Town candidates now focus on November election
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Candidates in town elections on Long Island are looking to the November general election, now that the primary season is behind them.
Results in Nassau and Suffolk counties make it clearer who's running in November.
Supervisor Frank Petrone will face Councilman Gene Cook in the supervisor race. Petrone, who has the Democratic nomination, won the Working Families line Tuesday. Cook, who has the Conservative line, won the GOP and Independence lines in the primary.
"I have all the experience in running the town," Petrone said yesterday.
Cook said Wednesday "there are a lot of things Frank has failed to do over the last 20 years and things that need real work." Cook said his priorities include doing less bonding and more town building maintenance.
Town Highway Superintendent William Naughton won the Democratic primary and will face Peter Gunther, a retired firefighter. Gunther was endorsed by the Conservative, Independence and Republican parties.
"It is time for a change," Gunther said yesterday.
Naughton, who has been highway superintendent since elected in 1987, said he has led the department during Huntington's worst storms, saying he can "deal with anything that comes along."
Four candidates are vying for two seats on the town board. Incumbent Mark Cuthbertson and Tracey Edwards won the Working Families Party line Tuesday. They also have the Democratic and Independence lines. Incumbent Mark Mayoka and Josh Price won the GOP lines Tuesday and they both also have the Conservative lines.
Angela DeVito's Democratic primary win sets her up as the sole challenger to Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter, who has the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines. DeVito has the Working Families line.
Nasrin Ahmad's victory in the Conservative primary means she will only face Jasmine Garcia Vieux in the Hempstead town clerk's race. Garcia Vieux has the Democratic and Working Families lines.
In Long Beach, GOP City Council candidates Janna Jachniewicz and Damian Walsh won, and Republican judge candidate Theodore Hommel won Independence lines. Democratic Councilwoman Eileen Goggin also won an Independence line.
A potential tie vote in the Glen Cove City Council race could mean the Nassau County Independence party leadership picks the last candidate for November's election. There is a tie for sixth place between Martin Carmody, who is also running on the Democratic line, and Republican candidate Efraim Spagnoletti. County Independence Party chairman Rick Bellando said a six-member executive committee would choose the candidate.
Write-in ballots for the supervisor races won't be counted until next week, according to the Suffolk County Board of Elections.
In Southampton, two are still vying for the Conservative Party's supervisor -- Linda Kabot, a Republican and former supervisor, and Phil Keith, a newspaper columnist and retired naval commander. In East Hampton, GOP voters could write in a candidate for supervisor after Democrat Larry Cantwell declined the party's cross-endorsement.
With Ted Phillips, Patrick Whittle and David Schwartz