Suffolk Democrats are mourning the death last week of Mimi Brennan, 85, a longtime party official who spearheaded efforts to turn the rock-ribbed GOP Shelter Island town Democratic.
“She was the mover and shaker, who really got things done,” said Heather Reylek, town Democratic leader, a protege of Brennan. Brennan was a retired Brooklyn school teacher who settled on the island and served as party secretary and treasurer.
Assemb. James Brennan (D-Brooklyn) is her son.
Reylek said Brennan was the “driving force” behind putting Democratic enrollment ahead of Republican about two years ago. Registration on the island today stands at 763 Democrats to 699 Republicans.
“She groomed all of us to be better committeee people,” said Reylek.