Cecilia DowdNov 8, 2017, 5:56 pmNov 8, 2017, 5:57 pm

Curran makes history as first woman to win Nassau County executive seat

The Democratic legislator beat Republican Jack Martins in a tight race

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MINEOLA — After a tight race, Democrat Laura Curran came out on top in the race for Nassau County executive and will become the first woman to fill the seat for the first time ever.

“The people have spoken loudly and clearly,” the Nassau executive-elect said on Thursday alongside fellow victors. “They're ready for a fresh start, and here we are to serve.”

Republican Jack Martins conceded to Curran on Wednesday and spoke to her by phone in what she said was a gracious call.

Curran’s campaign was largely focused on ridding Nassau of corruption, Democratic Party Chair Jay Jacobs said on the steps of the Nassau County Legislature.

Current County Executive Ed Mangano, a Republican, is facing federal corruption charges and did not run for re-election.

“From the party's standpoint, we have always seen this election as being defined by the culture of corruption that has been far too pervasive in Nassau County over too many years,” Jacobs said.

Despite the contentious race, the county executive-elect pledged to work with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in the Republican-controlled legislature to find common ground.

“It's not about party, it's about doing the right thing, it's about public service,” she said.

That sense of unity was echoed by Jack Martins in a statement released Wednesday, which reads in part, "I encourage everyone to work together to put partisanship aside to restore trust in government and get Nassau back on the right track."

While Curran's victory — along with Democrat Laura Gillen's Hempstead town supervisor win — are serious blows to the GOP, Nassau Republican Committee Chair Joseph Mondello says the party's not going anywhere.

“There was a Republican party yesterday, there's a Republican party today and there will be a Republican party tomorrow,” Mondello said.

As Curran transitions into her new role as county executive, her position on the Nassau County Legislature will be filled by Democrat Debra Mule of Freeport who won the seat on Election Day.

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