BACKGROUND: Fortunato, 57, of the hamlet of Smithtown, is seeking her first term in public office after an unsuccessful run for town council in 2017. Fortunato is also running on the Women's Equality and Working Families party lines. She worked in marketing and facilities management at Citibank from 1985 to 1992 and since 2009 has worked with young adults at New York Philadelphia Presbyterian Church in Port Washington, where she is now English ministries pastor. She graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in marketing in 1988 and from New York Theological Seminary with a master of divinity degree in 2008. She is married with three adult children.
ISSUES: Fortunato said she would increase public involvement in capital planning and town projects by holding more workshops and conducting public meetings in larger venues. She said she would take direct steps toward downtown revitalization: “It doesn’t take $2 million to run the street sweeper down through the business district on a regular basis and empty the garbage cans.” She proposed that town council switch to districts, instead of the current at-large system, to increase council members’ accountability to residents. She also proposed a “business analysis of the value of our town owning and operating the animal shelter.” The current town council has solicited proposals for private management of that facility.