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The special election to replace former New York Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos of Long Island is too close to call. Skelos was convicted on federal corruption charges last year.

Tuesday’s presidential primaries in New York have been getting a lot of media attention. But there is also a local election on Long Island that day.

It’s the special election to replace New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, a Rockville Republican, who lost his seat last December after being convicted of corruption.

WSHU’s senior political reporter Ebong Udoma spoke with New York State Capitol Reporter Karen DeWitt about the upcoming elections.

Trump Makes Controversial Appearance On Long Island

Apr 14, 2016
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Despite protests, presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke at a fundraiser for the Suffolk County Republican party in Patchogue.

Protests Expected In Patchogue Outside Controversial Trump Event

Apr 14, 2016
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Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner in the race for president, will attend a fundraiser in Patchogue Thursday for the Suffolk County GOP.

The fundraiser will be blocks away from where an undocumented immigrant named Marcelo Lucero was murdered, and that has Mayor Paul Pontieri concerned.

“Given the policies, positions and rhetoric of Mr. Trump, it just is very unfortunate and it’s probably not the place for an event like that to take place.” Pontieri said.

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A Connecticut Superior Court judge has declined to dismiss a lawsuit against Remington Arms, the maker of the rifle used in the 2012 shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 20 children and 6 teachers.