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Suffolk County Legislator

10th Legislative District

Trish Bergin (R)

Bergin, a current Town of Islip councilwoman, is running for Suffolk County Legislature in the 10th District. The seat is being vacated by Tom Cilmi (R), who is term limited.

“I’m running because I have enjoyed serving my community as a councilwoman in the Town of Islip for the past 12 years and I really enjoy helping my community, my neighbors, resolve issues and get to the bottom of a problem, budget crunch,” Bergin said. “All of what I’ve been doing for the past 12 years.”

If elected, Bergin said, one of her biggest goals would be to “help restore the fiscal integrity of the county of Suffolk.”

“I’m very proud of the fact that in the Town of Islip, we have achieved a AAA bond rating, which is so important to the residents of the Town of Islip because it lowers the fees when we have to go out to borrow money to pave roads,” Bergin said. “I would like to take that same fiscally conservative-minded approach to the county because the county is currently teetering.”

Bergin grew up in Ronkonkoma and graduated from Connetquot High School. She served as a Town of Islip councilwoman for over 12 years and currently resides in East Islip with her four children. As a journalist, she has worked for News 12 Long Island, CBS, “Inside Edition” and Fox News Channel’s “Strategy Room.”

Carla Simpson (D)

Simpson, a first-time political candidate, is running for the Suffolk County Legislature’s 10th District. The seat is being vacated by Tom Cilmi (R), who is term limited. She has been a resident of Hauppauge for over 35 years and brings experience working in commercial real estate finance development for over 20 years.

Simpson has her own company, Heights Realty Investment Group, that redevelops properties in the southeast United States. Simpson said her background in real estate will help her to succeed if elected. Her work redevelops multi-family properties that are typically 80 units and up to better serve the communities that already exist. 

“That experience has been eye-opening because I’m conducting the environmental report and traffic studies for the projects and have to have that extra level of understanding,” Simpson said. “I’m working with the municipalities to understand how we can better provide affordable housing or housing that’s targeted.”

Simpson also feels strongly about inclusivity and making sure all voices are heard, despite whether they agree with her or not.

“I wouldn’t be speaking honestly if I said I’m going to leave certain types of people or people with certain beliefs out of the conversation. That just can’t happen. And it’s not about what I personally believe. It’s what my community and what the people who put me in office believe.”

Simpson attended Dartmouth College and then later Columbia’s School of Business. She serves as PTA president of her daughter’s school and is a member of over 10 local boards and associations.

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