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Ex-Dem Assemb. Ginny Fields seeks electoral comeback in Islip

Former Democratic Assemb. Ginny Fields, of Oakdale, is

Former Democratic Assemb. Ginny Fields, of Oakdale, is seeking to make an electoral comeback as a Republican candidate for Islip Town Board. Credit: Kathy Kmonicek

Former Democratic Assemb. Ginny Fields is looking to make an electoral comeback and do it as a Republican.

Fields, 71, of Oakdale, sent a letter and resume to town GOP chairman William Garbarino asking to be screened for Islip Town Board.

Garbarino said he will honor Fields’ request to be screened for town board for two seats, now held by Republicans Trish Bergin-Weichbrodt and Steve Flotteron. Flotteron, however, is interested in running for the seat now held by term-limited Suffolk Legis. Tom Barraga.

Fields did not return calls for comment. Garbarino said she will be screened with other town board contenders on April 22.

Fields, a Republican before she entered politics, returned to the Grand Old Party in 2014 after losing her Assembly seat in 2010 when she was beaten in a three-way Democratic primary. She lost the 2011 race as the Democratic candidate for town tax assessor. She did not return calls for comment.

In 2003, ex-Islip Supervisor Pete McGowan told an election night crowd “We beat the bimbo” after he had defeated Fields in a heated race marked by highly personal attacks in which Fields labeled him “a dictator” and “corrupt.” McGowan later was convicted of misusing campaign funds.

Fields had left the Republican Party in 1999. She won a seat on the Suffolk County Legislature and was elected to the Assembly in 2004, filling the seat Steve Levy left to become Suffolk County executive.

Garbarino took no position on Fields’ candidacy, saying, “I believe it’s a person’s right to be screened and we should consider anyone who wants to be considered as a candidate.”

As for Fields’ chances, Garbarino said, “Some people have short memories, other have long memories. . . . These days, nothing surprises me. It’s going to be a very interesting year.”

Richard Schaffer, Suffolk Democratic chairman, said, “I wish her well, but not too well.“

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