Giovanni Mata, former chairman of Suffolk Executive Steve Levy's Hispanic Advisory Committee, filed his petitions by mail to run a Democratic primary against a Levy foe: Assemb. Philip Ramos (D-Central Islip).
Mata said he filed 590 signatures - only slightly more than the 500 valid petition signatures required to qualify. But he expressed confidence that the petitions will survive any challenge.
"We're ready for anything and ready to fight," Mata said.
Ramos declined to reveal if his campaign plans to challenge Mata's petitions. He would only say, "We'll see how the process plays out."
- Rick Brand