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Thomas Donnelly

Even with important budgetary and development issues looming, often a county legislator's top job is to support and serve his constituents. And that's a task Deer Park Democrat Thomas P. Donnelly fully embraces.

Donnelly, 55, now completing his second term, said he sees his responsibilities through a "pragmatic" lens, with attention to public safety, quality of life and other resident concerns. Donnelly lauds the progress at Wyandanch Rising and said he supports further development in his district as long as there's community buy-in.

Stephen C. Becker, 40, an HVAC sales manager, said he'd use his business sense to address the county's fiscal stresses. But Becker, a Republican from Dix Hills, lacked specifics when promising to rid Suffolk of the familiar waste, fraud and abuse. And his thinking on housing and development is limited to supporting the construction of single-family homes and criticizing efforts like Wyandanch Rising.

Newsday endorses Donnelly. ›› read more

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October 26, 2021
Susan Berland

Democrat Susan A. Berland, seeking a third term, tries to avoid predictable bromides and takes clear positions on what she sees as the merits of issues.

Berland, 60, of Dix Hills, says when asked, without waffling, that she'd favor a county COVID-19 vaccine mandate for county police officers. She acknowledges the inevitability of a cannabis trade but speaks out against recreational drug use.

Berland knows hard fiscal choices lie ahead and supports new development where appropriate. She's Democratic majority leader and chairs the veterans and consumer affairs committee.

Republican Manuel Esteban Sr., 44, an East Northport attorney, chairs the Huntington Town Hispanic Advisory Task Force. He offers both clarity and muddle. He rails against the Suffolk Police Benevolent Association's clout, and expresses justified concern about low-paid landscape workers. A recent sanctimony-laden rant by Esteban that Berland should "stop being greedy" was pungently off-base.

Newsday endorses Berland.| read more ››

October 26, 2021
Thomas Donnelly

Even with important budgetary and development issues looming, often a county legislator's top job is to support and serve his constituents. And that's a task Deer Park Democrat Thomas P. Donnelly fully embraces.

Donnelly, 55, now completing his second term, said he sees his responsibilities through a "pragmatic" lens, with attention to public safety, quality of life and other resident concerns. Donnelly lauds the progress at Wyandanch Rising and said he supports further development in his district as long as there's community buy-in.

Stephen C. Becker, 40, an HVAC sales manager, said he'd use his business sense to address the county's fiscal stresses. But Becker, a Republican from Dix Hills, lacked specifics when promising to rid Suffolk of the familiar waste, fraud and abuse. And his thinking on housing and development is limited to supporting the construction of single-family homes and criticizing efforts like Wyandanch Rising.

Newsday endorses Donnelly.| read more ››

October 20, 2021
Rebecca Sanin

Chad Lupinacci, elected Huntington Town supervisor in 2017, didn't make it to this Election Day ballot. Lupinacci is finishing his term, politically derailed by personal controversy, after a longtime aide accused him of sexual misconduct.
Entering the electoral fray for the first time is Sanin, 43, of Huntington Station. She makes a persuasive case for upgrades in the town, saying justly that residents should not find it necessary to pay "expediters" to get building permits. Sanin recognizes the woeful lack of data and metrics that would help town officials better govern and, channeling voter dissatisfaction, emphasizes the need for a 311 nonemergency system and information technology that track services and complaints and accept filings and applications online.| read more ››

October 18, 2021

ALBANY — Early voting, which will include weekend and evening hours, begins Saturday and extends through Oct. 31 at select polling sites in counties statewide.
Voters will be able to cast ballots on local races and on five statewide ballot proposals.
Here's how to participate in the increasingly popular method of casting ballots for the Nov. 2 election:
In Suffolk County, early voting begins Saturday and Sunday with polls open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Evening hours begin Tuesday. Suffolk County will have 12 early voting sites. The locations and hours are available at https://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/BOE/Early-Voting-Sites-11-2-...| read more ››