Both parties are offering newcomers for the three town board seats.
The GOP made an unexpected move in nominating Michelle Johnson, an attorney from Lattingtown who has never run for office and whose party work has been limited to helping on campaigns. She got the nod after Elizabeth Faughnan resigned in March to become deputy executive director of NuHealth System, which runs Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow.
The most visible name among the Democratic town board contenders is Christopher Briggs of Oyster Bay, a part-time bay constable for the Town of North Hempstead and president of the Bay Constable Benevolent Association, which represents bay constables in western Long Island. Briggs, a part-time bay constable in Oyster Bay until he was laid off last year, has filed a lawsuit against the town in federal court after being injured in an accident he attributes to an unsafe patrol boat.
As expected, Massapequa Park Mayor James Altadonna was tapped by the GOP to run for town clerk to replace Steven Labriola, who resigned in February to become chief of staff for Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos.
If the usual practice is followed, Altadonna and Johnson will be appointed by the all-GOP town board to fill the vacancies so they can run as incumbents in November.
The other Democrats running for the board are political newcomer Shaker Nelanuthala of Massapequa, CEO of the Herbal Destinations nutritional supplement company, and Kimberly Snow of Bethpage. An attorney, she ran for a 4th District Court judgeship last year.Capobianco, who runs a landscape gardening business, is serving his second term on the Farmingdale school board. Venditto, who has been supervisor for 16 years, has said that if he wins a ninth term, he will serve for the full two years.