From left: Arnold Drucker and Louis Imbroto.

Democrat Arnold Drucker beat Republican Louis Imbroto—both lawyers from Plainview—in a special election Tuesday to fill the seat left vacant when Nassau County Legis. Judy Jacobs (D-Woodbury) died in September.

Drucker, a 59-year-old attorney and Nassau Community College trustee, won 58 percent of the vote over Imbroto, a 32-year-old associate general counsel at Nassau University Medical Center.

Drucker, a first-time candidate, previously served as co-chair of a presidential search committee at NCC, which this summer tapped former Farmingdale State College President H. Hubert Keen as its new leader. Imbroto previously ran against Jacobs in 2013 and tried to unseat New York State Assemb. Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove) in ’12 and ’14.

Drucker will represent the 16th Legislative District, which encompassed the North Shore communities of Plainview, Old Bethpage, Jericho, Syosset, Woodbury, Hicksville, Old Westbury and Roslyn Heights. He’ll be sworn in at the county legislature’s next meeting Nov. 21.

Before she died Sept. 13 at age 77, Jacobs was an 11-term county legislator and 20-year veteran lawmaker who served seven years as the legislature’s first Democratic presiding officer. She was among four remaining county lawmakers who have been serving on the 19-member Nassau legislature since its inception in 1996. She got her start in politics as a civic leader.

 

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