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Corey Klein, Long Beach city corporation counsel, wins Democratic primary for city judge

Long Beach City Corporation Counsel Corey Klein won

Long Beach City Corporation Counsel Corey Klein won the Democratic primary Tuesday for City Court Judge. Credit: James Escher / James Escher

Long Beach City Corporation Counsel Corey Klein won the Democratic primary Tuesday for City Court judge.

Klein, 46, received 60 percent of more than 2,000 ballots cast in the race to replace retiring Judge Roy Tepper. The final tally showed Klein winning the election with 1,202 votes to 805 ballots cast for former City Council member and attorney Scott Nigro.

Klein will face former Assistant City Corporation Counsel Ted Hommel, a Republican, in the November general election. The two candidates are vying for a 10-year term, which pays $118,300 annually as a New York State employee.

Tepper was re-elected to a 10-year term last year when he defeated Hommel but was forced to vacate his seat when he turned 70.

Long Beach had the highest turnout in Nassau County with about 17 percent of registered Democrats casting ballots in the primary, according to the Nassau County Board of Elections.

There were 43 more votes cast for city judge in Long Beach than in the governor's race.

Klein, who is serving his 20th year as city corporation counsel, declined to talk about his chances against Hommel in the general election. He said the large primary turnout in Long Beach showed that residents care about the city.

"This is my hometown. I've been a public servant my entire career, and working for the city I love is a dream come true," Klein said.

Nigro and Hommel could not be reached for comment.

Hommell is a former deputy Nassau County attorney and served as assistant city corporation counsel until he was fired in May 2013, two days after he announced he would run against Tepper. He filed a $1 million civil rights lawsuit against the city, which was dismissed by a federal judge in April.

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