Former Republican Islip Town board member Pamela Greene has taken a first step toward a political comeback.
Greene, laid off last year by the Bellone administration as head of Suffolk’s real estate office, was screened by the town GOP last week and during the previous weekend by county Conservatives for the county's 8th District legislative seat.
“We had very good conversations,” said Greene, 50, noting she screened with the GOP the day Suffolk’s bond rating dropped. “We have some very serious issues that need serious solutions, not one-shot gimmicks.”
The open 8th District seat is a high-profile contest because Democrats are running William Lindsay, son of much-respected Presiding Officer Bill Lindsay (D-Holbrook), who is term limited and battling cancer. The GOP and Conservatives also see the race as a major opportunity because the district voter registration tilts Republican by nearly 6,000 voters. Until Greene screened, no other GOP contenders interviewed ever won elected office.
A GOP town board member for 19 years, Greene, a Bayport lawyer, ran a close but losing 2006 race for town supervisor in a three-way contest. Greene lost after then-Assemb. Tom Barraga, now a county lawmaker, split the vote as the Conservative candidate, allowing Democrat Philip Nolan to win. Greene is also a close ally of former County Executive Steve Levy, who once represented the district.
Edward Walsh, Suffolk Conservative chairman, said he asked Greene to come in for a screening, but added a poll is under way to gauge who would make the best candidate.