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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Francis believes that the Town Trustee holdings are precious, sensitive resources. Without them, East Hampton would not be the treasure it is. He believes in balancing fair and equal use of these public areas while preserving them for nature’s needs. 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 remembering the past, working in the present and planning for the future are what the Trustees must do to be effective.
My wife Kathy and I have lived in East Hampton for a long time and we have four boys – three of which were born and raised in East Hampton. I am currently the Foreman superintendent for three wonderful senior citizen housing projects- Windmill I, Windmill II and St Michael’s. I am deeply committed to this community and make it a point to get involved as much as possible. I am a member of the East Hampton Disability Advisory Board as well as a volunteer of the East Hampton Food Pantry. But my love for the water, and ever changing coastline has brought me to be an avid follower of the Trustees and the wonderful work they do. I think being endorsed by both the Democratic and Independence Parties this year shows my commitment and I promise if elected I will be an advocate for our community and a truly dedicated Trustee.
An Amagansett resident for 27 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, president of the Amagansett East Association, and member of the town's Litter/Recycling Committee.
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.
Tracey Edwards is a lifelong Huntington resident. She was born in Huntington Station, was raised in Elwood and currently lives in Dix Hills. By living in 3 distinct communities within Huntington, Tracey learned that every area has their own characteristics and needs. As Councilwoman, she will reach out, listen, learn and be accessible to all communities within the Town of Huntington.
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.
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.
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.
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 town employee since 2001, he is well-versed in all facets of town government, with expertise in both local and state codes.
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.
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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.
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.