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About Us

Rich Schaffer - Chairman

Over 1,000 Suffolk residents of Suffolk's ten towns are members of the Suffolk County Democratic Committee. We are the volunteers whose grassroots activities give our candidates the edge in tough campaigns. We are united by principles and philosophy and we work together to make sure that our elected officials embody our beliefs. The County Democratic structure includes:

Leadership and Staff

  • Rich Schaffer - Chairman
  • Anthony LaPinta - 1st Vice Chair
  • James "Butch" Langhorn - 2nd Vice Chair
  • Kristina Ramos Vasquez - 3rd Vice Chair
  • Larry Silverman - 4th Vice Chair
  • Robin Long - 5th Vice Chair
  • Gerry Pallotta - 6th Vice Chair
  • Debbie Monaco - Secretary
  • James Anthony - Treasurer
  • Matt Jennings - Executive Director
  • Ross Slotnick- Deputy Finance Director

Executive Committee

This committee knows well that effective political leadership encourages and inspires and is based on our common beliefs. As they go about the business of raising money, screening candidates and organizing conventions the Executive Committee knows that knows that the success of the Suffolk Democratic Party is due to the work and dedication of many persons.

Appointed Members

  • Jeanne O'Rourke - Law Committee Chair
  • Nan Lombardi - Womens' Caucus Chair
  • Sal Loiacono - Labor Committee Chair
  • Juli Owens - Gay & Lesbian Committee Chair
  • Dafny Irizarry - Black & Hispanic Committee Chair
  • Ross Slotnick - Young Democrats Committee Chair

At Large Members

  • Anita Katz
  • Linda Labbate
  • Kenneth Beskin
  • Arlene Samos
  • Floyd Sarisohn
  • Jay Schoenfeld
  • Bridget Middleton
  • Terrence Pearsall

State Democratic Committee

Suffolk has 22 representatives on the New York State Democratic Committee. Two State committee persons from each of Suffolk's 11 Assembly Districts vote in our name at State conventions.

Town Democratic Committees

Each of Suffolk's ten towns has its own Democratic Committee, with a chairperson and officers who serve the Town's Democratic committee persons. Towns are geographically divided into Election Districts and each district has two Democratic committee persons, responsible to serve the voters in that neighborhood. Town committee members are simultaneously members of the Suffolk County Democratic Committee.