Nassau County Legislator Josh Lafazan (D-Woodbury), who quickly became known for his attacks on embattled Rep. George Santos, lost his re-election bid to the Legislature on Tuesday night as Republicans maintained their majority.
Lafazan was the only incumbent to lose his re-election bid after Nassau’s legislative districts were recently redrawn. He lost by a margin of 58% to 42%, according to the Nassau County Board of Elections, to challenger Samantha A. Goetz in the 18th legislative district
There were five vacant seats in the Legislature.
Democrats won two of them, with Scott Davis defeating Michael Lucchesi by a margin of 54% to 46% in the 1st legislative district and Seth Koslow defeating Joseph Baker by a margin of 53% to 47%.
Republicans claimed the other three, with Republican James Kennedy defeating Nicholas Andrew Passaro by a margin of 78% to 22% in the 19th district, Scott Strauss defeating Neeraj Kumar by a margin of 65% to 35% in the 9th district, and Patrick Mullaney defeating Alexis Pace by a margin of 60% to 40% in the 4th district.
Republicans now hold 12 seats to Democrats’ seven.
Jay Jacobs, chair of the New York State Democratic Committee, called for local elections to be held in even years, citing low voter turnout in this year’s races.