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Adding to chaos already going on among Smithtown Republicans, term-limited Suffolk Legis. Lynne Nowick (R-St. James) has asked party officials to screen as a candidate for town board.
Nowick, 65, said she has not been screened yet and does not expect that the party will bring candidates in for interviews until the third or fourth week of April.
What makes Nowick’s screening unusual is that the two seats available are now held by GOP town board members — Thomas McCarthy, who is aligned with Supervisor Patrick Vecchio, and Kevin Malloy, who is allied with Vecchio’s challenger for supervisor, Robert Creighton, a GOP town board member. She has so far taken no public position in the supervisor’s battle.
Nowick’s major asset is that she is an 18-year veteran — 12 as a legislator and six as tax receiver. She would be the lone woman on the town board. Her late father, Eugene Cannataro, also spent 24 years as a town board member.
Asked if her candidacy would pose any problem between her and the current incumbents, she said, “Not for me.”