Hillary Clinton has served as secretary of state, senator from New York, first lady of the United States, first lady of Arkansas, a practicing lawyer and law professor, activist, and volunteer—but the first thing her friends and family will tell you is that she’s never forgotten where she came from or who she’s been fighting for.
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.
Throughout his career, Charles “Chuck” Schumer has fought to make government work for all Americans by cutting through red tape and finding common-sense solutions to challenges facing the middle- class. Chuck has become known for his tireless work to reduce crime, increase economic opportunity, and expand access to higher education, affordable health care and housing.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.