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Democrats pick pair to run for Islip board

Islip Town Hall in an undated photo.

Islip Town Hall in an undated photo. Credit: Erin Geismar

Islip Democrats have chosen Astrid Fidelia and Kevin Faivre to run against Republican incumbents Steven J. Flotteron and Trish Bergin Weichbrodt for two town board seats this fall.

Fidelia, 46, of Islip hamlet, is a real estate broker and the former director of the Islip Foreign Trade Zone under past Democratic Supervisor Phil Nolan. Faivre, 31, of East Islip, is a former councilman’s aide who now works for the county elections board.

Islip Town Democratic Committee chairman Gerry Pallotta said the pair, selected by the committee Tuesday night, are “excellent candidates who will make great council people.”

Former candidates Ken Mangan and Dafny Irizzary recently bowed out.

“They have great experience, very applicable to the job,” Pallotta said of the new nominees. If elected, they would “give a voice to people who don’t have a voice right now,” he said.

Fidelia, who also is president of the Haitian American Political Action Committee of New York, said she is “passionate” about economic development.

“I want to bring more jobs and I want to represent the people,” Fidelia said. “I want the people to have someone in the town that can listen to them and represent them.”

Faivre said he would seek more transparency in town government and would make a bigger push for grant funding of projects.

“These are certainly tough times right now but we know we can do better,” he said.

Faivre had been named by the county party to face Republican Legis. Tom Cilmi. County Democratic chairman Richard Schaffer did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday, but told Newsday earlier he would honor the town committee’s choice and find another candidate if necessary.

Islip Republican Committee chairman Frank Tantone said, “I would just like to say good luck and it’ll be an interesting summer. Campaigning is difficult and we wish them luck.”


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