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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.
Kate Browning is a Democratic candidate for the 2018 election to represent New York’s 1st Congressional District, a seat held by Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin. Kate served as a Suffolk County Legislator representing the 3rd district where she fought for Suffolk County’s working families. She successfully controlled spending and held the line on taxes, cracked down on illegal housing and made protecting our precious environment a focus.
Elaine spent 21 years as a federal contractor and project manager at the Brookhaven National Lab, delivering world-leading solutions in energy, environment, and health. Combining engineering and biological expertise, Elaine developed new ways of seeing synthetic and biological materials at Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Perry Gershon is not a career politician. He’s a successful businessman who is disturbed by a Washington political class that cares more about themselves than the American people. Outraged by Congressman Lee Zeldin’s agenda, including his vote to dismantle health care protections for millions of Americans, Perry decided to do something about it – leave the private sector and run as a Democratic candidate for New York’s 1st Congressional District.
David grew up in Patchogue, where his family moved to from New York City when he was four. He was Valedictorian at Patchogue Medford High School in 1986, went on to get his BA in political science from Hunter College, and a Masters in International Development at American University in Washington DC.
Highlights of Vivian's Legislative Achievements: 1999 Prime sponsor Acquisition of Open Space at Forsythe Meadow Woods. 2000 Prime sponsor of Local Law to limit CO2 emissions from power plants in order to reduce Greenhouse Gases.
Liuba has spent her career leading organizations to empower working families both at home and abroad. She has forged partnerships between nonprofits, government, and businesses to tackle issues including economic development, access to health care, paid family leave, and government transparency.
Born and raised on the South Shore of Long Island, the son of a World War II Veteran and a community health nurse, DuWayne Gregory was inspired to serve his country and community at a young age, enlisting in the United States Army and rising to the rank of 1st Lieutenant where he served with distinction before returning to Long Island.
Tom Suozzi, a CPA and attorney, has served as mayor of his hometown, Glen Cove, NY from 1994-2001 and as Nassau County Executive from 2002-2009. Prior to Suozzi taking office, Nassau County was on the brink of bankruptcy and declared the “worst run county in America” by the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Suozzi successfully steered Nassau back from financial collapse and restored it to fiscal stability. In 2005, he was honored as Governing Magazine’s “Public Official of the Year.”
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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.
Born in New York City, Greg Fischer (on the ballot as Gregory-John Fischer) relocated to Calverton after the events of 9/11/2001. Greg was a 9/11 volunteer responder (who is on the 9/11 health registry). Greg is a single father of four children: Adam (30), Andrew (28), Clark (12) and Anna (9). Clark and Anna were actually born in their home in Calverton; they are now students in Riverhead. Greg is an anti common core advocate. [Be sure to ask Greg for a FREE bumper sticker to show your support for ending common core.] Professionally, Greg is a consultant to businesses, not-for-profits, and government. He also is a pro bono mentor/counselor/consultant with SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives, US Small Business Administration, US Dept of Commerce). With SCORE Greg is able to do business turnarounds, transitions to new generations of owners (even to employee owned), and startups (including getting people off unemployment and into their own businesses). As a consultant, Greg works to improve all business tasks including accounting, manufacturing, marketing, customer service, logistics, product design, safety, quality, computer software, goal setting and planning, productivity…etc.
Brian Burns lives in Coram, NY with his partner Joey of 11 years and his 10 year-old shorkie named Cody. Brian has lived on Long Island for most of his 29 years and has a strong family and friends network that supports him. He loves living on Long island because it is such a unique and special place in the country. He has worked in several different organizations throughout the island in the private-sector. He has several years of experience working in human resources, the education field and various retail establishments as well. Through the skills and talents Brian brings to the table, he has a unique perspective on society, culture and politics. Brian believes that if you work hard, educate and enrich yourself in everything that life has to offer, that you should be able to chart your journey in a dynamic and sustainable way. Also, he believes in supporting others goals, finding the good in other people and harnessing those qualities to make everyone's life more enjoyable.
A lifelong Long Islander, Kathleen A. Cleary grew up in Massapequa Park and currently resides in East Northport with her husband and teenage daughter. She holds a degree in business administration from Adelphi and, more recently, earned a degree in horticulture technology management from Farmingdale State College in 2016. Today, she serves as a horticulturist for Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River, where she manages grant research and applications, along with native plantings.
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.
Legislator Lou D’Amaro was first sworn into office in January 2006 is currently in his fourth term in the Suffolk County Legislature, where he represents the 17th Legislative District, which includes parts of Huntington Station, Huntington, South Huntington, Dix Hills, Melville, West Hills, Deer Park and North Babylon. He is Chairman of the Ways & Means Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Parks & Recreation and Economic Development & Energy Committees of the Legislature.
Jim Gaughran’s decades of experience as a public official and as an attorney makes him uniquely qualified to take on the special interests in Albany as the next State Senator from the 5th District.
A lifelong resident of Long Island, John E. Brooks has devoted his life to giving back to his community. In November 2016, the people elected him to continue his service in the New York State Senate. For more than 45 years, Senator Brooks has been an active volunteer firefighter with the Seaford, Medford and Lindenhurst Fire Departments, previously serving as Seaford's Chief of Department. In addition to his work for the fire department, Senator Brooks served on the Seaford Board of Education for a total of six years, acting as Vice President from 1997-1999. Prior to Superstorm Sandy, Senator Brooks was the Chairman of the Long Island Hurricane Symposium Programs where he worked hand-in-hand with hurricane experts and the National Weather Services to evaluate risk on Long Island.
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.
I’ve lived on Long Island's North Shore all my life, and I’ve lived in Smithtown for the last ten years with my wife Terri. We were married in 1983 and have two boys. David Jr. is an actor and producer living in Brookly. William, our first bornis in heaven now from chronic use of heroin. I am a software engineer (38 years) with a masters degree in Business Administration (MBA), and a certified Project Management Professional. I am a "Person In Recovery" (est. 1980). And I am the father of an addict who passed away in 2016 due to the opioid crisis. Since William left us, I have advocated for the recovery movement with LIRA, FIST, and LI-CAN.
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.
Steve Stern is honored to have served as a Suffolk County Legislator, and is proud of his record which includes many innovative “First in the Nation” and “First in New York State” legislative accomplishments. Keeping his promise to the hard-working families who call Long Island home, Steve has held the line on taxes, refused perks, and worked with his colleagues across party lines and across all levels of government to maintain essential services, protect our quality of life and preserve our environment for generations to come.
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.
Councilwoman Joan Cergol is a lifelong resident of Huntington widely known as a knowledgeable and compassionate advocate for the betterment of her hometown and its residents. In addition to her common sense approach and well-developed problem solving skills, Joan brings to the Council seat a wealth of Town knowledge and experience with sixteen years of executive level economic and community development public service to Huntington. Joan’s government service is preceded by 18 years of public and private sector management level positions in public relations and marketing, including her own business.
Jillian Guthman, Esq. was appointed Receiver of Taxes in December 2017, replacing Ester Bivona, who retired. Immediately prior to being named Tax Receiver, Jillian served for 10 years as Director of the Town’s Human Services Department, and in several prior positions in the Town Attorney's Office. A lifelong resident of Huntington, Jillian graduated from Huntington High School. She went on to St. John’s University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and to Touro College’s Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, where she earned her law degree. She has been licensed to practice law for more than 20 years.
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.