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No Fiore-Rosenfeld bid for board re-election

Councilman Steve Fiore-Rosenfeld speaks during a press conference

Councilman Steve Fiore-Rosenfeld speaks during a press conference about problems with Stony Brook student housing off campus in surrounding communities. (March 25, 2013) Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Steve Fiore-Rosenfeld, a Brookhaven Democratic town board member for nearly a decade, has decided not to run for re-election.

"It's a personal decision," said town party chairman Anthony Parlatore, adding Fiore-Rosenfeld informed him of his decision in the last two days. The party leader said voters are losing a "superb town official" who represented his district well.

The town party Saturday will screen candidates for Fiore-Rosenfeld's seat, Parlatore said Friday, with the party convention looming Tuesday night at the Coram firehouse.

Last month, district attorney investigators seized three computers from Fiore-Rosenfeld's town board office. Sources close to the case say the computers were seized as part of a probe into town employees and town-owned equipment being used to circulate nominating petitions, and allegations Fiore-Rosenfeld asked his employees to circulate petitions for bonuses.

Edward Yule, Fiore-Rosenfeld's attorney, said his client has not been accused of any wrongdoing, adding that the DA's probe involves the entire town and his decision had nothing to do with the pending investigation.

"Steve considered this long before the computers were subpoenaed and there's no connection at all," Yule said. "He's had offers for months for other financial opportunities." Yule said his client will fill the remainder of his term.

"I am proud of the accomplishments that have occurred during my 10 years serving the Town of Brookhaven," Fiore-Rosenfeld said in a statement Friday.

Jesse Garcia, Brookhaven GOP chairman, said Fiore-Rosenfeld is departing "because he sees the clock ticking down on his political career."

Democrats Saturday will interview Jonathan Kornrich, a Three Village school board member; Raymond Smith, a retired police lieutenant and legal aid attorney; and attorneys Valerie Cartwright and Jack Harrington.

Republican officials say they plan to run Leslea Snyder, a former Port Jefferson Village trustee and a government liaison for a major drug firm.

With Deon Hampton

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