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Long Island Elections 2011: Complete Long Island Voters’ Guide

Long Island Elections: Long Island Voter's Guide 2011

District 1

Edward P Romaine
(R, C, I-Center Moriches)
Romaine is a former history teacher and ex-county clerk running for his fourth term representing the North Fork, where his priority is open space preservation. He recently created a LIPA oversight panel and passed Michael’s Law, banning sales of explosive fuel gels that burned the law’s teen namesake from Riverhead.


Tricia Chiaramonte
A longtime Suffolk Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation employee who has been active in the Suffolk Democratic Party for more than a decade, Chiaramonte is concerned with the large number of sex offender trailers on the East End and preserving union workers’ rights. She suggests offering early retirement incentives.

District 2

Jay Schneiderman
(I, D, WF-Montauk)
Schneiderman, a former East Hampton Town Supervisor, is seeking his fifth term representing the South Fork, where as chair of the transportation committee he championed bringing Sunday public bus service this summer. He long pushed for campaign finance reforms, elements of which were among sweeping ethics reforms passed this fall.

Cornelius Kelly
(R, C-East Quogue)
A lifelong South Fork resident, career bond analyst and small business owner, Kelly includes tax cuts, spending reform and job creation on his platform. He hopes to apply the same principles of fiscal responsibility that his occupation mandates to managing Suffolk’s rocky financial and economic future.

District 3

Kate Browning
(WF, D-Shirley)
Browning is an Irish immigrant and former school bus driver seeking her fourth term. As health committee chair, she passed reforms to the sober home system and fought for the Foley nursing facility. She’s also a standout advocate for strengthening sex offender regulations. Most recently she sought to bring an electronic gunshot detection system to North Bellport.

Susan Sineo
(R, C, I-Manorville)
An insurance broker and longtime community activist, Sineo is a proponent of smart development, open space preservation, cutting wasteful spending, protecting Suffolk’s children, fiscal responsibility and transparency for local government, among other initiatives. She vows to cut taxes, promote economic development and create jobs.

District 4

Thomas Muratore
(R, C, I-Lake Ronkonkoma)
Muratore is a former Suffolk police officer, ex-union official and small business owner seeking his second term after unseating his predecessor. He capped the county gas tax when prices top $3, and wants to nix a home heating fuel tax and sales tax on clothing or footwear purchases under $110.

Joseph Turdik
Turdik, a Democratic committeeman, is not actively campaigning. He also ran for county legislature in 1999 and for state Assembly in 2000 but reportedly did limited campaigning in those races, too.

District 5

Kara Hahn
(D, WF, I-Setauket)
Hahn is the former press secretary of Presiding Officer William Lindsay (D-Holbrook), former chief of staff to term-limited Legis. Vivian Viloria-Fischer (D-East Setauket)—whose seat she hopes to fill—and president of the Civic Association of the Setaukets and Stony Brook. She touts her government experience addressing Suffolk’s range of issues.

Anthony Moncayo
(R, C-East Setauket)
Moncayo is a former assistant Suffolk County Attorney and decorated military veteran whose platform includes cutting spending, holding the line on taxes, creating jobs, economic development and protecting the environment. He ran for county legislature in 1989 and 1991, then ran unsuccessfully a third time for state Assembly in 2000.

District 6

Sarah Anker
(D. WF, I-Mount Sinai)
A longtime community leader who spearheaded efforts to raise awareness about Long Island’s high cancer rates, Anker is seeking her first full term after winning a special election in March. Former director of Brookhaven’s Office of Energy and Sustainability, Anker champions job creation, open space preservation and green job growth.

Karen Wilutis
(R-Miller Place)
Wilutis, legislative director for New York State Sen. John Flanagan (R-Smithtown), is a former Suffolk prosecutor who later became a criminal defense attorney, Brookhaven Town Attorney, town Ethics Board director and town planning board member. She seeks to cut taxes and spending while promoting economic viability and fiscal responsibility.

District 7

Robert Calarco
(D, WF, I-Patchogue)
As chief of staff to Legis. Jack Eddington (I-Medford), who is not seeking re-election, Calarco touts his experience on governmental working and his involvement on such projects as Patchogue’s East Main Street redevelopment, ArtSpace and Medford Memorial Park. He also organized the first annual Play for Peace soccer tournament to counter hate crimes.

John Giannott
(R, C-East Patchogue)
Giannott is a small business owner whose platform includes cutting taxes and job creation, often promoting himself as “One Of Us” throughout his campaign. He owns Porters on the Lane and Carla Marla’s Ice Cream Parlor in Bellport. He seeks to repeal Suffolk’s Home Energy Tax.

District 8

William Lindsay
(D, WF, I-Holbrook)
First elected to the legislature in 2001, Lindsay has served as its presiding officer since 2006. He touts freezing taxes for five years straight as one of his proudest accomplishments. This year, he bolstered county ethics laws after the county executive’s campaign fund-raising became subject of a criminal investigation.

Anthony Musumeci
(R, C-Bohemia)
Musumeci, an employee of global IT services provider Emtec, supports controlled spending, job creation, environmental protection and a balanced budget. He hopes to bring a fresh face to county government, and cites increased budget transparency and accountability as reforms he’d bring if elected. Musumeci also supports public pension reform.

District 9

Ricardo Montano
(D, WF, I-Brentwood)
An attorney formerly with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, ex-director of the Suffolk Human Rights Commission and prior assistant state attorney general, Montano is seeking his fifth term. He is a renegade Democrat, chairs the Ways & Means committee, represents Long Island’s biggest Hispanic communities and is running unopposed.

District 10

Tom Cilmi
(R, C, I-Bay Shore)
A small business owner, former legislative aide to ex-Legis. Tom Finlay and member of various community and business groups, Cilmi is a freshman lawmaker seeking his second term. Cutting taxes and economic growth are his main goals. He also wasted no time fighting the heroin and prescription abuse epidemic.

James Heath
A Suffolk veterans’ services employee, Heath takes issue with the red light camera program, which shares revenue with an out-of-state company. He wants Suffolk to process the tickets—keeping the money and creating jobs. Heath supports constructing a casino in Yaphank, tax incentives to lure businesses and banning plastic bags.

District 11

Thomas Barraga
(R, C, I-West Islip)
Former Islip Town Clerk, 23-year state Assemblyman, U.S. Marine Corps reservist and Major General in the New York State Guard, Barraga is seeking his fourth term. A famed fiscal conservative who is a central character this time of year—budget debate season—he hopes to further rein in county spending.

Frank Dolan
(D-West Islip)
Dolan did not respond to requests for comment about his campaign nor provide a headshot.

District 12

John M. Kennedy Jr.
(R, C, I-Nesconset)
Kennedy, appointed minority leader this year, is an attorney and fiscal conservative with a charitable side who champions open space preservation and groundwater protection, among other initiatives. His career includes work for the county and Riverhead town clerks, the county Office for Aging and the state Office of Mental Health.

Martin Aponte
A retired Smithtown town worker, former Suffolk corrections officer and Democratic committeeman, Aponte calls for revitalization and traffic calming in downtown Smithtown, site of several recent fatal vehicle crashes. He opposes closing Suffolk health care facilities, wants more anti-drug education in schools and believes county buses should have a text-message system.

District 13

Lynne Nowick
(R, C, I-St. James)
Nowick, a former Smithtown tax receiver, is running unopposed for her sixth term. Her claim to fame is first-in-the-nation 2007 ban on the sale of cold and cough medicines containing DXM to those younger than 19.

District 14

Wayne Horsley
(D, C, I-Babylon)
A former Babylon Town Councilman, Horsley is seeking his fourth term. He established the Suffolk County Drug Mapping Index, won a groundbreaking ban on drop-side crib sales and recently authored a ban on sludge incineration at Bergen Point sewage plant. As economic committee chair, he is central in Shinnecock casino talks.

Edward Blankenhorn Jr.
A retired engineer and analyst, U.S. Marine Corps veteran and Republican commiteeman, Blankenhorn hopes to help small businesses, struggling seniors and young residents alike, saying his potential constituents will be his “special interest group.” Blankenhorn considers his candidacy his second career and a chance to give back.

District 15

DuWayne Gregory
(D, WF, I-Amityville)
This sophomore lawmaker is an Army veteran first elected in a 2008 special election. As a founding member of the county’s Hate Crimes Task Force, he passed Marcelo Lucero’s Law, strengthening local bias crimes laws and named for the Patchogue immigrant slain four years ago. He is running unopposed.

District 16

Steve Stern
(D, WF, I-Dix Hills)
An experienced elder-law attorney, Stern chairs the Veterans and Seniors Committee. His most notable legislation this year was a bill passed that mandates a buffer between military funerals and those protesting them. He also penned a law that created Silver Alerts to help find missing senior citizens.

Deborah Poulos
(R, C-Dix Hills)
Poulos is a family and small business law attorney and co-founding partner of the Hauppauge-based firm Lefkowitz & Poulos. She believes the county should reduce spending and cut taxes to foster business growth. She also hopes to improve police-community relations. Poulos lost a bid for Huntington Town council in 2007.

District 17

Louis D’Amaro
(D, WF-North Babylon)
D’Amaro, an attorney married to County Attorney Christine Malafi, is running for his third term. As vice chair of the environmental committee, he penned a law requiring the county call or text residents alerting them of planned mosquito spraying. He also serves on the Huntington Town economic development corporation.

Dennis Garetano
(R, C, I-Huntington Station)
Garetano, who runs pet expos on Long Island, is a registered Independence Party member, former South Huntington school board member and prior GOP Huntington Town council candidate making his second run for this county seat. He helped petition for a referendum that voters rejected seeking councilmatic districts in Huntington.

District 18

Dr. William Spencer
(D, WF, I-Centerport)
Spencer is a pediatrician and former chair of the Huntington Housing Authority, which oversees affordable housing programs. He hopes to replace outgoing Legis. Jon Cooper (D-Lloyd Harbor), the term-limited majority leader. Hiring more police officers, strengthening ethics laws and stepping up environmental preservation are listed as his chief issues.

Elizabeth Black
A retired school teacher and current Huntington school board member, Black has been pivotal in two recent Huntington Station controversies. She voted to close the Jack Abrams Middle School last summer amid fears of nearby gang violence and has opposed the Avalon Bay affordable housing proposal. She’s calling for more police.

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