As County Executive, Bellone is using that same approach to reduce Suffolk's debt, improve Suffolk's business environment and keep taxes low. Bellone is serious about property tax reforms to reduce the burden on homeowners which is why he supports Governor Cuomo's property tax cap. And Bellone thinks it's a shame that young people are leaving Long Island at record rates due the high cost of housing and the lack of good-paying jobs. That's why he will incentivize businesses to move to Suffolk County and help young people stay by creating good jobs and making it less expensive to live here.
Bridget Fleming brings a fresh professional approach to public service. She’s an innovative leader for economic growth, an effective advocate for our environment, and a dedicated champion of government accountability. If elected, Bridget is ready to take the groundbreaking programs and approaches she’s developed on the local level forward, to serve as Legislator for Suffolk County’s Second Legislative District.
Having developed an appreciation for the usefulness of mediation within the judicial system and the necessary skills to work as an expert neutral, Schiavoni changed the focus of Harum and Harum in 2001 exclusively to that of alternative dispute resolution, working as a mediator and arbitrator from offices in Miami, Florida and Sag Harbor, New York.
I am committed to treating all Family Court litigants with dignity and respect and ensuring that they receive the services they need to help them through their family crisis. The Suffolk County Family Court is a civil court that handles matters involving Custody, Visitation, Orders of Protection, Juvenile Delinquents, Persons in Need of Supervision, Adoptions, Neglect, Abuse and Guardianships. Litigants come to the Family Court because of a shift in their family dynamic that requires legal intervention.
Gerry Siller served two very productive terms as Shelter Island Town Supervisor and is a successful local businessman. In Gerry’s own words, “It’s been 18 years since I was in office. I believe the time is right for me to get back involved with the Town again. We’re still talking about some of the same issues we were back then (water quality, deer management, housing), as well as some new ones (short term rentals, infrastructure). While in office, I was able to work with the Town Board to address issues and act on them. I was in a position to lead and get things done, and we did. The time to address the issues at hand is now and I believe I am the right person to lead the Town Board and get things done.”
Brian Sherman, candidate for Shelter Island Highway Superintendent brings years of experience to the position. Currently a Foreman at the Highway Department/Transfer Station he has served the public since 1989. He has 30 years of experience that includes the capping and closing of the landfill and he worked building the new highway building. He runs the Hazmat program and the scale house program and has experience with accounts receivable and billing. He assisted Highway Superintendent Jay Card with their Green Day annual educational presentation in addition to numerous tasks. Mr. Sherman has extensive knowledge of equipment, scheduling, negotiations of recyclables and budgeting. A lifelong Islander, he looks forward to his new role.
James Colligan (Jimmy) was elected as Shelter Island Town Councilman in November 2015. His sound educational background includes a BS from Niagara University, a Masters from Adelphi and a Diploma in School Administration from Hofstra. A Vietnam and Desert Storm Veteran, he is a recipient of two Bronze Stars which brought him to the rank of Colonel, US Army. After a long career in education and coaching, and many years of local volunteer work, he entered political office. In his own words, “It has been a privilege to serve as your councilman. My involvement on five major town committees has been both challenging and rewarding. My commitment to improving water quality, community housing initiatives, the infrastructure, lower tick-density, as well as updating and adopting a comprehensive plan, are my major goals for a 2nd term. This requires a vision, leadership, hard work, as well as being a problem solver. I ask for your support and welcome the challenges that lie ahead.”
Mike Bebon, candidate for Town Council, holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from New York University, an MBA from the University of Utah, and is a Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in New York State. Before joining BNL he was Chief Engineer at the USDA Plum Island Animal Disease Center and a consultant on biological safety laboratory design to the United Nations World Health Organization. A Vietnam Era Veteran, Mr. Bebon is a retired Colonel, U.S. Air Force, with 28 years of service, including 23 years with the NY Air National Guard, 2 years with the USAF Reserve, and 3 years active duty USAF. Following his many years of military service, Mike has always been committed to community service. On Shelter Island, he has served on the Board of the South Ferry Hills Association and was a member of the Shelter Island Housing Commission. He is a currently a member of the Shelter Island Community Housing Board and the Board of Trustees of the Shelter Island Public Library Society. He also serves as the Risk Manager for Our Lady of the Isle Parish.
Craig Wood has been professionally serving as Shelter Island Town Assessor following his election in 2017. He brings talent and energy to the position. His background is heavily grounded in technology. A graduate of Cornell University, he built and managed a product development and technology team at Vocativ. Mr. Wood also was Founder and COO at Ceros where he and his partner built a software company to manage large scale digital media organizations. Shelter Island is fortunate that he has settled with his family on Shelter Island where he has been active on the Town Deer and Tick Committee in addition to being a hands on environmental advocate.
Assemblyman Thiele has sponsored additional successful initiatives to allow commercial fishermen to replace older vessels with slightly larger ones to compete with out of state fishermen. He was a proponent of the original STAR program to reduce school taxes and, he is a prime sponsor of legislation (“School Taxpayer Protection Act”) that would cap property tax levies at 4% or 120% of the Consumer Price Index.
Tim Sini is running for Suffolk County District Attorney to restore integrity to the office and make Suffolk County a safer place to live, work and raise a family. He currently serves as the Suffolk County Police Commissioner. Following a scandal that ended in the federal prosecution of the former Chief of Department, Tim was appointed to this position in January of 2016. Previously, he served as Suffolk’s Deputy County Executive for Public Safety.
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Errol Toulon, Jr. has 30 years of criminal-justice experience, heavily centered upon corrections intelligence and combating gang violence both inside and outside of correctional facilities. His criminal justice experience commenced with 22 years as a uniformed Member of Service with the New York City Correction Department, where he served as a supervisor and instructor at the Correction Academy, the Firearms and Tactics Unit, Emergency Service Unit and Office of Compliance Consultants. Errol then spent two years serving the constituents of Suffolk County as the Assistant Deputy County Executive for Public Safety under the administration of County Executive Steve Bellone, where he supervised eight public-safety departments, including the Suffolk County Police Department and the Department of Fire, Rescue, and Emergency services, as well as the Medical Examiner’s Office.
Albert Dickson's family roots on Shelter Island, go back a number of generations. His Great Grandparents settled on the Island in 1860. He has always felt very fortunate to have grown up on Shelter Island. It has been his long held aspiration to come back to the place he always considered home, and to give back to the community. Albert has a long career as an Environmental Project Manager. He was responsible for coordinating all aspects of a site decontamination, from initial assessment, to remediation, and final disposal of hazardous materials. Now retired, Albert enjoys spending time with his family, on the water; clamming, kayaking, or simply playing at the beach. He currently serves as Chairman of the Water Advisory Committee. He looks forward to bringing his experience and expertise to key issues impacting the Island. These include: WATER - Household water is a community resource vital to public health and economic well-being. It needs to be protected for generations to come. Albert Dickson will address the problems of: excessive water table draw-down, septic influence, and runoff that contribute to the deterioration of creeks and bays. COMMUNITY HOUSING - The rising cost of housing affects everyone-seniors, veterans, and young working families. It’s the core of the island’s ability to make a bright future for the community. Dickson believes in protecting undeveloped land parcels that might be used for developing community housing and he will seek policies and initiatives to support this effort. TICK BORN ILLNESSES - This a serious health issue. It's prudent to maintain the current 3 pronged approach (4-posters, culling, education), but with a concerted effort to reduce the deer herd by incentivizing local hunters to reduce the deer population.
Craig Wood graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Landscape Architecture. During the formative years of the Internet Craig’s passion for computers drew him away from landscaping and he began programming new online search and discovery algorithms. After a few years developing network advertising platforms he founded Crowd Fusion, a company specializing in large scale media management software systems. Craig and his wife Carrie bought a home on Shelter Island in 2001 to be closer to their two children’s grandparents. In 2017 Craig Wood was appointed to Town Assessor for Shelter Island where he also serves on the Town Deer and Tick Committee.
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Throughout his life, Andrew Cuomo has been a forceful voice for change in New York. His lifelong commitment to hard work, public service, and the people he serves has led to Andrew's recognition as a true innovator and a principled and determined leader.
Former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul enthusiastically accepted Governor Cuomo’s call to return to public service by running as his choice for Lt. Governor. She is currently traveling across New York, listening to the concerns of citizens, elected officials, small business owners and farmers. Once elected, Kathy plans to focus her attention on continuing the success of the Governor and work with the Regional Economic Development Councils to attract and retain business to create much-needed jobs, and address the skills gap to ensure our citizens, particularly in pockets of poverty, have access to the higher-paying jobs.
Tish James is currently serving in her second term as the Public Advocate for the City of New York. She is the first woman of color to hold Citywide office in New York City. As Public Advocate, she serves as a watchdog over New York City government agencies, and an advocate and lawyer for the City’s most vulnerable and disenfranchised communities. As Public Advocate, Tish has transformed the office to be a real engine of reform and progress. Her office has handled over 32,000 constituent complaints and passed more legislation than all previous Public Advocates combined, including groundbreaking legislation that bans questions about salary history from the employment process to address the pervasive gender wage gap.
On February 7, 2007, Thomas P. DiNapoli was sworn in as the 54th Comptroller of the State of New York. Since taking office, Tom has fought to protect taxpayers -- aggressively identifying government waste, holding public and private institutions accountable, and working to restore the public’s trust in the Comptroller’s office.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is a proud New York Democrat. She is running a grassroots campaign to fix our economy and improve life for the middle class and working families across New York. Kirsten remains committed to bringing her grassroots campaign to every New Yorker and working tirelessly on behalf of the Empire State.