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Two incumbents and one other candidate vie for two open seats on the Old Field board

An executive with a prominent Long Island real estate firm is challenging a pair of incumbent trustees for one of two open seats on the Old Field Village Board.

John Damianos, an officer of Damianos Realty Group in Smithtown, is making his second run for a seat on the five-member board. He ran for trustee in 1999.

Incumbent trustees Stephen Shybunko and Jeffrey Owen are seeking re-election. Each seat carries a two-year term.

Damianos, 63, declined to criticize Owen or Shybunko or cite specific issues he is concerned about. He said the small North Shore village is "well run."

"I thought I could improve on conditions in the village," Damianos said in an interview. "I think I can bring a management perspective to the village. I deal in many of the same issues as the village in my current position."

Shybunko and Owen did not return numerous calls and emails seeking comment.

Damianos is running on the Wide Water Party line, named for the former estate of Ward Melville that later became the home of real estate executive Don Pius. Damianos and Pius were running mates under the Wide Water banner when Pius ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 1999.

Old Field, an incorporated village in the Town of Brookhaven since 1927, had 975 residents as of 2007, according to the village website.

Damianos said his company, founded by his father, Xenophon Damianos, a family physician who became an early developer of Long Island medical buildings, owns or manages more than a dozen commercial properties in Suffolk and Nassau counties. Damianos, a village resident since 1982, is a single father.

He said commercial leasing issues would interest him if he is elected to the board. "I would like to handle some of the work that the village is engaged in," Damianos said.

Voting is 2 to 9 p.m. at Old Field Village Hall, 207 Old Field Rd.

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