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Lupinacci Wins 10th Assembly Race

School board trustee beats Democrat Dujmic.

South Huntington school board trustee Chad Lupinacci defeated Joe Dujmic in the 10th Assembly District election Tuesday.

Lupinacci will succeed the late James Conte, who served the district from 1988 until this spring when he announced he wouldn't run again because of ill health. He died Oct. 16.

Asked about whether he would resign from the South Huntington school board before taking office, he said, "We probably will be getting an opinion from Albany as far as what the procedure's going to be and how we're going to handle it. I think that a resignation will be coming. When? I don't know."

Lupinacci is a 1997 graduate of Whitman High School. The Republican is a full-time professor at Farmingdale State College and an adjunct professor at St. Joseph’s College and Hofstra University, where he received his B.A. in 2001, his J.D. from the Hofstra University School of Law, and his M.B.A. from the Frank G. Zarb School of Business.

He also ran on the Conservative, Working Families and Independence lines.

Dujmic said, "I congratulate the assemblyman-elect. It was a very clean race. I'm extremely proud of my campaign staff who worked tirelessly. One of the things I've learned is that you don't have to be an elected representative to represent my community. I plan to continue to work and continue to rebuild the middle class in Huntington and Huntington Station."

Dujmic worked in the Suffolk County Executive's Office and as an assistant county attorney. The Democrat is now a small-business owner and litigator in Huntington.

The 10th Assembly District includes Cold Spring Harbor, Dix Hills, Greenlawn, Huntington, Huntington Station, Lloyd Harbor, Melville, South Huntington and West Hills in Huntington and part of Farmingdale in Babylon.

With three districts untotaled:

Candidate Vote Percent Chad Lupinacci 24231 55.57 Joe Dujmic 19358 44.39
Mrs. Concerned November 07, 2012 at 07:32 AM
Oh oh "Pay to Play" here we come. I feel sorry for the parents who cannot afford to pay the extra fees that Luppinacci is proposing (fees for sports, and to ride the school bus). I guess we will have more walkers than before, drive safely everyone. This man voted to raise taxes year after year while he just recently moved out of his parents home and bought his own. Now he will see how the "other half" lives.
John Corey November 07, 2012 at 05:02 PM
My understanding is that as a school board trustee he indicated that the tax cap imposed by Albany limits a district's ability to raise revenue and that all districts must CONSIDER alternative options that include pay for play, etc. I think most districts on Long Island are forced to have the discussion. I am always glad to know that my representatives will consider all options in these difficult times.
Free 2B Me November 08, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Bravo Chad. Now please show Mr. Raia how NOT to put the tax cap cart in front of the mandate reform cart. Mrs. Concerned... you missed the mark, John can give you some clarity, Families who can't afford p-2-p can be identified via the free and reduced lunch program. . F2Bme
Paul November 10, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Mrs. Concerned might have some great ideas to reduce taxes while at the same time provide quailty education to our students. If you are so concerned why not run for the School Board in South Huntington. I know there be at least one sit open next year. See you at next year's Meet the Candidate Night.

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