The Babylon Town clerk said she won’t run for re-election in November, leaving two political newcomers to face off for the position.
Town Clerk Carol Quirk said on Friday she decided not to seek a third term because she wasn’t sure if she would want to stay in office for the duration of the term. Quirk, a Democrat who lives in Deer Park and served as town councilwoman from 2001 to 2008, said her husband is retiring and she has a fifth grandchild on the way.
“It’s a four-year commitment and I can’t commit to four more years,” Quirk, 70, said. “It’s not fair to the people at Town Hall, it’s not fair to the party that has supported me, and first and foremost it’s not fair to the people in the Town of Babylon that voted for me and supported me, to say yes I will and then I don’t stay.”
Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer said Quirk has done “a terrific job” as clerk.
Democrats have chosen Schaffer’s assistant, Gerry Compitello, to run for the position. Compitello, who previously worked in marketing, first started working for the town 10 years ago in the clerk’s office, later becoming former Town Supervisor Steve Bellone’s assistant and following him to Suffolk County when he became county executive in 2012. She also worked as executive assistant to former Industrial Development Agency head Robert Stricoff before Schaffer brought her back to Town Hall as his assistant in 2013.
Schaffer said Compitello is his “go-to person” and is highly organized and good with people.
Compitello, 54, of Amityville, said she’s often thought of entering public service and thinks the clerk position is a natural fit.
“I love the clerk job,” she said. “There’s a lot of customer service and community service and that’s where I excel.”
Republicans have chosen Lindenhurst resident Kevin Sabella, 28, to run against Compitello.
“He is a bright, honest young man committed to and with deep roots in the community,” said Babylon Town Republican chairman Tony Pancella. Sabella, he said, is “full of ideas about modernizing and making the clerk’s office more accessible” to residents.
Sabella said he works as a paralegal but declined to name the firm.
“I wanted to bring a younger perspective to the office and modernize it any way I can,” he said. Some ideas, he said, include placing more forms online and increasing office hours to process forms in a more timely manner.