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Suffolk DA, sheriff, treasurer win unopposed races

Sheriff Vincent DeMarco (Oct. 1, 2009)

Sheriff Vincent DeMarco (Oct. 1, 2009) Photo Credit: James Carbone

Bolstered by a deal that gave them endorsements from multiple political parties, Suffolk County's district attorney, sheriff and treasurer ran without opposition and were re-elected Tuesday.

District Attorney Thomas Spota, a Mount Sinai Democrat, won his third four-year term as the county's top prosecutor. Spota, 68, ran with the endorsement of the Conservative and Republican parties.

Vincent DeMarco, 41, of Cold Spring Harbor, was re-elected to his second four-year term as sheriff. Also winning re-election was Angie Carpenter, 61, of West Islip, who will return for her second four-year term.

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The political deal gave the candidates a free ride in the election. Last winter, Conservative Party chairman Edward Walsh, who works for DeMarco, negotiated a deal that gave DeMarco the Conservative and Democratic Party lines, but also the Republican and Independence lines.

The cross-filing allowed DeMarco to avoid a challenge from a candidate backed by the Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association, which has clashed with DeMarco on sheriffs taking over Long Island Expressway patrols from Suffolk County police.

DeMarco said he was looking forward to working on completion of a new county jail in Yaphank and upgrading technology in his department.

"I think we're going to continue on our direction of making the sheriff's office the most efficient component of the criminal justice system and increase public safety," DeMarco said.

It was Spota's second election without an opponent. Spota has said he'll focus on investigating and preventing corruption, heroin trafficking, gang activity, gun violence and mortgage fraud.

Carpenter, a county lawyer for 13 years before becoming treasurer, said she'll try to make it easier for the public to use her office, including allowing partial payments of back taxes.

>>PHOTOS: Click here to see election highlights and lowlights

>>RESULTS: Click here for complete town-by-town vote totals

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