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Candidate Changes Parties to Run for Legislature

Nina Petraro Bastardi to Challenge John Ciotti

On May 20, Nina Petraro Bastardi announced her plans to seek the Democratic nomination for Nassau’s Third Legislative District.

Petraro Bastardi, 26, an attorney from Valley Stream and former president of the Nassau County Young Republicans, recently changed her registration to a Democrat and will challenge Legislator John Ciotti.

“I didn’t leave the Republican Party, the Republican Party left me,” Petraro Bastardi said in front of GOP headquarters. “Property taxes and a lack of housing alternatives are two major problems facing Nassau County. The Republicans have not come up with any real solutions and continue to be the party of ‘no,’ while leaders like County Executive Tom Suozzi are the only ones proposing creative ideas to address these problems.”

Petraro Bastardi earned her bachelors degree, summa cum laude, in government and politics in the Honors College at St. John’s University. She attended St. John’s Law School, where she was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Legal Commentary. She is an attorney at the law firm of Farrell Fritz and works in the Land Use, Municipal and Tax Certiorari departments. Prior to joining the firm, Petraro Bastardi worked as a law clerk and interned in the chambers of Justice Ruth. C. Balkin in the Nassau County Supreme Court. She and her husband, Chris, reside in Valley Stream.

 Ciotti of North Valley Stream has been a member of the Nassau County Legislature since its inception. Ciotti has been serving the district since he was first elected in 1995. “She seems like a nice, young lady. I welcome her to the race. What I look forward to is discussing my record, and what I’ve done in the past,” he said.

Ciotti, who has been a member of the Republican minority of the legislature since the Democrats took over the majority in 1999, said the issues include the effect of reassessment on the residents of the Third Legislative District and the loss of the critical funding for both the youth and the seniors and the tax increases, which are hurting seniors on fixed incomes and driving young people out.