While he waits for the Suffolk Board of Elections to certify his win, Brookhaven's supervisor-elect Ed Romaine has begun the transition to his new office by naming Suffolk County Clerk Judy Pascale to lead transition efforts.
Pascale served as Romaine's chief deputy during his own tenure as Suffolk County clerk prior to her election to that position.
"There is no one else I would trust with this important position besides Judy," Romaine said in a statement. "We worked side by side for many years and she knows what it takes to run a government."
Meanwhile, Jesse Garcia, an official with the Board of Elections, said on Friday that certification in the Brookhaven supervisor's race won't begin until at least Nov. 13 because of the counting of absentee ballots and the consideration of ballots cast by voters displaced after Hurricane Sandy.
"There is no timeline yet, but we do have to do it by November 30," Garcia said.
The Romaine transition team will also establish a website, BrookhavenForward.com, and has set up an email address, firstname.lastname@example.org, to provide information and seek applicants for open positions within town government. Romaine said in a statement there are few open positions due to layoffs that resulted from the budget put forth by former supervisor Mark Lesko.
"Brookhaven Town needs hardworking individuals who are willing to think outside-the-box to help move the town forward," he said. "I'm looking for the best and the brightest Brookhaven has to offer."