Ms. Maertz entered the race with Ms. Calcaterra’s backing after Ms. Calcaterra, who resides in New Suffolk, failed to convince the State Supreme Court Appellate Division to overturn a decision throwing her off the ballot for failing to meet residency requirements to run for the State Legislature.
On Friday, Ms. Maertz, 34, emphasized that she and Ms. Calcaterra are both dedicated to the same goals. She said taking the reins on Ms. Calcaterra’s campaign so far has been a “seamless transition.”
“This campaign is not about the person,” Ms. Maertz said. “It’s about what needs to be changed in... more