic Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman for the Independence ballot line, 90-82.

While the recounts on those contested races are complete, the Republican election commissioners have not yet officially certified the results. That will occur when recounts on the remaining contests are complete.

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