Political newcomer Monica Martinez handily defeated veteran Suffolk Legis. Rick Montano in unofficial returns last night in a bitter primary battle for the Democratic nomination for the 9th District seat.
Martinez, 36, who is the sister of Tony Martinez, the co-chair of County Executive Steve Bellone's transition team two years ago, defeated Montano, 63, who had run without opposition since he first was elected in 2003.
"This community is starving for representation," Martinez said. "The people are tired of not being represented, of not being heard . . . of their votes being taken for granted."
Bellone, speaking at her headquarters, called her win "overwhelming" for the community. "What tonight really represents is a dramatic victory for the people...| read more ››