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Three Village Voter's Guide 2013

A look at this year's local races.

Voters will have their chance to cast their vote on who will lead the Town of Brookhaven into 2014 this Tuesday at the polls. 

As we head into Election Day, Patch is here to bring you the information you need to know before heading out to cast your vote. 

Here's s rundown of the candidates whose names will be on the ballots, their parties and what you need to know to vote. 

Brookhaven Town Supervisor

Edward P. Romaine- Romaine, 66 and a resident of Center Moriches is running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines. He has a bachelor’s degree from Adelphi University and a master’s degree in history from Long Island University.

In November 2012, Romaine won the office of supervisor in  special election after Mark Lesko left office for a job leading  Accelerate Long Island.

He was elected to the Suffolk County Legislature in 1985 and 2005 and served as county clerk in 1989. Prior to this, Romaine taught social studies in the Hauppauge school district for ten years. He is married and has two sons and a stepdaughter.

Romaine has been an outspoken leader on the crackdown of illegal housing and has worked to create tougher codes to address the issues.  He has supported the Carmans River project. His 2014 town budget freezes taxes, had no layoffs and allocates $10 million to open space purchases.

He was elected to the Suffolk County Legislature in 1985 and 2005 and served as count clerk in 1989. Prior to this Romaine taught social studies in the Hauppauge school district for ten years. He is married and has two sons and a stepdaughter.

Romaine has been an outspoken leader on the crackdown of illegal housing and has worked to create tougher codes to address the issues.  He has supported the Carmans River project. His 2014 town budget freezes taxes and had no layoffs and allocates $10 million to open space purchases.

Vivian M. Viloria-Fisher- Viloria-Fisher, 65, of Setauket is running on the Democratic and Working Family lines. Viloria-Fisher, a former teacher from Setauket, served the Three Village and Port Jefferson areas as county legislator from 1999 through 2011.

She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Hunter College and a master’s in liberal arts from Stony Brook University. She is married and has five children.

Viloria-Fisher has supported open land preservation and environmental protection. According to  Newsday, Viloria-Fisher has said she favors “walkable communities” and downtowns that “preserve cultural heritage.

Brookhaven Town Highway Supervisor
Incumbent Daniel Losquadro, R-Shoreham, is being challenged by Lori Baldassare, D-Mount Sinai, for the Brookhaven Superintendent of Highways seat.

Losquadro said to Newsday that he has improved the highway department since taking office by the elimination of no-bid contracts and purchasing new communications equipment. Losquadro also lists on his accomplishments bringing the department into compliance with state labor laws by obtaining certfied payrolls from contractors as well as making sure vendors pay current wages.

Baldassare is a government liaison officer for the Suffolk County Department of Public Works, and previously served as chief deputy Brookhaven highway superintendent and other town positions for nine years, according to Newsday. Baldassare is criticizing how the town responded in last February’s blizzard, stating that “mismanagement” of the plowing efforts lost millions of dollars in federal reimbursements. She states that she has been involved in successful plowing efforts when she was in the highway department, and that it should use computer software to track road repairs and schedule maintenance.

Brookhaven Town Clerk

Donna Lent- Independence. Lent, 61, of Medford is running on the Independence and Republican lines. She is the chief deputy for outgoing Town Clerk Patricia Eddington.

Cathy A. Schatzger- Democratic.

Suffolk County Legislature, District 5

Kara Hahn, Democratic- Hahn, 42 of Setauket is seeking her second term as legislator. She is running on the Democratic, Independence and Working Family lines. Hahn, formerly the chief of staff to Vivian Viloria-Fisher, is the past president of the Civic Association of the Setaukets and Stony Brook. She worked for six years as aide to the late Presiding Officer Bill Lindsay. She was appointed to chair the county's Environment, Planning and Agriculture Committee in 2012.

Hahn has a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Delaware and a master's degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania. She is married and has two daughters.

Theresa Laucella, Republican- According to Newsday, Laucella, 41, of Stony Brook is running on the Republican and Conservative lines. No other information was available on Laucella.

Brookhaven Town Council, 1st District

Valerie Cartwritght, 37 of Port Jefferson Station and Leslea Snyder, 42 of Port Jefferson will run to fill the Brookhaven Town Council seat in the 1st district being vacated by Democrat Steve Fiore-Rosenfeld.

Cartwright, a civil rights attorney who works at the Law Offices of Frederick K. Brewington in Hempstead, received a law degree from Touro College Jacob D. Fuschberg Law Center and an undergraduate degree in international studies from West Virginia University. She is president of the Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association. She is single.

Cartwright, a Democrat, said she will work to preserve history and the quality of life for residents. She told Newsday  “It’s crucial that we preserve our open space; we want to keep this Long Island.” She said she will keep an eye on abandoned buildings for revitalization, instead of new construction. She has also said she will work to include civic groups and residents and build relationships with business owners.

On her website, Cartwright lists her vision as a greater focus on transparency in government, optimizing the use of existing building structures, revitalizing the Railroad Corridor while preserving open space, implementing long and short range plans to protect the environment and developing partnerships with community based organizations among other things.

Snyder, is running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines. A Ward Melville graduate, Snyder is a former Port Jefferson Village Trustee and was appointed deputy mayor in 2009 and a lifelong resident of Port Jefferson.  

She received her bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Dowling College and at one time served on the New York State Higher Education Committee. She holds a position as a nation-wide public policy and government affairs expert and is single.

Snyder said she will crackdown on illegal housing in Brookhaven. She told Newsday  “It’s a concern for everyone and there needs to be awareness when it comes to lease agreements.”

On her website, Snyder lists her resolutions as reforming local government, protecting tax dollars, protecting the environment, maintaining the character of the communities and ensuring safe sustainable housing for students and residents among other things.

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Had Enuf! November 04, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Long Islanders..........keep voting in tax and spend liberal Democrats until you cannot pay your bills anymore and decide to leave this tax hole. Ask yourself....do we really need a full time Town Council and a full time county legislature? The more time these politicians spend in office, the more laws and regulations they impose on us, taxpayers and business people. If you want government to watch over you from cradle to grave, move to Cuba and drive around in a 1955 Chevy. WAKE UP. Get out of NY State before it is too late. Had Enuf.

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