Chairman Pallotta

Monica Martinez defeats Suffolk Legis. Rick Montano

Photo credit: Daniel Goodrich

Political newcomer Monica Martinez handily defeated veteran Suffolk Legis. Rick Montano in unofficial returns last night in a bitter primary battle for the Democratic nomination for the 9th District seat.

Martinez, 36, who is the sister of Tony Martinez, the co-chair of County Executive Steve Bellone's transition team two years ago, defeated Montano, 63, who had run without opposition since he first was elected in 2003.

"This community is starving for representation," Martinez said. "The people are tired of not being represented, of not being heard . . . of their votes being taken for granted."

Bellone, speaking at her headquarters, called her win "overwhelming" for the community. "What tonight really represents is a dramatic victory for the people...| read more ››

Meet Islip Town Dems New Chairman Gerry Pallotta

Chairman Pallotta with SC Exec. Steve Bellone

ISLIP TOWN—Up until five or six years ago, West Islip resident Gerry Pallotta was registered as an Independent voter until he began seeing what he perceived as positive changes being made in the town by Islip’s Democratic supervisor at the time, Phil Nolan. That progress provided some of the impetus for him to change parties. And now he’s guiding Islip’s Democrats to what he said is a rebuilding process that would not only lead to victory, but good government as well.

“There are no north, south [east and west] areas of the town,” he said. “Everyone should have a voice. It’s who we are. I want to see involvement from all corners, a rainbow of involvement where the [candidates] are...| read more ››