Town Republicans sweep election night
Incumbents running for Town of Islip offices as well as the relevant legislative district seats in the area will return to their posts. Islip Town supervisor Angie Carpenter defeated Democratic challenger Tom Murray by just over 7,000 votes and finished at 56.76 percent. Legis. Steve Flotteron (District 11) beat Democratic challenger Joe McDermott and came out of the polls with a touch over a 1,200-vote differential.
The four-person Islip Town councilperson votes for two open seats resulted with the two Republican incumbents, John Cochrane and Mary Kate Mullen, prevailing by more than 7,000 votes over the two Democratic challengers, Jorge Guadron and Leigh-Ann Barde.
“I am really proud of the whole Carpenter team, leading the team to victory,” Cochrane said. “I am glad that the whole system worked this year.”
Like Cochrane, Mullen expressed a similar remark regarding Tuesday night, after both re-secured their seats on the board. “I am truly honored that the voters have given me another four years in the Town of Islip,” she said. “I plan on continuing [the] work I started in the last four years and to continue moving Islip forward over the next four years.”
Carpenter will also enter her second full term as Islip Town supervisor, and has held the seat since 2012 when predecessor Tom Croci was elected to the New York State Senate.
“I’m thrilled that our team has been re-elected. This is an affirmation of our efforts, and for that, we are truly grateful. The Town of Islip is rich in its character, history and its uniqueness, throughout the many communities that make us the third-largest town in the State of New York,” she said after her win. “I pledge to focus my efforts to encourage everyone to remember that we are one town, inclusive of diverse cultures. We are committed to ensuring that our departments provide the quality-of-life services and programs that all of our residents deserve and enjoy, and that our downtowns and all our businesses continue to thrive.”
Carpenter started her Election Day voting at Beach Street Middle School in Bay Shore, marking her 13th time with her name on the ballot. Throughout the course of the day, she touched base with her supporters and shared memories.
Team Murray failed to break the Republican stronghold that is the Town of Islip. The Democratic challenger garnered 22,401 votes (43.21 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.”
Joseph Fritz, the Democratic challenger for the Islip Town clerk, garnered 21,829 votes (42.99 percent). Olga Murray, the Republican incumbent, was reelected 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).
District 10 Legis. Tom Cilmi took home 69.49 percent of the vote over Democratic challenger Joe Hagelmann (though Hagelmann did not run a serious campaign).
Legis. Flotteron, who previously defeated McDermott in 2017, was re-elected to his second two-year term in the 11th Legislative district. Joan Manahan, who ran on the Conservative line, captured 5.35 percent of the vote.
"I am looking forward to all the things I want to do for my friends and neighbors in my district and make Suffolk County more financially solid,” he said of his win.
Flotteron took advantage of the new early voting and voted at Islip Town Hall. On Election Day, he knocked door to door, followed by a trek to All American Hamburger drive-in in Massapequa to celebrate the work put in up until Nov. 5.
In the 8th Legislative district, incumbent William Lindsay III and Republican challenger Anthony Piccirillo remain in a tight race. The vote is too close to call, as Piccirillo currently holds 50.61 percent, a difference of 223 votes. Both candidates have expressed they are eagerly waiting for the approximated 700 absentee votes that have yet to be factored into the tally.
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).
“It’s amazing what a 2-million dollar campaign full of lies can do,” said Kennedy, bitter about his loss. “I want to thank everybody and chairman [Jesse] Garcia for putting his faith in me.”
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