Denenberg deal puts Legislature seat in limbo

With Nassau Legislator Dave Denenberg poised to take a plea deal in a mail fraud case, there are questions as to who his replacement will be and what it will do to the balance of power. This week,

News 12 Staff

Dec 13, 2014, 4:00 AM

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Denenberg deal puts Legislature seat in limbo
With Nassau Legislator Dave Denenberg poised to take a plea deal in a mail fraud case, there are questions as to who his replacement will be and what it will do to the balance of power.
This week, Denenberg told a judge that he will plead guilty to federal mail fraud charges in January. Once that happens, by law his seat in the Legislature must be vacated, and a special election will be held within 60 days to determine his replacement.
Denenberg has built up a loyal following in his South Shore district, which stretches from parts of Freeport to Seaford. He's been a consistent winner for nearly a decade and a half, and he's done it in a district where Republicans have a slight advantage in registered voters.
Republicans already hold 11 of the Legislature's 19 seats. Both sides of the aisle are trying to limit expectations for the special election race, and both party chairmen say it's too early to publicly discuss potential candidates.
 


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