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Islip Town Democrats screen new candidates
Islip Democrats have begun screening replacement town board candidates — including Astrid Fidelia, former executive director of the town’s Foreign Trade Zone, and Kevin Faivre, a former councilman’s aide — in anticipation of naming new contenders today following the nominated candidates’ departures from the race.
A Faivre candidacy could present a further wrinkle: Suffolk Democrats chose Faivre, who works for the county elections board, to face incumbent Republican Legis. Tom Cilmi.
But Democratic county chairman Richard Schaffer said in a voice mail that the county committee would abide by Islip’s decision and, if necessary, “We’ll just find another candidate.”
Gerry Pallotta, chairman of the Islip Democratic Committee, did not respond to calls Tuesday, but wrote in an email to the committee, which was obtained by Newsday, that Fidelia and Faivre were being screened.
The second go-round follows the abrupt departures of Dafny Irizzary and Ken Mangan, who cited work conflicts in leaving the race against GOP incumbents Steven J. Flotteron and Trish Bergin Weichbrodt.
The Democrats potentially face a primary fight from attorney Ivan Young and state worker Deborah Slinkosky.
Fidelia, 46, a real estate broker, and Faivre, 31, said the party asked them to consider a run and they were scheduled to meet with the committee Tuesday night.
“It does look favorable, so we shall see,” said Fidelia, of Islip hamlet. She said her work at the trade zone would position her to work on economic development issues.
“I'm passionate about economic development,” said Fidelia. “I have a lot of insight and contacts.”
Faivre, of East Islip, said he’s giving the candidacy “serious consideration.”
Faivre said he’d push for transparency on the board. For example, when the board raised taxes 28 percent last year, he said the town should have “opened up the books and let everyone see what they were claiming.”