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Ognibene in for state Senate

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Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:23 am, Thu Jul 10, 2014.

Ex-City Councilman Tom Ognibene, a Republican, is circulating petitions to run for the state Senate against incumbent Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), a source tells the Queens Chronicle.

Ognibene, a Middle Village attorney, served as a city councilman representing Middle Village, Maspeth, Ridgewood and Glendale from 1992 through 2001. He attempted to take back his Council seat in 2009, but lost to Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village). He later ran for lieutenant governor as the running mate of Carl Paladino, but in a fluke lost the GOP primary to Greg Edwards, county executive of Chautauqua County in Western New York, the preferred running mate of unsuccessful GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio.

Addabbo was first elected in 2008, defeating incumbent Serphin Maltese. He was twice re-elected by double digits, facing Anthony Como, who held Ognibene’s Council seat for a short time, in 2010, and Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) in a newly drawn more Republican district in 2012.

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