Republicans Go Back to Court to Remove Another Challenger to Esteban

Republican Al White has filed another lawsuit to remove a second candidate challenging Manuel Esteban for the 16th District seat in the Suffolk County Legislature.

Rebecca Sanin, the Democrat who was named to replace Sidney Joyner last week after a court ruled him ineligible because he doesn’t live in the district,  was the latest target.

White’s lawsuit says that the petitions that got Joyner onto the ballot were not valid, and no one else can be substituted in his place. The election is Nov. 7.

“I have a long record and commitment to working across the aisle with civility on work that betters people’s lives,” Sanin said. “This lawsuit is the opposite: it’s a meritless effort to deny voters in legislative district 16 the chance to choose who represents them at a time when people need and deserve caring, innovative elected officials. At a time when Manny Esteban denied our communities the opportunity to vote to protect clean drinking water, I shouldn’t be surprised, but I am disappointed for the voters who deserve better.”

Sanin is president and CEO of the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island in Huntington Station. White is the retired facilities director for the Huntington school district.

The reference to drinking water involved the vote by all 10 Republican legislators to block  a referendum on clean water from the ballot in November.

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