Winners in Long Island's primaries look forward to November election

The winners in Tuesday’s primaries across Long Island are already looking forward to Election Day in November.

News 12 Staff

Aug 24, 2022, 9:19 PM

Updated 657 days ago


The winners in Tuesday’s primaries across Long Island are already looking forward to Election Day in November.
It was an unusual year in that three of Long Island's four House members weren't seeking reelection, and a total of 15 candidates were vying to represent their party on the November ballot for a possible seat in Congress.
In the end, it was the outcome Suffolk Republicans had hoped for. The two party-backed candidates for Congress won their primaries.
There was some nail-biting in recent weeks after both faced challenges from candidates who said they were more aligned with the Donald Trump agenda.
In the 1st Congressional District, Michelle Bond, an attorney representing the cryptocurrency industry, waged an expensive and aggressive campaign against Nick LaLota.
In his victory speech last night, LaLota took jabs at his opponent after his nearly 20-point victory.
“I know that you're not familiar with New York, since it's been 25 years since you lived here. I want to give you some directions on how to get home tomorrow. Go on to the Southern State, head west, go over a couple of bridges, get to Potomac, get back to your mansion and get out of our state,” he said.
In the neighboring 2nd Congressional District, incumbent Rep. Andrew Garbarino also fended off two challengers and now heads to November for his first reelection attempt.
“We need to go back and stop the spending, secure our border and support our police,” he said.
In Nassau, it was the Democrats who were cheering. In a crowded five-way race for the 3rd Congressional District nomination, Robert Zimmerman was the winner. He's a longtime Democratic National Committee member from Great Neck who hopes to keep the seat now held by Rep. Tom Suozzi.
“Standing up for voting rights, standing up for the safe and legal rights for women to have an abortion, standing up in opposition to the gun violence pandemic across our country,” Zimmerman said Tuesday night.
In the 4th Congressional District, former Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen scored a big victory.
“My message is resonating with people and it's not just resonating with Democrats, it's resonating with independents, it's resonating with Republicans,” she says. “I want to codify Roe v. Wade and protect women's autonomy over their own health care decisions. I think that's really, really important.”
The only Long Islanders who didn't have primary races in their district are residents of southwest Nassau County, parts of Elmont, Valley Stream and Inwood. Those communities are in the 5th Congressional District, which is mainly a Queens district. Rep. Gregory Meeks did not face a primary challenge.

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