Written by Victoria Caruso-Davis Friday, 25 September 2009 00:00
Roger Corbin’s 14-year tenure as legislator of Nassau County’s 2nd District came to an end last Tuesday. In primary Sept. 15, Democrats voted current North Hempstead Town Councilman Robert Troiano as their candidate of choice. Troiano received 1,261 votes to oust Corbin, who received 749 votes, and secure a place on the November ballot.
Corbin, who was indicted earlier this year on charges of federal tax evasion and is scheduled to go to trial next month, does not plan to run in the election as an independent. As a result, Troiano will go up against Republican and Conservative Party candidate Derek Partee of Hempstead and Pablo Sinclair, a resident of Westbury, who, after having his signatures challenged was removed from the Democratic ticket, plans to run independently as a member of the People’s First Party.
In an interview with The Westbury Times, Troiano said he is “thankful” and “overwhelmed” by the support he received. He is now focusing on November.
“I am not assuming anything,” said Troiano. “I plan to work just as hard to win the general election as I did for the primary.”
As of press time, Corbin did not return calls.
In other election news, East Meadow residents Patricia Maher and Stephanie Ovadia went head-to-head for the Democratic ticket in the 13th L.D.
Maher received 455 votes to defeat Ovadia who received 417. As a result, Maher will challenge Republican incumbent Norma Gonsalves in November. This will not be the first time the two have gone up against one another. In 2005, Maher challenged Gonsalves unsuccessfully for the seat.
(Editor’s Note: Vote totals, as of press time, were based on unofficial tallies from the Nassau County Board of Elections.)