Written by Victoria Caruso-Davis Friday, 12 February 2010 00:00
A special election was held in the 15th New York State Assembly District (A.D.) Feb. 9. Over 5,400 residents turned out to vote with Republican Michael Montesano of Glen Head defeating Democrat Matt Meng of East Norwich. Montesano, who also ran on the Conservative and Independence Party lines, received 3,868 votes; Meng received 1,539 votes.
The Assembly seat became vacant at midnight Jan. 2 when Republican Rob Walker stepped down to accept a position as Nassau County’s Deputy County Executive. Montesano will, under state law, have to run again in November 2010 – when the seat would normally be up for re-election.
The 15th A.D. – the largest assembly district in Nassau County – is comprised of 40 election districts and communities within the Towns of Hempstead, North Hempstead and Oyster Bay and includes Locust Valley, Hicksville, Brookville, Old Brookville, Upper Brookville, Matinecock, Salisbury, Westbury, Old Westbury, Oyster Bay, Mill Neck, East Norwich and Glenwood Landing as well as parts of Glen Head, Jericho, Laurel Hollow, Syosset, Bethpage, Greenvale, East Hills, Woodbury, Muttontown, Oyster Bay Cove, Roslyn Harbor, Plainview and East Meadow.