Suffolk Sheriff Vincent DeMarco, who resigned as a Suffolk Conservative Party committeeman last year to avoid voting on the re-election of now former party chairman Edward Walsh, may be back as a committee member in time for the minor party’s impending leadership battle in September.
The party faction supporting Brookhaven Conservative co-leader Kenneth Auerbach circulated the petition to make DeMarco a committee member in his home election district in Cold Spring Harbor, according to county election officials.
However, there are two other candidates — put forward by supporters of acting Suffolk Conservative chairman Frank Tinari, a Walsh ally who is looking to succeed the former party leader, who was convicted of federal corruption charges in April.
DeMarco did not return calls for comment; earlier, he had declined to comment when asked if he supported either side in the succession battle. Although DeMarco missed the deadline for declining the committee nomination, if elected he could resign before the convention or not show up.