Former Suffolk Legis. Rick Montano Thursday filed petitions to run in a Democratic primary for Islip Town supervisor on a slate of town and county legislature candidates.
Montano, 65, a Brentwood attorney, said he filed more than 2,900 signatures -- 2,000 are needed to qualify -- at the Suffolk Board of Elections in Yaphank.
He said he is making the race because the town Democratic committee is 75 percent vacant and does not represent the diversity of the community.
"We have a diverse slate -- we want to represent the community and we want to rebuild the party," said Montano.
Richard Schaffer, Suffolk Democratic chairman, dismissed Montano's primary bid as a reaction to his defeat for county legislature two years ago. "He's still smarting from the overwhelming rejection by voters in his legislative district," Schaffer said.
The Islip Democratic Committee on Tuesday filed petitions with more than 3,000 signatures for its slate led by supervisor candidate Thomas Licari of Kismet and town board contenders Joseph McDermott, mayor of Brightwaters, and Christopher Pulitano of Holbrook. Former Suffolk County Treasurer Angie Carpenter, appointed town supervisor earlier this year by the all GOP town board, is seeking her first election to the $103,000-a-year town post.
Also on Montano's slate are town board candidates Miriam Ventura of Central Islip, and Donovan G. Currey of Brentwood; Jorge C. Guadron of Central Islip for town clerk; Nitza Franco of Brentwood for receiver of taxes and Giovanni Mata of Central Islip, who is seeking to challenge Suffolk County Legis. Monica Martinez of Brentwood in the 9th District.
Primary battles also have surfaced in Smithtown, Huntington and Southold.
Republican Liza M. Inzerillo of Kings Park has filed petitions to run in a GOP town board primary in Smithtown against GOP incumbents Robert Creighton and Edward Wehrheim.
In Huntington, former highway superintendent William Naughton, 81, filed petitions with more than 1,500 signatures to run for town board. Andrew T. Merola of Huntington Station filed nearly 1,100 signatures to run a Democratic primary for town board against incumbent Democrat Susan Berland and auto repair shop owner Keith Barrett of Melville, who is making his first run for office.
In Southold, Republican Eileen Powers has filed petitions to run in Republican, Conservative and Independence Party primaries for town justice. She will vie against Republican designee William Goggins in the GOP primary, and against Goggins and Democrat Brian Hughes in the Conservative primary. All are looking to succeed Town Justice Rudy Breuer, who is retiring after two decades.