As County Executive, Bellone is using that same approach to reduce Suffolk's debt, improve Suffolk's business environment and keep taxes low. Bellone is serious about property tax reforms to reduce the burden on homeowners which is why he supports Governor Cuomo's property tax cap. And Bellone thinks it's a shame that young people are leaving Long Island at record rates due the high cost of housing and the lack of good-paying jobs. That's why he will incentivize businesses to move to Suffolk County and help young people stay by creating good jobs and making it less expensive to live here.
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.
David Bligh was born and raised on Long Island. Growing up in Ronkonkoma, his mother was a nursery school teacher and his father worked in manufacturing. In order to pay his way through school, David worked with his father in a family-owned manufacturing plant. David lives in Holbrook with his wife, Elizabeth, a stay-at-home Mom, and their three young children. He is a civil engineering graduate of the University of Delaware and professional engineer in the state of New York. For fifteen years, David has worked as an environmental engineer at a Suffolk County consulting firm, investigating properties for the presence of soil, groundwater, and soil vapor contamination and designing the cleanup plans and treatment systems to protect both the environment and members of our community. David has been an advocate for his community fighting to improve the lives of his neighbors by being heavily involved in local civic and charitable organizations whether it be Habitat for Humanity, St. Jude's Children's Hospital, or several local community leaders running for political office.
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.
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.
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 was the Mayor of Brightwaters. His term as Mayor was 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.
Jan Singer spent decades vigorously advocating for people she represented, putting the interests of the individuals for whom she served as attorney before all other interests. Ms. Singer used her skills as negotiator, counselor, mediator and advocate for decades to represent clients in matrimonial, estate, and real estate matters and now she is ready, willing and able to use those valuable skills on behalf of the residents of the 13th Legislative District of Suffolk County.
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 Councilmember, Susan’s door is always open. She has worked tirelessly to make the town’s government open, accessible and responsive, bringing Town Board, Zoning Board and Planning Board meetings to everyone’s home through the creation of the Town of Huntington TV Channel. Susan has distinguished herself as an effective advocate for our entire community.
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.
Having developed an appreciation for the usefulness of mediation within the judicial system and the necessary skills to work as an expert neutral, Schiavoni changed the focus of Harum and Harum in 2001 exclusively to that of alternative dispute resolution, working as a mediator and arbitrator from offices in Miami, Florida and Sag Harbor, New York.
I am committed to treating all Family Court litigants with dignity and respect and ensuring that they receive the services they need to help them through their family crisis. The Suffolk County Family Court is a civil court that handles matters involving Custody, Visitation, Orders of Protection, Juvenile Delinquents, Persons in Need of Supervision, Adoptions, Neglect, Abuse and Guardianships. Litigants come to the Family Court because of a shift in their family dynamic that requires legal intervention.
Ed Hennessey grew up in Mastic Beach, graduated from William Floyd High School, and continued his education at Touro College and St. John’s University where he earned his Law Degree. Ed is a former Assemblyman and Brookhaven Town Councilman where he concentrated on community redevelopment and planning initiatives, such as upgrading the Town’s infrastructure with federal highway projects and adopting local laws to change and improve land use. Prior to his public service, Ed was a prosecutor in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Presently Ed Hennessey is an Assistant County Attorney in Family Court.
Councilwoman Jacqueline A. Gordon was born in Jamaica, West Indies and migrated to this country with her family when she was 7 years old. She grew up in Queens, NY where she attended public schools. After high school, Jackie attended the City University of New York’s Hunter College graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Health Education. In 1997, Councilwoman Gordon completed her Master of Science in Counselor Education at Queens College. Immediately upon graduation, Jackie was offered and accepted her current position as a Guidance Counselor at Wilson Technological Center in Farmingdale. In June 2006, Jackie received her professional diploma in Educational Leadership from Queens College. This is her 27th year in education.
Councilman Terence McSweeney is a lifelong resident of the Town of Babylon. Born and raised in North Babylon, McSweeney graduated North Babylon High School in 1996. He and his family recently moved to Babylon Village, where he now resides with his wife and two young daughters. McSweeney has been an active member of the Babylon community for some time. He has been volunteer fireman in North Babylon since 2000. In addition to this, he also spent time in several different roles, including: President of the Parkdale Civic Association in North Babylon (2013-2016), Treasurer of the North Babylon Chamber of Commerce (2015-2016), Trustee of the Suffolk County Parks Department (2014-2018), Ambassador for the Town of Babylon Beautification Program (2014-2018) and Special Assistant to Supervisor Rich Schaffer (2016-2017).
People like me don't get to become Brookhaven Town Supervisor. I'm a 9-5 railroad commuter, Selden homeowner and married father of two who knows what it's like to struggle. Our current Supervisor has been in elected office for over 30 years. The Town Board, controlled by one party, is a hotbed of favor-trading and nepotism.
I'm Anthony Portesy, Democratic Candidate for Brookhaven Town Highway Superintendent. In 2017, my grassroots campaign shook up the political establishment. Walking door to door meeting thousands of Brookhaven residents from the Centereach to Center Moriches resulted in meeting many voters who are disenchanted with the Highway Department leadership. Almost 40,000 voters from all political stripes supported me in my efforts to bring transparency to our government.
Dom Pascual is a financial crimes attorney, bank compliance officer, patriot, and an commisioned 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).
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.
As a mother of three young children, I have a vested interest in the future of our community. As a scientist and environmentalist, I am also poignantly aware of how critical issues such as water quality on Long Island are. In lieu of many of the poor policy decisions being made, I have decided that it was time I stood up and took action. Brookhaven Town is my home. It is where my three children were born and where I am raising them. I will strive to give them a future that I, and the rest of the community, can be proud of.
As I was growing up in Pakistan, education was the top priority for my family. My dad, Dr. A.C.S. Gilani, was Chancellor of Education with a doctorate degree in Persian language . My mom, Professor Akhtar Gilani, was an English professor. Three brothers are engineers and one brother and three sisters are all physicians. As for me, I am a retired English teacher with forty years of teaching experience. I migrated to NYC in February 1979 with my thirteen-month-old son, Mohammad Salman Hamdani. As an immigrant, life is extremely tough. I worked in a warehouse. My husband, Saleem Hamdani, worked in a junkyard. My family worked very hard to achieve The American Dream. We bought a small business and worked 24/7. In 1989 we bought our own house in Bayside and moved in on Christmas Day.
Cheryl A. Felice is a past President of Suffolk County AME (Association of Municipal Employees) the largest public sector labor union in Suffolk County. She currently serves as a Fund Administrator of the employee Benefit Fund. Cheryl is recognized by the Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk and by the Brookhaven Rosa Parks Democratic Association, for her commitment to diversity in the community and the workplace. She was honored by March of Dimes as “Labor Leader of the Year” and Distinguished Alumna for St. Joseph’s College, after earning an MBA in Organizational Management. Currently Cheryl is President of the South Country School District Board of Education.
After ten years as a military family, my husband I moved to Patchogue Village 17 years ago in order to raise our two sons near our parents and close to the beaches and parks we grew up exploring. I am a credentialed Parent Peer Advocate and Parent Educator with ten year's experience in Suffolk County's children's mental health system. My life has been centered around helping families--first my own, as my oldest son has an autism diagnosis and my younger son lives with a primary autoimmune disorder--then other families within the mental health world. At the same time, I supported my parents as they aged in place and helped them navigate the hospice system. Now I hope to help families throughout Brookhaven so that our town is an even better place to live and raise a family.
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 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.
As the son of an immigrant and a dedicated East Hampton schoolteacher, I learned to work hard and savor the beauty and diversity of our community. I attended John Marshall, the Middle School and East Hampton High School, graduating Class of 1994. Throughout my 42 years, I have been molded by the traditions and values that my family, neighbors, teachers, and friends, bestowed upon me. Rachel and I have made our home in Springs with our four young daughters aged eleven to 15 months. Together we own and operate two local businesses, East Hampton Physical Therapy in downtown Montauk and East Hampton Kayak & Fitness. So I know firsthand the every day struggles working families face.
Having grown up in Florida, it has been said that Sylvia puts the charm in “Southern.” She and husband Steve have lived in Amagansett for 31 years. Sylvia has a bachelor’s degree in biology. She has taught middle school biology, been a manager for Macy’s, where she met Steve, and, while living in Atlanta, started her own business baking restaurant cheesecakes. The business was sold profitably just before she and Steve moved to Amagansett full-time. Their two sons, Alec and Andrew, are graduates of Amagansett Elementary and East Hampton Middle School and High School. Alec married Blake in a ceremony at the Amagansett Presbyterian Church with the bride’s father officiating!
The Strong family is delighted to be making their life here in East Hampton and are committed to our Town’s long-term well being. Andrew and his wife, Rachael Faraone, have made Springs their home with their three small children — Henry 4, Max 3, and Ella 7 months.
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.
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.
John Aldred was elected Town Trustee in 2017. For the past 46 years he has worked largely on and around the water as: 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.
Ben was born and raised in East Hampton, and now lives in Montauk with his wife Leah and their two young children. After graduating East Hampton High School and Green Mountain College, with a degree in environmental studies, Ben worked for many years in his father’s construction business. Now Ben is an insurance agent at the local firm, Amaden Gay Agencies. He also serves as an elected East Hampton Democratic Committee member.
Mike Martinsen is an oyster farmer and fisherman by trade, and a surfer, diver and nature enthusiast at heart. He is a founding partner of the Montauk Shellfish Company Inc. and now owner of the Montauk Pearl Oyster Farm.
Virtually every free moment of Rick Drew’s life has been spent on the waters of Eastern Long Island. He is passionate about fishing and as a young man earned his first paychecks hard clamming and scalloping.
Jim Grimes is a fourth-generation resident of Montauk, raising a fifth generation, his three children, with his wife. In 1978 he established James C. Grimes Land Design Inc., a landscape design firm, specializing in re-establishment of local plant communities as well as owning Fort Pond Native Plants Inc.
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.
Tim has been an East Hampton resident since 2001 residing in the Northwest Woods with his wife, Courtney and three kids: Henry, Burton and Lola — all in East Hampton Public Schools. Tim and his family volunteer at Ditch Plains for AWOW (A Walk on Water) surf therapy for children and adults with special needs.
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.
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.
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.
Simon Saks is running for the Office of Huntington Town Clerk. He is running to encourage others to better connect with Our Town, and he seeks to implement new technology and new ideas into the role of Town Clerk, and to build on the fine tradition of the Office. He brings his education and experience as a Syracuse University and CUNY Law Graduate, and as a former District Adjudication Officer, where he Adjudicated Citizenship applications. Simon also attended Harvard University in the Special Student (Non-Degree) Program of the Graduate School of Arts in Science where he studied Ethics in Government.
Tom Murray grew up in Sayville, New York, a hamlet on the South Shore of Long Island in Suffolk County. As a kid growing up in a small town along the Great South Bay, Tom developed an early appreciation of what it means to have a strong sense of community. Even before he graduated from Sayville High School, where he was student body president, he knew he would come back after college to raise his family with those same small town values.
After nearly 30 years in the United States, Jorge Guadron’s personal story represents the essence of the American Dream. Born in El Salvador, Guadron came to the United States as a teenager in 1980 fleeing political violence with his mother and siblings following his father’s death. He became an American citizen in 1995 and married his wife Irma the following year. He is the proud father of five and grandfather of eight children.
One thing most defines Leigh-Ann Barde – she’s a mom. At first, Barde, the mother of four boys, two with special needs, was a stay-at-home mom and little league coach. Until she discovered something – the only way to ensure her children received the support they were entitled to from their school and town government, would be to become something more – an advocate.
As the son of a disabled World War II veteran, Joe Fritz came of age with a powerful example of duty and sacrifice that shaped his own sense of purpose. As a college student and young adult, he sought out experiences that strengthened and focused his purpose and developed the skills that have made him an effective advocate for others. After attending high school in Brentwood, Fritz obtained degrees from Suffolk Community College and Hofstra University, where he studied History. It was a tumultuous time in America. Fritz’ twin brother George joined the Peace Corps.
Donovan Currey was born on the island of Jamaica, but he dreamed of becoming an American citizen. After studying business at the University of Jamaica, he joined the Jamaican government, but his dream persisted. So, in 1988, he and his wife Viva came to the United States. Currey worked hard and in 1995 became a citizen.
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.
Diane Wilhelm was born and raised in Riverhead and attended Riverhead schools. First appointed to the office of Town Clerk in November 2008, she was then elected to that office in November 2009. Her current four year term expires December 31, 2015. Prior to becoming Town Clerk, Ms. Wilhelm had worked in the Town Clerk's office for over 9 years, 7 of which as Deputy Town Clerk. In addition to Clerk, she is also the Record Management Officer, Registrar of Vital Statistics, Marriage Officer, and Notary Public for the Town of Riverhead.
Tara Taylor is a homemaker with 2 sons; Tyr’k and Edwin 22 & 17 respectively her youngest being a Senior in Riverhead High School. She has been affiliated with Riverhead town for over 2 decades. She obtained her Associate of Science degree in Accounting from Suffolk Community College, Riverhead, New York. Then having decided to continue her education transferred to St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, New York acquiring a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Accounting. She is detail oriented, has good organizational/time management skills, and can work well independently or within a group setting. Those abilities combined with her educational achievements are all essential components needed for Ms. Taylor to perform the job of Town Assessor effectively and efficiently.
Pat Snyder has been working on behalf of the Town of Riverhead since 1995 when she began to focus on community development through the arts at East End Arts Council. She led the growth of East End Arts with major program expansion and $1.2 million in capital improvements to multi-award winning status over her tenure. As Executive Director through 2018, she garnered national attention via the National Arts Destination Marketing Award for the collaborative creation of Winterfest Jazz on the Vine, a cultural tourism initiative bringing an annual $1 million in economic impact for the North Fork during the slow winter months. Pat has lived in the Riverhead area for thirty years. Her two children Kristen and Dan are Riverhead School District graduates. Kristen is a teacher in Riverhead Schools. Along with her grandchildren Summer and Dillon, her family provides on-going bragging rights.
Born Diane Callan, raised in Riverhead, I grew up on a farm and working at a farmstand. I am now raising my family here and am dedicated to our community. It is my honor and my privilege to run for Town Council. To be a part of a vibrant future Riverhead.
Gerry Siller served two very productive terms as Shelter Island Town Supervisor and is a successful local businessman. In Gerry’s own words, “It’s been 18 years since I was in office. I believe the time is right for me to get back involved with the Town again. We’re still talking about some of the same issues we were back then (water quality, deer management, housing), as well as some new ones (short term rentals, infrastructure). While in office, I was able to work with the Town Board to address issues and act on them. I was in a position to lead and get things done, and we did. The time to address the issues at hand is now and I believe I am the right person to lead the Town Board and get things done.”
Brian Sherman, candidate for Shelter Island Highway Superintendent brings years of experience to the position. Currently a Foreman at the Highway Department/Transfer Station he has served the public since 1989. He has 30 years of experience that includes the capping and closing of the landfill and he worked building the new highway building. He runs the Hazmat program and the scale house program and has experience with accounts receivable and billing. He assisted Highway Superintendent Jay Card with their Green Day annual educational presentation in addition to numerous tasks. Mr. Sherman has extensive knowledge of equipment, scheduling, negotiations of recyclables and budgeting. A lifelong Islander, he looks forward to his new role.
James Colligan (Jimmy) was elected as Shelter Island Town Councilman in November 2015. His sound educational background includes a BS from Niagara University, a Masters from Adelphi and a Diploma in School Administration from Hofstra. A Vietnam and Desert Storm Veteran, he is a recipient of two Bronze Stars which brought him to the rank of Colonel, US Army. After a long career in education and coaching, and many years of local volunteer work, he entered political office. In his own words, “It has been a privilege to serve as your councilman. My involvement on five major town committees has been both challenging and rewarding. My commitment to improving water quality, community housing initiatives, the infrastructure, lower tick-density, as well as updating and adopting a comprehensive plan, are my major goals for a 2nd term. This requires a vision, leadership, hard work, as well as being a problem solver. I ask for your support and welcome the challenges that lie ahead.”
Mike Bebon, candidate for Town Council, holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from New York University, an MBA from the University of Utah, and is a Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in New York State. Before joining BNL he was Chief Engineer at the USDA Plum Island Animal Disease Center and a consultant on biological safety laboratory design to the United Nations World Health Organization. A Vietnam Era Veteran, Mr. Bebon is a retired Colonel, U.S. Air Force, with 28 years of service, including 23 years with the NY Air National Guard, 2 years with the USAF Reserve, and 3 years active duty USAF. Following his many years of military service, Mike has always been committed to community service. On Shelter Island, he has served on the Board of the South Ferry Hills Association and was a member of the Shelter Island Housing Commission. He is a currently a member of the Shelter Island Community Housing Board and the Board of Trustees of the Shelter Island Public Library Society. He also serves as the Risk Manager for Our Lady of the Isle Parish.
Craig Wood has been professionally serving as Shelter Island Town Assessor following his election in 2017. He brings talent and energy to the position. His background is heavily grounded in technology. A graduate of Cornell University, he built and managed a product development and technology team at Vocativ. Mr. Wood also was Founder and COO at Ceros where he and his partner built a software company to manage large scale digital media organizations. Shelter Island is fortunate that he has settled with his family on Shelter Island where he has been active on the Town Deer and Tick Committee in addition to being a hands on environmental advocate.
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.
Mr. Macellaro graduated Brooklyn’s Bishop Loughlin High School and from Queens College, earning a Bachelors (BA) Degree in Political Science/Communications. He was a Special Assistant for two NYS Assembly Members and was responsible for constituent concerns and issues. He coordinated numerous election campaigns for US Congress members, NYS legislators, Suffolk County Executive and Smithtown Town Council Candidates.
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. In 1991 Jay became a member of the Town of East Hampton Zoning Board of Appeals, and was appointed to its chairmanship in 1996. He served in that capacity until 1999 when he was elected to the first of two terms as East Hampton Town Supervisor.
I currently serve as Board Member, Conservation Board, Town of Southampton. In that capacity, I have introduced two pieces of legislation to the Town Council, that were unanimously approved: The Clean Fill Act, requiring a chain of custody for all fill used or entering the Town, and a ban on the use of hydrofracking waste water on Town roads for ice and snow control. Additionally, I was part of a large team of activists that contributed to legislation banning the use of single use plastic bags throughout the Town. I speak and write extensively on environmental issues pertaining to clean water and waterways as well as the use of alternative energy sources. I am a small business owner in Westhampton, providing engineering services locally. I am a member of the CAC-West, a local officially recognized community group dealing with area specific issues.
I am a husband and father of 2 boys. My wife and I moved to Speonk in 1999. I started a business, Spire Awards, in 2003, located in Speonk. I am the co-chair of the Citizens Advisory Council West, board member of the Speonk-Remsenburg Civic Association, and member of the Southampton Town CPF Advisory Board.
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.
My name is Ann Welker . I am a candidate for Southampton Town Trustee in the November 5th election. The Town Trustees are the original governing body of the Town of Southampton. This organization is almost 400 years old. The Town Trustees are the ” Guardians of the Waterways ” and in this capacity are the stewards of Southampton’s shores, water ways, marshes and bottomlands. The Trustees responsibilities’ according to the Town of Southampton website include : preserving public access to the water; upholding the traditions of a maritime community; advising the Town Board on Coastal related issues; informing the public of the Facts of Coastal Issues and Policy; representing the best interests of the freeholders; maintaining and protecting surface water quality; regulating dock and bulkhead construction and impacts; promoting sustainable harvest of commercial shellfish and finfish; providing a safe marine environment and inspecting all structures built on the bay bottom.
As an environmentalist and waterman, I have always had a keen awareness of the need to preserve and protect our natural resources. I have spent my entire career striving to understand our marine environment and find practical solutions to create a sustainable, balanced ecosystem. I grew up on the water — sailing, surfing, water-skiing, fishing. Some of my earliest memories are of my father teaching me to swim, fish and operate boats.
Greg is running for Southold Town Supervisor to preserve our future. Our community needs visionary leaders who feel a sense of urgency, and are able to ask questions, build consensus, broker compromise, and find lasting solutions to preserve our community.
Bob and his wife, Jessica Frankel, first bought a home in Southold in 2006 and decided they wanted to spend the rest of their years here. They made the move full-time in 2010 when they bought an 1869 farmhouse in Orient, which they are still lovingly restoring.
Sarah Nappa is a small business owner, chef, and service/wine industry professional with a broad agricultural background and experience in educational development. Sarah is owner and farm operator of her home Farm and B&B in Southold with her husband, Anthony, and young sons, Leo and Enzo.
Former Town Councilman and Mattituck attorney Dan Ross has been tapped for Town Justice. Dan has been in the private practice of law since 1982, having practiced law in Mattituck since 1985. He was elected to the Southold Town Board in November, 2003 and served a 4-year term as a Councilman. Dan has extensive municipal law experience having served as Village Attorney for the Villages of Greenport and Patchogue. While Dan has been active in various community organizations over the years, he currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors of San Simeon by the Sound Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation. Dan and his wife, Karen, are long-time residents of Mattituck where they raised their three daughters.
Incumbent Democrat Nick Krupski will be on the ballot once again running for Southold Town Trustee. Nick was born and raised on his family farm in Cutchogue where he still practices as a 5th generation farmer. He has a Bachelor’s degree in geology and environmental science and a Masters degree in biology and education from CW Post. His previous work experience includes habitat restoration (both coastal and underwater) as well as species rehabilitation (the peconic bay scallop) with Cornell Marine Program, sampling and treating subsurface waters county-wide with the Suffolk County Water Authority, and working as a dive consultant with Coastal Monitoring Associates studying contaminant influx at superfund and other highly polluted locations. He is completing his first term as a Southold Town Trustee, and recently welcomed his first child, Victoria in early February.
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.”
Monica R. Martinez, from a young age, has had a passion for helping others. She attended Binghamton University where she majored in Biology and History. As a young student, Monica served the Binghamton community by volunteering her weekends at the local zoo and day care centers. Having been taught the value of education by her family, she knew she wanted to dedicate her time educating others.
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.
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.
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.
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Errol Toulon, Jr. has 30 years of criminal-justice experience, heavily centered upon corrections intelligence and combating gang violence both inside and outside of correctional facilities. His criminal justice experience commenced with 22 years as a uniformed Member of Service with the New York City Correction Department, where he served as a supervisor and instructor at the Correction Academy, the Firearms and Tactics Unit, Emergency Service Unit and Office of Compliance Consultants. Errol then spent two years serving the constituents of Suffolk County as the Assistant Deputy County Executive for Public Safety under the administration of County Executive Steve Bellone, where he supervised eight public-safety departments, including the Suffolk County Police Department and the Department of Fire, Rescue, and Emergency services, as well as the Medical Examiner’s Office.
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.
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.
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.
Albert Dickson's family roots on Shelter Island, go back a number of generations. His Great Grandparents settled on the Island in 1860. He has always felt very fortunate to have grown up on Shelter Island. It has been his long held aspiration to come back to the place he always considered home, and to give back to the community. Albert has a long career as an Environmental Project Manager. He was responsible for coordinating all aspects of a site decontamination, from initial assessment, to remediation, and final disposal of hazardous materials. Now retired, Albert enjoys spending time with his family, on the water; clamming, kayaking, or simply playing at the beach. He currently serves as Chairman of the Water Advisory Committee. He looks forward to bringing his experience and expertise to key issues impacting the Island. These include: WATER - Household water is a community resource vital to public health and economic well-being. It needs to be protected for generations to come. Albert Dickson will address the problems of: excessive water table draw-down, septic influence, and runoff that contribute to the deterioration of creeks and bays. COMMUNITY HOUSING - The rising cost of housing affects everyone-seniors, veterans, and young working families. It’s the core of the island’s ability to make a bright future for the community. Dickson believes in protecting undeveloped land parcels that might be used for developing community housing and he will seek policies and initiatives to support this effort. TICK BORN ILLNESSES - This a serious health issue. It's prudent to maintain the current 3 pronged approach (4-posters, culling, education), but with a concerted effort to reduce the deer herd by incentivizing local hunters to reduce the deer population.
Craig Wood graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Landscape Architecture. During the formative years of the Internet Craig’s passion for computers drew him away from landscaping and he began programming new online search and discovery algorithms. After a few years developing network advertising platforms he founded Crowd Fusion, a company specializing in large scale media management software systems. Craig and his wife Carrie bought a home on Shelter Island in 2001 to be closer to their two children’s grandparents. In 2017 Craig Wood was appointed to Town Assessor for Shelter Island where he also serves on the Town Deer and Tick Committee.
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.
My name is Tommy John Schiavoni. I am a husband, father, teacher and member of the Southampton Town ZBA and the Sag Harbor Board of Education. I am running now for Southampton Town Board for the same reason that I sought every office thus far, to maintain what is best about our community and make changes for the better where we need it. The ocean, bays and ponds are our life-blood on the East End, and my attention will be on town wide concerns about water quality and affordable residential and small-business solutions. I'm, also, committed to focus on community health issues like tick-born illnesses and opioid addiction which tragically affect us all.
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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.
Tish James is currently serving in her second term as the Public Advocate for the City of New York. She is the first woman of color to hold Citywide office in New York City. As Public Advocate, she serves as a watchdog over New York City government agencies, and an advocate and lawyer for the City’s most vulnerable and disenfranchised communities. As Public Advocate, Tish has transformed the office to be a real engine of reform and progress. Her office has handled over 32,000 constituent complaints and passed more legislation than all previous Public Advocates combined, including groundbreaking legislation that bans questions about salary history from the employment process to address the pervasive gender wage gap.
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.
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.