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Substitution of Smithtown candidates criticized

Substitutions were made Thursday for candidates in Smithtown Town primaries on a petition generated by a former town highway superintendent.

Daniel Donnelly went to the board of elections to substitute his wife, Linda Donnelly, as a candidate for Smithtown supervisor and his daughter’s next-door neighbor Kathleen DiBernardo for town council, both on the Conservative line, and a political unknown, Thomas D. McCarthy, for highway superintendent on both the Conservative and Independent lines, Smithtown GOP chairman Bill Ellis said.

Ellis also is a deputy commissioner at the board of elections.

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Attempts to reach Daniel and Linda Donnelly, DiBernardo and McCarthy were not immediately successful.

“It’s just another jimmy-jam by Dan Donnelly,” said Ellis, adding that the substitution of McCarthy is especially egregious. “He’s doing it to create a mix-up with everybody, because now, there’s going to be two Tom McCarthys on the Conservative Party ballot.” Thomas McCarthy is a Smithtown councilman running for re-election, endorsed by both the Conservative and Republican committees.

Smithtown Conservative chairman Gary Forte said he wasn’t familiar with any of Donnelly’s substitutions.

“Bring it on! Give us your best shot,” he said. “These potential candidates don’t scare anybody in the least.”

The Independence Party has until Monday to file an authorization on Thomas D. McCarthy as a substitution and Democrats must determine a candidate for highway superintendent or leave their line blank by Friday via postmarked mail or in person at the Board of Elections, Ellis said.

Attempts to reach Smithtown Democratic Committee chairman Ed Maher and Suffolk County Democratic chairman Richard Schaffer were not immediately successful.

Tags: Smithtown , elections , candidates , Conservatives , Independents

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