Written by Victoria Caruso-Davis Friday, 24 July 2009 00:00
Democrat Robert Troiano of Westbury has had his hat thrown into the race for Nassau County’s 2nd Legislative District (L.D).
Earlier this month, advocates of Troiano launched a petition drive in support of the current North Hempstead Town councilman and, last week, submitted some 1,420 signatures – collected over the course of 13 days – to the Nassau County Board of Election. During a July 20 press conference, Troiano publicly accepted the nod and thanked supporters.
Troiano said he weighed the decision heavily and, during an interview with The Westbury Times hours before Monday’s press conference, said it was the outpouring of support that ultimately helped him make up his mind.
“I was impressed by the commitment of those who organized [the petition drive],” Troiano said. “This was just a group of ordinary citizens, not elected officials or members of any political group, simply motivated by the future of the 2nd L.D.”
He continued, “This will give me a chance to take the skills, experiences and relationships I have built in the Town of North Hempstead and build new ones in Nassau County to do even greater good for the residents of Westbury, New Cassel and the rest of the 2nd L.D.”
As it currently stands, Troiano will most likely primary in September against three other Westbury Democrats for a spot on the November ballot. Current Legislator Roger Corbin who, despite legal woes that include criminal charges of income tax evasion and a pending October trial date, is seeking re-election to the seat he has held since the legislature’s inception some 15 years ago; he submitted 1,292 signatures. Also in the race are Gregory Lewis, an attorney, who filed 1,087 signatures, and Pablo Sinclair, a civic activist, who filed 822. Under election law, a minimum of 500 signatures is required to be included on the ballot.
Troiano was elected to the North Hempstead Town Board with the implementation of council districts in 2003 and initially planned to seek re-election to his third term in November. However, since the county seat is up at the same time, Troiano, under Election Law, was required to withdraw his bid for re-election to the town council; he did so at noon Monday. It is now up to Troiano’s Committee on Vacancies to appoint a candidate to replace him in the race for town board.