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Parties select Oyster Bay town candidates

Oyster Bay Town Hall on March 26, 2012.

Oyster Bay Town Hall on March 26, 2012. Credit: Nicole Bartoline

Democrats and Republicans have selected their candidates for Oyster Bay Town races in November, setting up a rematch for supervisor.

As he did two years ago, John Capobianco of Farmingdale will take on eight-term incumbent Supervisor John Venditto.

Republican incumbent town board members Chris J. Coschignano of Muttontown, on the board since 2005, and Joseph G. Pinto of Massapequa Park, a councilman for four years, were renominated.

Both parties are offering newcomers for the three town board seats.

The GOP made an unexpected move in nominating Michelle Johnson, an attorney from Lattingtown who has never run for office and whose party work has been limited to helping on campaigns. She got the nod after Elizabeth Faughnan resigned in March to become deputy executive director of NuHealth System, which runs Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow.

The most visible name among the Democratic town board contenders is Christopher Briggs of Oyster Bay, a part-time bay constable for the Town of North Hempstead and president of the Bay Constable Benevolent Association, which represents bay constables in western Long Island. Briggs, a part-time bay constable in Oyster Bay until he was laid off last year, has filed a lawsuit against the town in federal court after being injured in an accident he attributes to an unsafe patrol boat.

As expected, Massapequa Park Mayor James Altadonna was tapped by the GOP to run for town clerk to replace Steven Labriola, who resigned in February to become chief of staff for Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos.

If the usual practice is followed, Altadonna and Johnson will be appointed by the all-GOP town board to fill the vacancies so they can run as incumbents in November.

Facing Altadonna will be Milli Makhijani of Jericho, an attorney who is a law clerk in State Supreme Court in Nassau running for office for the first time.

The other Democrats running for the board are political newcomer Shaker Nelanuthala of Massapequa, CEO of the Herbal Destinations nutritional supplement company, and Kimberly Snow of Bethpage. An attorney, she ran for a 4th District Court judgeship last year.Capobianco, who runs a landscape gardening business, is serving his second term on the Farmingdale school board. Venditto, who has been supervisor for 16 years, has said that if he wins a ninth term, he will serve for the full two years.

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