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No rival for Nissequogue mayor in re-election race

From left, Glenn Williams, president of the Smithtown

From left, Glenn Williams, president of the Smithtown Rotary Club, and Richard Smith, 58, mayor of Nissequogue and a direct descendant of the founder of Smithtown, leave Butera's on Main Street in Smithtown. (March 18, 2013) (Credit: Brittany Wait)

Barring a write-in campaign, Nissequogue Mayor Richard B. Smith will run unopposed for re-election next month.

Smith, 58, a banker who is seeking his seventh two-year term in the unpaid position, has served on the village board since becoming a trustee in 1991.

Trustee Lawrence Kenney and newcomer Christa Amato are unopposed for two open seats on the village board. Each seat carries a two-year term.

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Amato, chairwoman of the village’s architectural review board, is running for the seat held by trustee John T. Moore, who is not seeking re-election.

Voting will take place on June 18, from noon to 9 p.m., at Village Hall, 631 Moriches Rd., St James.

Smith, who is running with Kenney and Amato on the People’s Party ticket, said he hopes to improve the village’s financial condition and work on beautification projects in his next term. The village last month adopted a $1.75 million budget for 2013-14, which raises property taxes 4.75 percent.

“There’s still work to be done,” Smith said. “I think when you’re in a position to volunteer, you always have the opportunity to make things better, and I think that’s what motivates me.”

The 3.6-square-mile village in the Town of Smithtown is entirely residential. It includes wooded areas and wetlands along the Nissequogue River and Stony Brook Harbor.
-- Carl MacGowan 

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