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Tim Sini is running for Suffolk County District Attorney to restore integrity to the office and make Suffolk County a safer place to live, work and raise a family. He currently serves as the Suffolk County Police Commissioner. Following a scandal that ended in the federal prosecution of the former Chief of Department, Tim was appointed to this position in January of 2016. Previously, he served as Suffolk’s Deputy County Executive for Public Safety.
Al Krupski runs a small business, Krupski’s Pumpkin Farm, and serves on the Southold Town Board. In his 28 years of public service, Al has established a strong record of bipartisan leadership and was asked by his colleagues from different parties to serve as Deputy Supervisor. Now, Al is running for county legislator because he knows what it takes to help small businesses and protect our way of life.
Bridget Fleming brings a fresh professional approach to public service. She’s an innovative leader for economic growth, an effective advocate for our environment, and a dedicated champion of government accountability. If elected, Bridget is ready to take the groundbreaking programs and approaches she’s developed on the local level forward, to serve as Legislator for Suffolk County’s Second Legislative District.
A lifelong resident of Suffolk County’s south shore, Josh has resided in Shirley for the last decade. The son of a teacher and union truck driver, he shares our working family values and knows what it means to make ends meet on Long Island. After graduating with honors from Patchogue-Medford, his passion for public service led him to receive a bachelor’s degree in political science from SUNY Albany where he gained valuable experience working in the New York State Assembly.
Dom Pascual is a financial crimes attorney, bank compliance officer, patriot, and an commissioned officer in the New York Army National Guard. Dom Pascual is a certified Judge Advocate Officer and specializes in military justice and investigations with the U.S. Army. Born and raised in Long Island, Dom Pascual works in anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism finance investigations. As a financial crimes attorney, Dom reviews billions of dollars of transactions every month for indicators of corruption, criminal activity or OFAC/ UN sanctions violations. This work provides critical financial intelligence which keeps America safe as we prevent criminal cartels, terrorists, and white collar criminals that want to harm us from using our international banking system. Dom regularly acts as a liason between the private sector and federal law enforcement to investigate major high profile crimes in the American Banking system and offshore financial centers. Dom Pascual is a subject matter expert on conducting administrative hearings and investigations, the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), Patriot Act and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
Most people learn their first civics lesson while sitting in a classroom, but Kara Hahn first remembers serving the public while riding in the back of pickup truck with her dad after Hurricane Gloria ravaged Long Island back in 1985. As a volunteer firefighter, Ron Gerry showed Kara and her brother Kevin and sister Kristin what it means to make a difference in people’s lives. For days, they worked side-by-side with other community members to clear downed trees from the roadways. And, as she drives these same roadways now with her daughters Karina and Hope, Kara continues to be inspired by those early lessons and seeks to instill that same sense of civic responsibility in her children.
County Legislator Sarah Anker was elected to serve the people of Suffolk County's 6th Legislative District in a special election on March 29, 2011 and subsequently re-elected in November of that same year. Prior to joining the legislature, she was a longtime community leader, public servant and working mom with a track record of standing up for the community and getting results. Sarah lives in Mt. Sinai with her three children.
Rob grew up as one of five children in Auburn, a small city in upstate New York. The middle son of a first-generation Italian-American employed as a firefighter and a mom who helped support her family as a seamstress, Rob watched his family struggle to make ends meet and contributed to the household with whatever small jobs he could obtain. He learned early the values of hard work and respect for all people.
Bill Lindsay III was elected County Legislator of the 8th District on November 5, 2013. Bill has been a lifelong resident of the 8th Legislative District, growing up in Holbrook and graduating from Sachem High School in 1990. After earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from St. Josephs College in 1994 he began his career in the private sector, working for Government Employers Insurance Company.
I immigrated to the United States from El Salvador at the age of 3. My mother, in search of a better life for her children, left me with my grandmother at the age of one. It was extremely difficult for my mother to leave her family but I believe the journey she endured, shaped the strong family values and bond which exists amongst the family today.
Joe Tronolone is a 32-year resident of Islip with strong ties to his community. A dedicated member of the Islip Fire Department since 2006, Joe has volunteered countless hours to help keep his neighbors safe. He’s also a community leader and activist that has organized and participated in actions on issues ranging from healthcare to the environment, campaign finance reform and food quality. During his time volunteering for several campaigns Joe realized he had a passion for talking with people and listening to what issues were important to them. In addition to serving on the Islip Town & Suffolk County Democratic Committees, Joe was also a delegate candidate for Bernie Sanders in 2016. Joe graduated from Islip High School, Suffolk Community College and received a B.A. in Mathematics from Saint Joseph’s College. From 2006-2015 Joe worked in banking where he helped working families & small businesses and saw the financial challenges they face. After 9 years Joe left banking to pursue what he felt was a more meaningful & rewarding career as a math teacher.
As Mayor , my motto is “anytime anywhere” and I will continue to hold that philosophy as your Legislator so that when it comes time to meeting with Suffolk residents … I will be there.” - Mayor Joe McDermott Joe McDermott is the current Mayor of Brightwaters. His term as Mayor has been successful and effective. Joe balanced Brightwaters’ budget in a transparent manner, unified the Village in solving problems and has further demonstrated his commitment in achieving solutions by reaching out for support to all necessary parties. McDermott uses the motto of “anytime anywhere” as his leading strategy as Mayor and plans to continue doing so as Legislator. As a result of his dedication and achievements, Joe McDermott is well known and respected in the Brightwaters community. In addition to being the Mayor of the Village of Brightwaters, Joe works as Structural Ironworker and a member of Local 361 for the past 21 years. His support for the community does not stop there. Joe is a volunteer coach for CYO Basketball and Bay Shore-Brightwaters Lacrosse. In conjunction with being a coach, Joe McDermott is also an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 153 in Bay Shore. Joe currently resides in Brightwaters with his wife Mary, and their three children, Riley, Cynthia and Olivia.
Kevin grew up in Nesconset and has been a homeowner in Lake Ronkonkoma for the past 28 years. He graduated from Sachem High School and chose to continue his education at Stony Brook University earning a B.S. degree in Chemistry. Kevin continued his education at New York Institute of Technology earning an M.B.A. in Management. He continued additional education obtaining national certification as a Certified Safety Professional. Kevin has worked as an environmental, health and safety engineer.
Claire McKeon is a lifelong resident of Lindenhurst graduating from Lindenhurst High School Class of ’71. Claire graduated from Suffolk Community College with an AAS where she studied Business Administration and Paralegal Studies. Upon graduating from Suffolk Community College, she attended SUNY Empire where she continued her studies in Business Administration and Labor Relations. Claire currently works at the Town of Babylon as the Executive Director of Youth and Disabled services. Claire is responsible for the management of the Youth Bureau, Youth Institute, Deer Park Community Center, Disabled Services, Therapeutic Institute as well as facilitating the funding for seven youth centers that serve the various hamlets within the Town of Babylon. In addition to her regular duties as Executive Director, Claire is an advocate for the youth of the Town of Babylon in their school settings to ensure that they are receiving the services that they need. She is the President of the Association of NYS Youth Courts, a member of the Governor’s Regional Youth Justice Team, a member of Sheriff Demarco’s Youth Re-entry Task Force and Strategic Planning and is the Chair of the Safe and Supportive Schools and Communities Consortium. Claire resides in Lindenhurst where she raised her sons Kurt, Ryan and Mark.
Legislator DuWayne Gregory was elected to office in a special election in July 2008, continuing his lifelong career of public service. DuWayne Gregory is a native of Long Island and is proud of his record of public service. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1993, and later applied and was accepted to attend Officer Candidate School (OCS). Legislator Gregory was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in Field Artillery.
Susan A. Berland was first elected to the Huntington Town Board in 2001 and re-elected to four-year terms in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015. As the Town’s first full-time councilperson, Susan’s door is always open. She has worked tirelessly to make the town’s government open, accessible and responsive and has distinguished herself as an untiring and effective advocate for our entire community. Susan has passed legislation regulating running bamboo, putting an end to blight in our communities and holding landlords accountable for their accessory apartments. In an effort to increase governmental transparency, Susan spearheaded the effort to televise all official town meetings. She is an advocate of open space, water quality, the arts and providing programming for Huntington’s senior, veteran, youth and disabled residents. Susan continually sponsors events that protect our community’s environment and encourage a spirit of charity and volunteerism.
Councilman Tom Donnelly is a life long resident of the hamlet of Deer Park. A 1984 Graduate of Deer Park High School Councilman Donnelly holds an Associates Degree from Suffolk County Community college and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Saint Joseph’s College Brooklyn NY.
I am running for County Legislature because I can make a difference for all of our communities. I believe that elected representatives should come from all walks of life. Today, we have too many professional politicians serving in office who are not getting the job done for our families. I believe my background as a doctor, businessman and community leader will bring a new perspective to Suffolk County government at a time when new ideas are desperately needed.
Rich Schaffer is a Democrat who is seeking re-election as Babylon Town Supervisor. After being elected to the County Legislature in 1987, Schaffer initially served as Town Supervisor from 1992 to 2001. Following the election of Supervisor Steve Bellone to the position of County Executive, Schaffer was appointed Supervisor in January 2012 and won a special election that November to fill the remainder of the term.
Antonio Martinez is a Democrat who is seeking re-election as Babylon Town Councilman. After a career as a community organizer and then as a union organizer with the Empire State Regional Council of Carpenters, Martinez was appointed to the Town Board in 2008 and was elected to a full-term in 2009. As a member of the Town Board, Martinez serves as the liason to the Department of Parks and Recreation as well as to the Babylon Industrial Development Agency. He also serves as the Town's Deputy Supervisor.
I grew up in Brookhaven Town and returned years ago to raise my own family. I am running for Town Supervisor because I want my son to be as proud as I am to call this place home. Our town needs strong, principled, and effective leadership with a long-term plan for our future. I need your help to defend middle-class families, protect our environment, and bring high-paying jobs back to our community.
Ms. Cartright received her Juris Doctorate from Touro College Jacob D. Fuschberg Law Center in Suffolk County, after receiving her undergraduate degree in International Studies from West Virginia University. During her law school career, she availed herself of numerous opportunities to exhibit her leadership abilities and, in turn, earned numerous awards for academic excellence, contributions and service to the community.
I was born and raised in Brookhaven by two veterans who met in the army and taught me the value of hard work, discipline, and education. I worked at numerous places - my father's glass company, grocery stores, and warehouses - until I decided to teach myself programming and climb my way to become a software engineer and start my own small tech business. You may have noticed a lack of politics there. For sure, I am not a career politician. My political "career" began during the 2016 primaries when I ran the Brookhaven office for Bernie Sanders, a man who I supported because I care more about issues and solutions than I do about politics and parties, and because I respected his sincerity and hard work.
Alfred (Fred) Ianacci is and has been a professional and highly skilled Project Manager in the Architectural Millwork and Construction Industry in New York for over four decades. He believes that good leadership, and improving our communities is only attainable through listening to the constituents. He will be a strong advocate for the residents and businesses in Brookhaven Council District Three.
Dan is merging his personal and professional community service by running for the fourth district council seat in Brookhaven Town. His lifetime of financial experience and his dedication and responsiveness make him an ideal choice to serve his community on the town board.
Lisa Di Santo has been a resident of East Patchogue for almost 30 years. Lisa's extensive experience as a community leader and educator adds a critical dimension to her candidacy. As an experienced educator and business person Lisa developed the communication and problem solving skills that are essential to a responsive, good government.
Cindy Morris came to the town of Brookhaven 12 years ago, when she moved to Port Jefferson Station right down the street from Buttercups Dairy. Having grown up in South Florida, she was new to Long Island. Over the past decade, she has grown from being a new resident to being a true member of our community. She now lives with her two favorite people in the world, her sons Benjamin (11) and Jackson (8) in Stony Brook.
I'm Anthony Portesy, Democratic Candidate for Brookhaven Town Highway Superintendent. I am a proud Brookhaven resident raised here my entire life. I am a product of the Middle Country School District, graduating from Newfield High School. Prior to attending law school, I attended Stony Brook University and graduated with a degree in Business Management and Political Science. My ties to the community are deep and that is why I wanted to get involved.
I want to do what I can to ensure that future generations will continue to enjoy the beauty and bounty of our surroundings and experience the care and support that our small town community offers. As a business owner, I understand the need to support local business while balancing the needs of the community and environment.
I was born and raised in the Village of Sag Harbor. I am one of six children born to Everett and June Diederiks. I attended Pierson School. I married my husband Joseph Brennan in 1972 and remained married for 43 years until his death. We have two children, Rachael Brennan Lucyk and Matthew Brennan. Rachael lives in Sag Harbor along with her husband Edward and children Patrick and Chloe, and owns RML Bookkeeping Services. Matthew lives in Springs along with his twin daughters Madison and Mariann, and owns and operates Brennan Motorsports, LLC. After being a stay at home mother for most of my children’s school years I went to work for the Town of East Hampton in 1989. After first working for the Sanitation District and the Tax Receiver, I transferred to the Town Clerk’s Office in 1992. In April of 1994 I was appointed Deputy Town Clerk. I remained Deputy under two Town Clerks until the end of 2013. When then Clerk Fred Overton announced his retirement I decided to run for the clerk’s position. I currently am a member of the East Hampton Lions Club and on the Board of the East Hampton Food Pantry. I previously served as a member of the East Hampton Kiwanis Club and the Sag Harbor Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. I look forward to another term as Town Clerk. We are currently in the process of digitizing many of the town’s records. I am looking forward to the public being able to search documents online. I partnered with the East Hampton Library for storage of some very old books. In return they were allowed to digitize the records for the use of all. There is still a lot of work to be done, including acceptance of credit cards that I look forward to achieving.
Kathee believes that the job of a Town Board member is to enable the community to achieve its goals, by getting the facts and building consensus. Since taking office in January 2014, she has strongly encouraged public participation to help fashion policy.
Jeff has been a resident of East Hampton for thirty years and is a graduate of Yale University. He runs a small law firm, and is a zoning, planning and environmental lawyer and activist who has served as counsel on all of East Hampton’s appointed boards. His firm is unique on the East End because it regularly takes on environmental causes on behalf of local residents and public interest groups, opposing over-development.
I was born and raised in East Hampton and I am the son of Robert and Loretta Lynch. I went to E.H.H.S. and graduated in 1978. I married my wife Regina in 1983 and we raised our 3 boys Stephen, Jimmy and Kyle. We are members of Saint Luke’s Church where my wife has taught Sunday School for over 20 years. My brother Bobby and I had a trucking company from 1982 till 1986 when he passed, it was at that time I sold the company. I then went into the excavation business, we excavated for foundations, installed septic systems, driveways, land clearing and trucking. In 1990 we expanded the business to complete swimming pool installations and swimming pool service. Then my wife and I opened a pool and spa store (Tropical Island Pools and Spas) in 1992. We sold the pool service business in 2005 and closed the store. My oldest son Stephen Jr. ran the excavation business from 2012 when I was elected Highway Superintendent till 2016 when we sold the excavating and swimming pool construction business. I am also a member of the East Hampton Fire Department and East Hampton Lions Club. I was a Cub Scout leader and helped coach little league. Since I have taken office in 2012 I started a pavement preservation program to get longer life out of our roads, road shoulder stabilization to cut down on the road edge being washed out. We work with Natural Resources on water runoff into our ponds, bays and harbors. We work with the Planning Department on protecting native wild flowers when we mow the road shoulders. Revamped a lot of highway equipment by using military surplus, we bought trucks that cost $150,000.00 and up with under 5000 miles on them for $5,000.00 and under. We have taken care of a lot of flooding areas that have been a problem decades.
My family and I have lived in East Hampton for over 30 years. My wife, Stephanie, and I have raised our 2 children here, and both Alexander and Kylie have returned here to live, after going away to college. Alexander has his own landscaping business (and with his wife, Nicole, gave us the gift a granddaughter – Piper!) and Kylie teaches the 3rd grade bilingual education class at John Marshall Elementary School. I have been committed to public service for as long as I have lived here. I am most proud to be a long time active member of the East Hampton Fire Department, having served as Chief of the Department for 2 terms. I was an appointed member of the East Hampton Town Board of Assessment Review for several years. I coached Little League for 10 years. As an attorney, I have provided pro bono representation to a number of not for profit organizations – Citizens for Access Rights (CFAR), East Hampton Sportsmen’s Alliance, Pediatric Dental Fund and other groups and individuals. I have been a practicing attorney for nearly 40 years, with much of that time spent in the courtroom. I have served as an Assistant District Attorney, a civil trial attorney and a sole practitioner with a general practice. The experience that I had with every type of case, criminal or civil, that is heard in Justice Court was excellent preparation for my transition to becoming an East Hampton Town Justice in January 2014. I take that responsibility very seriously, and work very hard to apply the law firmly, fairly and equally to all. I look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve the East Hampton community as a Town Justice for another 4 year term.
As East Hampton Town Assessor, Eugene has consistently produced a balanced assessment roll on an annual basis in coordination with the other members of the Board of Assessors during the last eleven plus years in office. He excels in his daily interaction with the public to discuss assessment concerns, assessment reduction procedures and exemption questions. He has prepared thousands of Valuation Reports for Small Claims Assessment Review and assists other Town Department Heads and staff with assessment related information and documents. Eugene also met with the Town Supervisor to establish annual office operating budget.
John graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1971 with a degree in Zoology. After having returned from Peace Corps service in India, he settled in East Hampton, where he and his wife Gale raised two boys. For the past forty five years he has worked here largely on and around the water, life guarding at Hither Hills State Park, as a research assistant in the ichthyology department at the New York Ocean Science Lab in Montauk, a fisheries biologist at Multi Aquaculture Systems fish farm in Napeague, an environmental analyst with the town’s Natural Resources Department and for over twenty years as director of the East Hampton Town Shellfish Hatchery. At the Shellfish Hatchery, while adhering to the rigorous local oversight provided by the Town Trustees, John fostered a cooperative working relationship with County, State and Federal agencies, non profit institutions and schools. This facilitated both attracting and participating in grant projects aimed at improving resource enhancement and restoration procedures, providing baymen opportunities to participate in shellfish culture as an additional means of remaining on the water and a variety of educational collaborations that were mutually beneficial to our program and participating students. This approach allowed and continues to allow the hatchery program to yield direct benefits in harvestable product for baymen and recreational harvesters, as well as indirect benefits in the water quality furnished by increased filter feeding shellfish. John is very grateful for having been given the opportunity to develop the town’s shellfish hatchery program and earning the support of five successive town board administrations. Now, having the time to give Trustee matters the attention they deserve and a desire to contribute to a better environment for our children and grandchildren, he would like to give back to the community through service as a board member, where he believes that his experience and cooperative nature can be a helpful addition to the Trustees operations. John is endorsed by the Democratic, Independence, and Working Families Parties
Francis is a life-long resident of East Hampton residing in Springs with his wife Barbara to whom he has been married for over 30 years. Barbara is employed in the East Hampton schools. Francis has been an active member of the community serving the East Hampton Fire Department for the past 25 years. He has previously served two terms as an East Hampton Town Trustee and was East Hampton’s first full time Trustee clerk elected by the Town Trustees. He has served as a scout leader for 11 years and established the first successful Eagle Scout program in East Hampton, producing 5 Eagle Scouts, including Francis’s son Ian. Francis believes that the Town Trustee holdings are precious and extremely sensitive resources. Without them, East Hampton would not be the treasure that has earned the world’s attention. He believes in balancing fair and equal use of these public areas while preserving them for nature’s needs and understands reaching the proper balance is difficult but necessary. Our local economy depends on it. Francis has the experience and the desire to make that balance work. He believes that remembering the past, working in the present and planning for the future are what the Trustees must do to be successful and effective. Having served as Clerk of the Trustees since the Democrats took the majority in 2016, Francis looks forward to continuing the momentum established in restoring the health of our harbors, creeks and ponds. Marine life survival, as well as clean water for our recreational use is essential to our quality of life. Francis believes that growth and development are impinging on access to our public lands and beaches. Facing these issues, as well as the forces of climate change and sea level rise, will require people with progressive minds to manage our ever-changing water bodies and shorelines. Francis believes the Democratic majority is up to the task and is working hard to get re-elected. Francis is endorsed by the Democratic and Working Families Parties.
Brian is a student of Trustee history, so he knows what a battle it has been to maintain the health and quality of East Hampton waters and its shellfish industry. Brian is completing his second term as an East Hampton Trustee having been elected in 2013 on the Democratic and Independence Party lines. Brian and his wife Kathy have lived in East Hampton for many years and have four sons, three of whom were raised in East Hampton. He is a foreman and Superintendent for 3 senior citizens housing projects in Town and is deeply committed to the community. He makes it a point to get involved as much as possible, whether as a member of the East Hampton Disability Advisory Board or as a volunteer for the East Hampton Food Pantry. One of his greatest passions is his love for the water and the everchanging coastline, which has brought him to be active and dedicated in the Trustee work to protect these resources. He is a proud member of the Amagansett Fire Department. His local knowledge and commitment to Trustee affairs will serve him well as he seeks a third term on the Trustees. Brian is endorsed by the Democratic and Working Families Parties.
Dell Cullum was born and raised in Amagansett. He spent his early years enjoying the local beaches, for both recreation and also for watching the haulseiners work. His connection to the baymen came from growing up with their children. Cullum always felt the baymen trade was part of the heritage and history of East Hampton Town, particularly in Amagansett. From long walks on the beaches of Montauk with his grandmother as a child, to his long time admiration for the beauty of Lazy Point and Napeague, this town has always been special in his heart. Cullum also has an equal compassion for the local wildlife. Spending the last 30 years in business humanely removing and relocating wildlife in six states, and as a professional photographer. He also volunteers his service for wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and education, where he shows folks how to co-exist with wildlife, rather than feel the need to eliminate it. Cullum also produces and hosts a television show called Imagination Nature, that is in it’s 4th year. Because of his love for both the beaches and the wildlife, it’s no surprise that Dell Cullum became such an advocate against the trash and litter that plagues our beautiful town. In 2014, Cullum created the annual Shoreline Sweep event where each April the community comes together to clean almost 50 miles of shoreline, of both the north and south shores of East Hampton Town, from Wainscott to Montauk Point. The success of the annual event, prompted Dell to create the equally successful Napeague Sweep and the Sunday Morning Summer Beach Clean Up Club. Cullum remains dedicated to wildlife, the environment, eradicating litter in East Hampton, and supporting the baymen and their families. These are his objectives from sunrise to sunset, each and every day. Dell is endorsed by the Democratic Party.
Rick grew up on the water and as a young man, made his living as a fisherman. He has a deep connection to our local waters and fishing heritage. Studying information technology and marine science in college gave him the opportunity to enjoy a successful business career and ultimately to refocus his time to work locally and give back to our East Hampton community. Clean water and sustaining a healthy marine environment are Rick’s priorities. He is an active supporter of the Cornell Cooperative Marine Extension and their work to protect our local waters. This year working with them he facilitated projects on Northwest Harbor, Three Mile Harbor and Napeague Harbor involving habitat restoration, shellfish seeding, and ground water studies. Working with the paddle boarding community, he was able to help organize a charity paddleboard race to raise funds for these projects. Working closely with John Barley Dunne, director of the East Hampton Shellfish Hatchery, they expanded our oyster garden program on Three Mile Harbor and Hog Creek. Rick has worked tirelessly to remediate the problems on GeorgicaPond and to support new environmental initiatives to protect WainscottPond. These projects will provide the blueprint for future environmental efforts on other local water bodies. He is working on an updated dredging plan for Trustee waterways, which considers soil compatibility, disposition sites, dredging methodologies, preferred equipment, permitting and cost. Recently with the help of the East Hampton Marine Patrol, he developed safety training and protocols for the Trustees Harbor Management Committee’s fieldwork projects such as duck blind surveys and cleanups. Working with the USCG, he organized boating safety courses and courtesy vessel inspections. Rick was the lead person on the development and release of the Trustees new Word Press based website. The information provided on the website will help to facilitate open communication between the Trustees and the community they serve. Our current Trustee board has embraced opportunities to work with local community groups on important issues including phragmite removal, dredging the Accabonac inlet to improve navigational safety, reducing the use of Methoprene spraying, and the environmental and economic impacts of the proposed Deep Water Wind Farm. We have continued the defense of public access rights and made key contributions to the ongoing Napeague lawsuits. Our waters, beaches and open spaces have been an essential part of Rick’s life. He is proud and determined to protect them and to serve our community as an East Hampton Town Trustee. Rick and his wife Susan have raised their two daughters here in East Hampton. Rick is endorsed by the Democratic, Independence, Working Families Parties.
An Amagansett resident for 29 years, Rona Klopman has been a tireless community activist and leader. Her respect and concern for our beaches, harbors and wetlands comes from her many years living near and walking along our fragile coastline. She has served on and chaired the Amagansett Citizens Advisory Committee, and served as vice-chairman and secretary of the East Hampton Democratic Committee. Rona is an active board member of Temple Adas Israel and member of the town’s Litter/Recycling Committee and member of Progressive East End Reformers a chapter of NY Progressive Action Network. She has been endorsed by the Democratic, Independence, Working Families and Women’s Equality Parties. Rona graduated from Hunter College with a degree in Mathematics and continued her education, earning two Masters degrees leading to a 30 year career teaching reading in the Jericho School District. Rona Klopman is running for Trustee because of her life-long passion for maintaining the quality of our waters and access to our magnificent beaches. To attain that goal, she believes in working for better cooperation and communication between the Trustees and the Town Board, recognizing and working with government agencies such as the State Department of Environmental Conservation, and educating the public about the duties and responsibilities of the Trustees. She is supportive of initiating legislation which will protect our natural resources and beaches so all residents are guided by the same rules and regulations. Rona is endorsed by the Democratic, Independence, Working Families, and Women’s Equality Parties.
Susan has spent most of her life on the East End, moving to East Hampton almost 40 years ago with her husband to make East Hampton a home and raise their son. Susan acquired an active relationship with and knowledge of the outdoors and environmental concerns having spent summers in Maine as a youth. Since moving to East Hampton she has come to appreciate our harbors, bays and beaches and the need to protect the wildlife habitats those areas include. She has been supportive of the Town’s Zoning and Planning efforts from the days when Judith Hope and Tony Bullock were Supervisors and believes it is of upmost importance for the Town to preserve its clean drinking water and to transition from fossil fuel dependency to renewable energy resources. Susan’s love of the ocean and the water surrounding spurred her to become a certified scuba rescue diver and underwater first responder. She has also worked to give back to her community visiting patients in hospitals and nursing homes in her spare time. Susan has been actively involved in the Accabonac Protection Committee, Surf Rider Foundation, Concerned Citizens of Montauk, East Hampton Trails Preservation Society, and the Northwest Alliance. She raised her son, Walker, in East Hampton, who is now attending law school, to be equally concerned about the protection of our environment in East Hampton. Susan has worked for the last 22 years in the real estate industry in East Hampton and is familiar with its neighborhoods and the natural beauty that makes them so desirable for year-round residents as well as our second homeowners. Susan is an accomplished writer and illustrator and looks forward to using the full panoply of her skills in working as a trustee to protect our wetlands, waterways and trails. Susan lives in Northwest Wood with her husband Paul. Susan is endorsed by the Democratic, Working Families, Women’s Equality Parties.
Francesca has been connected to East Hampton since she was young girl, when her parents built a home in Springs. She has made that home hers since 2009. An avid hiker, she loves exploring the woods, dunes and beaches of our beautiful East End. Francesca was inspired to run for office because of the Dongan Patent, which empowers the Trustees to protect our public trust. Clean water, coastal conservation and sustainable fisheries are top priorities for Francesca. She will fight to preserve responsible access to our beaches and waters and to protect our precious ecosystems from poisons and invasive species. Francesca has been a lifelong advocate for the environment: for two decades, she taught workers about workplace hazards; she reported on sustainable business as a journalist; and is host of the radio show Sustainable East End. Francesca is a proud member of East Hampton’s Sustainability Committee. As Trustee, she will listen to local fishermen, farmers, clean water and clean energy advocates and others to create win-win solutions to our common problems. She will work hard to preserve our public trust for all. Francesca is endorsed by the Democratic, Working Families and Women’s Equality Parties.
Bill has a great knowledge of East Hampton’s harbors and beaches and a record of getting things done. He was hired as East Hampton’s first Senior Harbormas-ter in 1989 and promoted to Waterways Management Supervisor in 2000. Bill was deeply involved in the creation of the Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan, the local federally designated “No Discharge Zone”, and our longstanding beach driving regulations. He has read all the Trustee Journals. For years, Bill has worked with federal, state, and county agencies and local environmental groups, helping keep our waters clean, our shellfish grounds open and our navigation channels dredged. Bill was honored to receive the Ac-cabonac Protection Committee’s prestigious “Friend of the Creek” award in 2002. Bill has been success-ful working cooperatively within all groups that must work together to improve water quality and deal with erosion. Bill was first elected to the Trustees in 2013 and is currently the Deputy Clerk. Bill is a Vietnam Veteran. Bill was a founding member of East End Vets. He is a member of the VFW and The American Legion. Bill is a patriotic American who has lived in the Springs for twenty-six years. Bill is endorsed by the Democratic, Independence, and Working Families Parties.
A native of Baldwin, New York, Jim has had a home on Shelter Island since 1976. Completing his third term as Supervisor, Jim was trained as a lawyer and practiced for twenty years before joining Supermarkets General Corporation-Pathmark Supermarkets, becoming President in 1987. His education includes Dartmouth College, Columbia Law School and Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. Jim’s priorities as Supervisor have been preserving Shelter Island’s unique environment and keeping it financially healthy. Jim served two years active duty in Europe as LTJG, US Naval Reserve. His dedication to Shelter Island has been shown in the SI Comprehensive Plan Committee, 1992-94 and Chairman of the Comprehensive Plan’s Zoning and Open Space Subcommittee; Chairman, South Fork-SI Chapter, The Nature Conservancy, 1992-95; a Founder and Chairman of the Board, The Peconic Baykeeper, 1998-2002; and Member of the Board of Directors, NY League of Conservation Voters, 1995-98. On a broader level Jim served as: Volunteer, Project Hope-State Department, in Riga, Latvia, March 1992; Volunteer, International Executive Service Corps. - In Siberia, Russia, October-December 1996 and in Cairo, Egypt, October-December 1998.
Jay Card was elected as Superintendent of Highways in 2011. His position is the second most important office in Shelter Island Town government, second only to the Supervisor. Two years ago he pledged to be a leader by delegating responsibility to his employees paired with accountability. He has developed plans for Shell Beach, used the MS-4 plan to prioritize and protect the bays and aquifers. And as promised, he has made the recycling center an organized and friendly place. The past two years have been spent evaluating operations for efficiency, identifying shared resource opportunities, and generating revenue at the recycling center. Jay Card is a local business owner (since 1982) and retired Administrative Police Sergeant. His educational background includes Suffolk County Police Academy for Supervisors (1997), Suffolk County Police Academy (1985), State University at Farmingdale (1984), and a true “local”; he graduated with the Class of 1980 at Shelter Island High School. He has been closely involved in the community in areas of sports, recreation, conservation and volunteerism. Jay and his wife, Judy have raised their three children here on Shelter Island.
“I love Huntington. It’s why I have always given back to the town – as a 15 year old candy striper at Huntington Hospital, as a member of my local school board, as a member of the town’s planning board, and as a town councilwoman. Now, as your Town Supervisor, I’m ready to fight tirelessly for our families, our seniors, and our businesses to preserve Huntington’s quality of life well into the future.”
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson was re-elected to a four-year term on the Huntington Town Board in 2013 and has served on the Huntington Town Board since January 1998. Cuthbertson has kept his pledge to put politics aside and be part of a bi-partisanship government that has marked the most significant turnaround in local government on Long Island. Throughout his term, Mark Cuthbertson has voted to reduce and stabilize taxes in Huntington by working with the other members of the Town Board, to place performance over partisanship. In recent years, he has focused on the area of economic development and job creation and has used his background in real estate law to attract several major projects in the Route 110 corridor including Canon USAand Rubie’s Costumes. This effort was recognized by the Long Island Business News as the Best Public Private Partnership for 2008. In addition, Cuthbertson has sponsored sweeping environmental legislation to preserve hillside areas in the Town, to promote renewable energy, update code enforcement and to preserve open spaces. Mark is a life-long resident of Huntington and grew up in Huntington Station. He graduated from Walt Whitman High School and attended Villanova University (BS, Business Administration, magna cum laude) and Albany Law School of Union University (JD, cum laude). He is also a graduate of the Energeia Partnership at Molloy College, a leadership institute dedicated to addressing complex and challenging issues on Long Island. He is currently a head coach in the Northport Cow Harbor Soccer League and has coached in the Northport Youth Center and Elwood Soccer Leagues. He is the recipient of a number of awards, including Long Island Business News Best Public-Private Partnership for the Canon project, the Smart Growth Visionary Award, 2007 Regional Commuter Choice Award and the 2008 Tobacco Control Champion Award. He is married to Michelle and has three children that attend school in the Harborfields School District.
For eleven years, Emily has served as a trustee on the Huntington School Board, four of those years as president and two as vice president. During that time, Emily has been a leader in the community, advocating for families and students and working collaboratively with her colleagues and the administration. She has served on several district-wide committees and was a key participant in the creation of the STEM Magnet school. Emily has valuable budgeting and negotiation experience; ever mindful of taxpayers, this year the school district’s budget was $600,000 below the state mandated tax-levy cap. In addition, Emily has participated in legislative workshops at the state and local levels, often speaking out on issues directly impacting her community.
Kevin is a 3rd generation life-long resident of Huntington, he was born in Huntington Hospital and is a graduate of Huntington High School. He is a successful business owner for over 30 years and a member in good standing of the Operating Engineers Union, Local 138, for over 40 years. His expansive knowledge in the site development industry mirrors the responsibilities of the Highway Department. Kevin has over 45 years of commercial experience working in the construction industry specializing in excavation, storm water drainage, sanitary systems, water main installation, roadwork and snow plowing. He is a seasoned contract negotiator and project manager working with labor unions, trades, contractors, engineers & architects. This experience guarantees an efficient and economical operation of the Town of Huntington’s Highway Department. With a deep-rooted passion for the Town he loves, Kevin is a natural choice for the Town of Huntington’s Highway Superintendent. Kevin is married to his wife Nancy for 41 years, they raised 3 sons and are the proud grandparents of 2 beautiful granddaughters.
Jason received a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2000, and in 2004 earned a J.D. from New York Law School. After law school, he practiced general litigation for two well-respected mid-sized law firms, one on Long Island, and another in New York City. Then he served in a management and legal role for a family-owned environmental and construction company. In 2011, combining his prior law firm experience with his construction knowledge, he returned to law firm practice joining the Litigation and Public Infrastructure & Construction group in the New York office of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. In this position he worked on legal matters arising from some of the largest public infrastructure projects in the New York City area including East Side Access (LIRR to Grand Central) and the New Tappan Zee Bridge, other high profile projects such as One World Trade Center, as well as numerous other public and private projects. In 2016, Jason started his own law firm, Fenley LLP, located in Bay Shore, where his practice is focused on construction, infrastructure and commercial matters. Building on his strong public infrastructure background and legal representation of public entities, Jason is set to earn an M.B.A. later this year with a concentration in public finance through the Rutgers School of Business. Additionally, Jason is an active member of the community both professionally and personally. Professionally, he is active in various business organizations, including the Long Island Association, the Long Island Contractors’ Association, the Long Island Builders Institute, the Hauppauge Industrial Association of Long Island, and the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Bay Shore. At home, Jason is the father to four boys, the oldest Aidan, and identical triplets, Owen, Noah and Miles (you read that correctly, identical triplets, ask and he’ll proudly show you pictures of all four boys), and husband to Kelli, an assistant principal with Nassau BOCES. Jason is also an active member of the Bay Shore Lions Club and served as the Associate Village Justice for the Village of Brightwaters until earlier this year
Samuel Gonzalez Jr, born in Brooklyn New York, has spent his career as a labor advocate representing workers across New York State. With more than 32 years of experience in the labor movement, Mr. Gonzalez has proven to be an exceptional leader; dedicated to charting a new course for the labor movement in New York City and beyond.
Laura Jens-Smith has been an active community member since moving to Laurel in 2002. She has served on numerous community boards including the Board of Education. Laura has always been there to lend a hand for her community working to spearhead new projects and initiatives. Currently, one of Laura's biggest projects is the work she does as a Project Coordinator for the North Fork Alliance. A community coalition whose goal is to reduce youth substance use. Laura was raised in Port Jefferson Station and attended Comsewogue High School; she received her Associates Degree at Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing. Upon graduation, Laura began working as a staff nurse in the Cardiac Care Unit at Beth Israel Medical Center. While working as a nurse, Laura returned to school and received her Bachelors degree from Pace University. Laura is married to her husband Robert M. Smith and they have been blessed to have two wonderful children, Molly and Ethan. Laura makes her home in the Riverhead hamlet of Laurel
George Woodson was born and raised in the Town of Riverhead. After graduating from high school he enlisted in the United States Army, where for four years he served as a Police Traffic Accident Investigator. Returning home, Mr. Woodson was hired by the Riverhead Highway Department, where he rose through the ranks to Crew Leader. In 2006 he ran for the office of Highway Superintendent, losing by just fifty votes. Not a man to give up, he ran again in 2008 and won. Mr. Woodson feels that his 20 years of experience in the Highway Department has helped him to make many improvements as Highway Superintendent.
Catherine Kent is a lifelong resident of Riverhead and the mother of three. After graduating from High School, she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Central Methodist University and then obtained a Master of Liberal Arts Degree from Stony Brook University. She recently retired from a 31 year teaching career in Riverhead Schools.
Michele Lynch resides in Riverhead with her husband of 35 years, Tom, a retired Riverhead Police Sargent. She and Tom are the proud parents of Patrick a NYPD Sargent, their daughter in-law, Krista Fuerman Lynch and granddaughter, Maddie.
Derek Bossen is a landscape designer and horticulturist with degrees in Ornamental Horticulture from SUNY Farmingdale and Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia. Derek is a life-long environmentalist, working for the LI State Park Commission for almost ten years before moving to the North Fork 17 years ago, returning to the area where he spent summers growing up.
Mary Eisenstein lives with her husband Mel Morris in Mattituck. She is a communications expert, business strategist, conflict management consultant and mediator. Mary owns her own business, Melmar Enterprises, through which she works with individuals, companies and organizations to improve interpersonal and organizational communication. She also provides business and personal coaching and is an effective motivator. She introduced mediation to Southold Town Justice Court where she has volunteered as a mediator for a number years. Mary will use these skills to serve the community on the Town board.
Debbie O’Kane is a 25-year resident of Southold Town, choosing to make Orient her home after spending many summers following her family’s long tradition of vacationing in the hamlet of East Marion. A familiar face on the North Fork, Debbie has been employed at many local businesses, from retirement counselor and marketing and public relations coordinator at Peconic Landing to restaurant and retail management to real estate office administration to management of a medical office. She is also a member of the Southold Rotary Club, a co-president of the Southold Town Democratic Club, president of the board of the North Fork Audubon Society and a member of the Southold Town’s Housing Advisory Commission.
Damon Peter Rallis, a North Fork native tracing his roots to Southold's early settlers, has vast experience in our local government, its laws, and its history. An employee of the Town of Southold since 2001, he is well-versed in all facets of town government, and has the institutional knowledge, as well as the high-demand public and customer service experience necessary to perform the duties of the position of Southold Town Assessor.
Dr. Elizabeth C. Smith has a BA in Communication Arts from Villanova University, an MPA in Conservation Policy from Columbia University, and a PhD in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from the University of Rhode Island. Her career in conservation has spanned both non-profit and academic sectors. From 2003 to 2008, she worked for the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society, where she assisted with grant writing and evaluated programs and policies. She spent the next five years in Rhode Island, focusing on a variety of topics of concern to coastal areas, including economic valuation of ecosystem restoration and watershed management plans.
Amy Fortunato bio:
Whether it’s business experience as a project manager at Citibank or church leadership or community organizing towards ‘Smart Growth’ in the Town of Smithtown, Amy Fortunato understands the importance of personal outreach and has demonstrated her willingness to work to identify and address the needs of others in the corporate world and our local community.
After business school and her work experience in the financial industry, Amy chose to utilize her skills through ethical business practices within the banking community to further enhance morale and team involvement. She facilitated the advancements of disadvantaged youth and led efforts to assist others in finding their own paths to opportunities and careers.
Amy has been married to her husband Joe for 27 years and they have lived in Smithtown for decades, where they raised their children.
Amy Fortunato continues to reach out to address issues of concern, whether it is door to door in her neighborhood or publicly taking these issues to the Town Board of Smithtown.
She and the SMITHTOWNFORWARD team are prepared to transform our local town government. Amy will work as a member of the Town Board to identify and focus her attention towards practical results for the citizens of Smithtown as she continues to reach out to our community.
Amy will be on the Democratic Party ballot line, the Working Families Party line and the Women's Equality line on Election Day, November 7, 2017.
With her experience as a teacher and her involvement in many community activities, Patty Stoddard possesses the leadership qualities necessary to be a highly effective member of the Smithtown Town Board. Throughout her experiences as an educator, business owner, soccer coach, and involvement in the community, Patty has demonstrated an ability to welcome input, work as a team member, and find solutions. Her established record of setting and achieving goals provides the foundation for her to, along with the other members of the SMITHTOWNFORWARD team, revitalize the downtowns of Smithtown and create transparency in local government while welcoming community involvement in public decision-making.
Born and raised in Smithtown with his younger brother by working class parents, Justin Smiloff learned early on the value of hard work, teamwork, and perseverance. He graduated from Hauppauge High School with an Academic Letter and participated in many extra curricular activities, all while working a part-time job at a local movie theater.
A Long Island native, Legislator Jay Schneiderman lives in Southampton Town and is the proud father of two children. After graduating high school, Jay earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Ithaca College and then obtained a Master of Arts degree in Education from the State University of New York at Cortland.
My family has lived on the east end of Long Island for over 100 years. I am a graduate of Hampton Bays High School, Class of 1980. I attended college at the Florida Institute of Technology. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Air Commerce/Flight Technology, and earned my Commercial pilots license, with multi-engine and instrument ratings. After college, I worked for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for 15 years. I first worked in the Aeronautical Services Section, designing runway and taxiway lighting systems for the three major NY metro area airports (JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark airports). I received a commendation from the Office of the Mayor of New York City for my efforts. I then worked as the grant manager for the Aviation Technical Services Division. I managed a multi-million dollar grant program, which funded projects at the PANYNJ airports.
Bill Pell has been working on the waterways in many aspects since he was a young man. He has owned a commercial fishing vessel, managed a commercial fish dock, owned a marina and most recently raised oysters from seed. Along with being the newest trustee, he also manages several estates on the east end of Long Island. Bill currently resides in Southampton with his wife and two daughters.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is a proud New York Democrat. She is running a grassroots campaign to fix our economy and improve life for the middle class and working families across New York. Kirsten remains committed to bringing her grassroots campaign to every New Yorker and working tirelessly on behalf of the Empire State.
NYS Executive Branch
Throughout his life, Andrew Cuomo has been a forceful voice for change in New York. His lifelong commitment to hard work, public service, and the people he serves has led to Andrew's recognition as a true innovator and a principled and determined leader.
Former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul enthusiastically accepted Governor Cuomo’s call to return to public service by running as his choice for Lt. Governor. She is currently traveling across New York, listening to the concerns of citizens, elected officials, small business owners and farmers. Once elected, Kathy plans to focus her attention on continuing the success of the Governor and work with the Regional Economic Development Councils to attract and retain business to create much-needed jobs, and address the skills gap to ensure our citizens, particularly in pockets of poverty, have access to the higher-paying jobs.
On February 7, 2007, Thomas P. DiNapoli was sworn in as the 54th Comptroller of the State of New York. Since taking office, Tom has fought to protect taxpayers -- aggressively identifying government waste, holding public and private institutions accountable, and working to restore the public’s trust in the Comptroller’s office.
Eric T. Schneiderman was elected the 65th Attorney General of New York State on November 2, 2010. As Attorney General, Schneiderman is the highest ranking law enforcement officer for the State, responsible for representing New York and its residents in legal matters. Schneiderman has worked to restore the public’s faith in its public and private sector institutions by focusing on areas including public integrity, economic justice, social justice and environmental protection.
Assemblyman Thiele has sponsored additional successful initiatives to allow commercial fishermen to replace older vessels with slightly larger ones to compete with out of state fishermen. He was a proponent of the original STAR program to reduce school taxes and, he is a prime sponsor of legislation (“School Taxpayer Protection Act”) that would cap property tax levies at 4% or 120% of the Consumer Price Index.
Assemblyman Steve Englebright's background in science and education brings a unique and useful perspective to the State Legislature. With professional training as a geologist and biologist, Assemblyman Englebright’s skill at translating technical concepts and findings into innovative public policy has enabled him to help shape laws that have practical relevance to our lives and health. For example, Assemblyman Englebright’s Pesticide Use Reporting Act of 1996 is advancing study of the possible link between pesticides and breast and other cancers.
Philip Ramos represents the 6th Assembly District, which includes portions of the hamlets of Brentwood, Baywood, Central Islip, Bay Shore, North Bay Shore, Islip and Islandia. He was elected to a newly created Assembly seat in 2002.
As a mother, educator and community leader Christine Pellegrino directly understands the challenges facing Long Island’s families.
As an elementary school reading teacher for the past twenty five years, Christine has shown leadership by regularly organizing and facilitating team meetings with colleagues and serving as the outreach coordinator for her department. She communicates with various groups throughout the school community, working with those students who are identified as being at-risk for reading below grade level and regularly advocating for their needs in various settings. Her commitment and dedication to our children has been recognized by both colleagues and parents.
No stranger to Albany, as the Political Action Chair, she attends the annual NYSUT sponsored Lobby Days to participate in the direct lobbying of local lawmakers on specific issues facing educators and has also organized and implemented a successful annual tradition of lobbying in Albany by a coalition of various stakeholder groups.
As a leader of the Opt Out movement Christine has advocated and organized against standardization from Albany that harms our children. She has fought for funding for education and believes that Long Island’s families deserve their fair share of dollars from Albany.
A proud mother of two children in middle school, Christine earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education in 1991 and her Master of Science Degree in Education: Reading Specialist in 1998. She also received an Education Professional Diploma, School Supervision & Administration in 2012.
Kimberly Jean-Pierre the daughter of parents who migrated from Haiti to the United States. After high school, she attended Brooklyn College, and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in 2005. In pursuit of her Master’s Degree she attended Stony Brook University, earning her Master of Science in Public Policy in 2007. Kimberly Jean-Pierre has a passion for working with people and by utilizing her interpersonal skills she has proven she gets things done.