Ragini Srivastava, a businesswoman from Manhasset Hills, has been named the Republican nominee for the 16th State Assembly District being vacated by Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso (D-Port Washington), according to the Nassau County Republican Party.
D’Urso, 80, whose district includes Great Neck, Port Washington, Manhasset, Roslyn Heights, North Hills, Flower Hill, Lake Success, Baxter Estates, Manorhaven and Sands Point, had announced last month that he would retire after two terms.
Last year, Srivastava was named the party’s nominee for the Town of North Hempstead’s 2nd District and ran on a platform of “putting taxpayers first,” combatting reassessment and ensuring better opportunities for all small business owners. She lost the election with 37.10 percent of the vote to incumbent Councilman Peter Zuckerman’s 61.74.
Srivastava owns two foodservice businesses, according to her Facebook page, and is an appointee to the Nassau County Comptroller’s Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Council.
The candidate will compete against Democratic nominee Gina Sillitti, a resident of Manorhaven and a 20-year veteran of government work, for the seat.