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Conservatives go another way on Suffolk Leg. seat

Suffolk Conservatives have put up their own candidate to run in the county legislature’s lone open seat, but not the same contender they had earlier tried to sell to Republicans.

Edward Walsh, Suffolk Conservative chairman, named Timothy Molnar of Islip Terrace as a candidate in the contest where Republicans have named former legislative aide Thomas Cilmi and Democrats have a primary between Patrick Nolan, son of Islip Supervisor Philip Nolan and Brendan Stanton, aide to Legis. Wayne Horsley.

In screenings in West Babylon Friday night, the minor party also endorsed Democrat Michael Kennedy, Independence Party member David Morris and Conservative Philip Murphy for Islip District Court as part of three-way major-minor party cross endorsement deal.

Still unsettled Monday afternoon was a decision about whether to cross-endorse Republican minority leader Legis. Dan Losquadro or Democrat Bryan Lilly. Losqadro angered the minor party by planning a fundraiser honoring PBA president Jeff Frayler, an event that has been postponed. The minor party has also not made a decision whom to back in the second legislative district, where former Republican, and now Independence Party member, Legis. Jay Schneiderman is running for re-election without any major party support, at least now.

One surprise at the Conservative screening was that Southampton's Republican Supervisor Linda Kabot showed up unannounced to make a pitch for the minor party's backing, even though Southampton Republicans have already named town Conservative leader and deputy county clerk James Malone as their candidate. While Kabot addressed party leaders, Malone recused himself from the meeting.

"It came out of left field," said Walsh, who said the party will back Malone. "But she's articulate and didn't do too bad."

Rick Brand

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