GOP victory in Islip
John Cochrane thanks his volunteers.

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GOP victory in Islip

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
11/5/2015


ISLIP TOWN—Spirits were high and the vibe was jubilant at the Islip Town Republican Committee’s post-election reception—held at the Ancient Order of Hibernian’s Division 7 facility in East Islip—in the wake of a decisive sweep over democratic candidates. 

Notable local GOP winners included Angie Carpenter (62.16 percent), who held on to her town supervisor seat against challenger Tom Licari (37.8 percent). John Cochrane Jr. (incumbent) won the race for Islip Town Board as did Mary Kate Mullen, garnering 30.02 and 29.54 percent of the vote, respectively. Meanwhile, incumbent Olga Murray (60.71 percent) defeated Astrid Fidelia (39.25 percent) in the race for Islip Town Clerk, and Alexis Weik (66.39 percent) retained her position as Islip Receiver of Taxes against opponent Maxima Castro (33.57 percent). Victories also came in the 5th District Court Judge race, with John Schettino (24.24 percent), former Councilman Anthony Senft Jr. (28.97 percent), and town attorney Robert Cicale (28.91 percent) all winning a seat. As for the county legislature, Tom Cilmi kept his 10th District seat in a landslide victory over challenger Joseph Hagelmann with 74.96 percent of the vote. Tom Barraga also easily earned another term in the 11th District, running unopposed.*

In the hours leading up to the results, Cochrane took a moment to reflect on his campaign as a whole.

“I can look at all my volunteers and say we really worked hard this summer,” said Cochrane. “With all the support I got from all over the town, I could see that the public doesn’t just look at a party, they look at a person doing the work. We got the message about the park and the frustration with the airport, but the bottom line is people saw that I was making decisions and they know I was trying to do the right thing.”

Carpenter also gave her thoughts on the verge of her victory. 

“It’s just really wonderful to have such an outpouring of trust and faith,” said Carpenter, who took over for former Supervisor Tom Croci back in March after he won the 3rd District State Senate race last fall. “By having this election be successful, it’s kind of like the voters have validated what I’ve done so far, and together we’re going to do a lot more. So I’m looking forward to it.”

Croci then took the microphone back to introduce Carpenter—the 63rd Islip Town Supervisor and first woman to ever hold the position.

“It is a great privilege to be here tonight,” said Croci. “Not only because we’re watching a transition to a new supervisor, but because the person that we’re here to celebrate the victory tonight… we know her as a leader, as somebody who cares about her town, and somebody who cares about the people in her life and is willing to serve regardless of the peril, and regardless of the circumstances.”

Carpenter was all smiles as she addressed the crowd and gave her thanks.

“A year ago, Tom asked me to think about [taking his spot as supervisor], if he were to be successful in his Senate race,” said Carpenter. “Who would have ever thought that I would be standing here today looking at all of you, who really are the ones that made this happen.

“It has been a challenging campaign,” said Carpenter. “But because of the faith, trust, and the fact that you guys were willing to put yourselves out there, we did it… We are positioned to really make this town all it can be, and together we are going to make many more wonderful things happen.”

*Unofficial results as of Wednesday, Nov. 4.