Local voters returned Republican incumbents to their seats in Congress, the Senate and the Assembly on Tuesday. (Editor's Note: Please note that these are not final numbers, as absentee ballots had not yet been tallied at press time).
In the 10th Assembly District, which, after the recent redistricting now includes the Village of Farmingdale, a portion of South Farmingdale and parts of Bethpage, in addition to areas in Suffolk County; voters returned Republican incumbent James Conte. Conte, a newcomer to Nassau County, has served in the Assembly for over 14 years, having first been elected in March of 1988. As of Tuesday, the assemblyman had approximately 64 percent of the vote, prevailing over his Democratic challenger, Huntington resident Hubert Johnson, who ran for office once before in 2000, who received approximately 33 percent. Right to Life candidate Mary Patricia O'Hara received approximately three percent.
Conte, who has represented the residents in East Farmingdale during his time in office, said prior to the elections that he is excited to have gained areas in Nassau County.
In the 12th Assembly District, Republican incumbent Steven Labriola was also returned to his seat in the Assembly. Labriola, who also ran on the Independence and Conservative party lines, received approximately 76 percent of the vote, defeating Democratic challenger Stanley Bergman, who received approximately 24 percent. Liberal candidate Sol Hamill received less than one percent.
Prior to the recent redistricting, Labriola's coverage area included the Village of Farmingdale, which now is in the 10th district. Labriola continues to represent the majority of South Farmingdale, as well as the Massapequas, Plainedge and parts of Levittown, Island Trees, North Wantagh and Seaford. This election win marks Labriola's fourth term in office.
In the state Senate, Republican incumbent Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. prevailed over his Democratic challenger Kenneth Dash in the 8th District. Fuschillo, who was first elected in March of 1998, will now enter his third term in office.
The senator received approximately 69 percent of the vote, defeating Dash, who received approximately 31 percent.
After the recent redistricting, the 8th Senatorial District encompasses several communities (or parts of) between Baldwin and Lindenhurst, including Merrick, Bellmore, Freeport, Wantagh, Seaford, Massapequa and Farmingdale.
In the 6th Senatorial District, Republican incumbent Kemp Hannon defeated Democratic candidate Norman St. George. Hannon, who was first elected to the Senate in 1989, received approximately 61 percent of the vote while St. George received approximately 35 percent. Right to Life candidate Paul F. Callahan received approximately three percent while Liberal candidate Patricia Maher received approximately one percent. This will mark Hannon's eighth term in office.
The 6th Senatorial District, which was minimally affected by the recent redistricting throughout the state, includes East Meadow, Farmingdale, Garden City, Levittown, Massapequa and Plainview.
In the 3rd Congressional District, which includes the communities of (or portions of) Farmingdale, Plainedge, the Massapequas, Wantagh, Seaford and Levittown, Republican incumbent Peter King prevailed with approximately 72 percent of the vote. The congressman, who was first elected into the district in 1992, was challenged by Democrat Stuart Finz, a political newcomer, who received approximately 27 percent of the vote, and Liberal candidate Janeen DePrima, who received approximately one percent. This election win will mark King's sixth term in Congress.