Islip Republicans sweep town races
Suffolk County executive Steve Bellone was re-elected to a third term with 148,043 votes (55.42 percent), according to unofficial results from the Suffolk County Board of Elections.
Bellone spent most of the night at his campaign headquarters on Plant Avenue in Hauppauge, but stopped by the Democratic convention, which was held a couple miles away at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 25, later in the night.
The county executive said it was time to “extend our hand across the aisle” now that the election is over. “Now it is time to get to work, governmentally, for the people of Suffolk County,” he said during his victory speech.
The Republican challenger, Suffolk County comptroller John Kennedy, acquired 115,867 votes (43.38 percent). Gregory Fischer, the Libertarian candidate, garnered 3,147 votes (1.18 percent).
The race for the county’s 8th legislative district is still too close to call.
William Lindsay III, the Democratic incumbent, received 8,907 votes (49.37), while Anthony Piccirillo, the Republican challenger, acquired 9,130 votes (50.61 percent).
Lindsay, who has not conceded in the race, noted there are still over 700 absentee ballots and affidavits to be counted. “This isn’t over yet,” he stated. “We ran a good race and I am confident that when all the votes are counted, we will win.”
At about 10 p.m., at the Republican Party at the Stereo Garden in Patchogue, Piccirillo showed a slight lead by about 40 votes, then a few hundred. With that came big applause from the crowd.
“This year Anthony Piccirillo is kicking some butt!” said the Suffolk County Republican chairman Jesse Garcia. “After years of losing the 8th legislative district, it is ours.”
Piccirillo addressed the crowd, stating that he was “cautiously optimistic” and awaiting the absentee count.
The previous race between Lindsay and Piccirillo, in 2017, was close as well. In the end, Lindsay won with 10,493 votes (50.59 percent), compared to Piccirillo’s 10,249 votes (49.41 percent).
Joseph Hagelmann, the Democratic challenger for the county’s 10th legislative district, garnered 4,255 votes (30.48 percent). Hagelmann, however, wasn’t actively campaigning this election season.
Tom Cilmi, the Republican incumbent, who serves as the minority leader in the Legislature, was reelected to a sixth and final term with 9,700 votes (69.49 percent). Joseph McDermott, the Democratic challenger for the county’s 11th legislative district, who previously served as the mayor of Brightwaters Village, received 6,497 votes (43.25 percent).
Earlier that day, McDermott voted at the Brightwaters Cabin, then headed back to his campaign office in Lindenhurst and knocked on doors.
Steve Flotteron, the Republican incumbent who previously served on the Islip Town Board, was re-elected to a second term with 7,718 votes (51.38 percent). Joan Manahan, the Conservative candidate, acquired 803 votes (5.35 percent).
Samuel Gonzalez, the Democratic incumbent for the county’s 9th legislative district, was re-elected to his first full term after replacing New York State Sen. Monica Martinez, a Democrat, in a special election earlier this year.
Gonzalez, a union leader with the IBEW Local 1430, said he is ecstatic about the election’s results: 4,613 votes (75.38 percent). “I was first elected to finish off Martinez’s term, but this is me now,” he said, adding that his victory will allow him to show the public everything he is capable of.
Team Murray failed to break the Republican stronghold that is the Town of Islip.
Thomas Murray III, the Democratic challenger to Islip Town supervisor Angie Carpenter, garnered 22,401 votes (43.21 percent). The Republican incumbent, however, was reelected to a second full term with 29,426 votes (56.76 percent).
Murray, an environmental attorney who ran unsuccessfully for New York State Assembly last year, said he has no regrets about his latest campaign. “We ran a great race,” he said. “We ran better than any other Democrat has [in Islip Town] in a long time.”
Murray noted his campaign spent $5,000 during the election season, while his opponent spent $400,000. “[Carpenter] ran a good campaign, though, and she has my respect,” he said.
In regards to his own campaign, Murray said, “We showed that Democrats can win in Islip Town. Maybe not this year, but in the future.”
The Democratic challengers for Islip Town’s two at-large council seats, Leigh-Ann Barde and Jorge Guadron, also came up short. Barde received 21,068 votes (21.34 percent) and Guadron got 21,105 (21.37 percent).
Barde said the team’s campaign took a lot of time and effort. “It’s time for change in Islip [Town],” she said. “I’ll be seeing everyone again soon.”
The Republican incumbents, John Cochrane and Mary Kate Mullen, acquired 28,348 (28.71 percent) and 28,203 (28.56 percent) votes, respectively.
Joseph Fritz, the Democratic challenger for the Islip Town clerk, garnered 21,829 votes (42.99 percent). Olga Murray, the Republican incumbent, was re-elected to a third term with 28,940 votes (56.99 percent).
Donovan Currey, the Democratic challenger for Islip Town receiver of taxes, received 19,980 votes (38.83 percent). Alexis Weik, the Republican incumbent, was re-elected to a third term with 31,463 votes (61.14 percent).