Two candidates are running for a recently vacated Nassau County Legislature seat when voters cast their ballots in a special election on Tuesday.

Democrat Siela Bynoe and Republican Pepitz Blanchard are vying to replace Legis. Robert Troiano (D-Westbury), who stepped down last month to take a post in the Town of North Hempstead.

The two are seeking to represent District 2, which includes parts of Westbury, Hempstead, West Hempstead, New Cassel, Hicksville, East Meadow,  Malverne,  Rockville Centre, Uniondale and Garden City.

Bynoe is executive director of the Town of Huntington Housing Authority, serves on the Westbury Board of Education and previously worked with the Long island Housing Partnership.

Blanchard, who lost to Troiano in November, is a visiting therapist who has worked at various local hospitals and has served nearly two decades as a member of the Auxiliary Police of Westbury.

For information on how to vote, call the Nassau Board of Elections at 516-571-VOTE or visit their website.



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