Singas Beats Scotto in Nassau DA Primary


Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas fended off Democratic primary challenger Michael Scotto, a former Manhattan prosecutor from Port Washington, in the most-watched race Thursday.

Singas will now go on to face Republican Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray in the general election.

“Tonight, we took a huge step towards making sure Nassau continues to be one of the safest counties in America,” Singas said.

In other key primary races across Long Island, the party nominees also thwarted their challengers.

Across the county line, Democrats in the Town of Islip chose Thomas Licari, a political newcomer, over challenger Rick Montano, a fiery former county lawmaker, by a margin of 113 votes, according to the Suffolk County Board of Elections’ unofficial results. It wasn’t immediately clear how many absentee ballots are left to be counted. The winner will try to unseat Republican Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter on Election Day.

On the East End, the primary for the GOP line in the Riverhead Town Supervisor race was too close to call. Councilwoman Jodi Giglio, the Republican nominee, beat the incumbent, Sean Walter, by a 29-vote margin, according to the early tally. That race will reportedly be decided by absentee ballots.

And back in Nassau County, Mayor Reginald Spinello kept the GOP line away from his challenger, Glen Cove City Councilman Anthony Gallo.