Martins flips Senate district as GOP, Dems split four Assembly races

Martins flips Senate district as GOP, Dems split four Assembly races
Jack Martins celebrating his victory. The Republican defeated incumbent Democrat Anna Kaplan for her state senate seat. (Photo by Robert Pelaez)

By Brandon Duffy and Stephen Keehner

Former Republican state Sen. Jack Martins won his old seat Tuesday night after defeating two-term Democrat Anna Kaplan in the general election for the state’s 7th Senate District.

The win comes after the Republican and Democratic Parties split North Hempstead’s four state Assembly seats two-to-two, with none being flipped. 

With all 264 election districts reported, Martins has 64,009 of the total 123,144 votes cast, enough for 52%. Kaplan secured 55,846 votes, or 45.5%

Martins, an Old Westbury resident, previously represented the 7th District from 2011-2016 and served as Mineola’s mayor from 2003-2010.  He also currently serves as an attorney for Harris Beach, PLLC.

Martins said at the Nassau GOP’s watch party at the Coral House in Baldwin that he is going to stand up for local communities and keep families safe.

“This year especially we all knew this was the year we were going to draw the line in the sand,” Martins said Tuesday night. “Right here in Nassau County we stood up and we’re going back to Albany because you and your voices made it happen.”

In the state’s 15th Assembly District, Republican Jake Blumencranz defeated Democrat Amanda Field in the seat left vacant since Republican Michael Montesano resigned in July. Democratic incumbents Chuck Lavine and Gina Silliti as well as Republican Assemblyman Ed Ra have all also won or are currently leading their respective races.

With all 112 election districts reporting, Blumencranz had 55.5% of the 52,897 total votes cast, according to the state Board of Elections. Democrat Amanda Field secured 40.3% of the vote.

Blumencranz, a 26-year-old Oyster Bay resident, works in insurance and also has an advisory board member role with the Nassau County Police Department Foundation. 

The 15th Assembly District includes Bethpage, Brookville, East Norwich, Farmingdale, Glen Cove, Glen Head, Glenwood Landing, Greenvale, Hicksville, Jericho, Lattingtown, Laurel Hollow, Levittown, Locust Valley, Matinecock, Mill Neck, Muttontown, Old Bethpage, Old Brookville, Old Westbury, Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove, Plainedge, Plainview, Salisbury, Syosset, Roslyn Harbor, Upper Brookville and Woodbury.

Chuck Lavine defeated Republican Ruka Anzai in the race for the 13th Assembly District.

Lavine has 52.3% of the 42,317 total votes cast, according to the state Board of Elections. Anzai secured 43.7% of the vote.

Lavine is a longstanding figure in state politics, having represented District 13 since 2005. He has also served on the Glen Cove City Council, as a committee member, chairman and vice chair of the Glen Cove Democratic Committee and as a committee person for the Nassau County Democratic Committee.

The 13th Assembly District includes Glen Cove, Sea Cliff, Plainview, Woodbury, Glenwood Landing, Cove Neck, Centre Island and Jericho as well as residents in parts of Bayville, Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove, Laurel Hollow, Syosset, Old Bethpage, Bethpage, Hicksville, Westbury/New Cassel, Muttontown, Brookville, East Hills, Greenvale, Roslyn, Roslyn Heights and Roslyn Harbor.

Gina Sillitti defeated Republican Vibhuti Jha in the race for the 16th Assembly District.

Sillitti has 49.82% of the 51,854 total votes cast, according to the state Board of Elections. Jha secured 46.75% of the vote. 3.35% of the ballots submitted were blank.

Sillitti has served as the representative for District 16 since Jan. 1, 2021, after defeating Ragini Srivastava in 2020. Her previous positions in the Town of North Hempstead include deputy commissioner of the Department of Community Services, deputy chief of staff and director of legislative affairs.

The 16th Assembly District includes Great Neck, Manhasset, Port Washington, Herricks, Mineola, Baxter Estates, parts of East Williston, Old Westbury, Roslyn Estates, Roslyn, Albertson, Williston Park and New Hyde Park.

GOP Assemblyman Ed Ra defeated Democrat Sanjeev Jindal in the race for the 19th Assembly District.

Ra has 64% of the 52,213 total votes cast, according to the state Board of Elections. Jindal secured 32.1% of the vote.

Ra, a Mineola native, has been the representative for District 19 since 2010. He is the ranking minority member of the Assembly’s Ways and Means Committee. He previously worked as the Town of Hempstead’s deputy town attorney and as a legal aide in the Office of the New York State Attorney General.

The 19th Assembly District stretches into all three Nassau County townships. It includes Franklin Square, Garden City South, Garden City Park, New Hyde Park, Westbury, Carle Place, Mineola, Williston Park, Old Westbury, Brookville, Old Brookville, Upper Brookville and Glen Head.

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