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Poquott, Shoreham village voters oust mayors, several trustees

Voters in a pair of small North Shore villages have ousted their mayors and several incumbent trustees.

Poquott Mayor Barbara Donovan and Shoreham Mayor Roger Pijacki lost their re-election bids Tuesday to candidates who campaigned on promises to improve transparency at their village halls.

Donovan and Pijacki were among four Long Island mayors who were turned out of office Tuesday. Atlantic Beach Mayor Stephen Mahler and Bayville Mayor Douglas Watson also were defeated.

Three incumbent trustees also lost in Poquott and Shoreham, which are 11 miles apart in Brookhaven Town.

In Poquott, Donovan lost to first-time candidate Dolores "Dee" Parrish, 135-122. Trustees Sandra Nicoletti and Christine Vitkun were defeated by former Deputy Mayor John Pesek, 63, and Poquott Civic Association president Edward Schmidt, 21.

Parrish, Pesek and Schmidt -- who took their campaign party name, J.E.D., from the initials of their first names -- said they were concerned about the condition of Poquott's parks and beaches. They also pledged to improve communications with village residents.

"We feel the village doesn't use the website properly," said Parrish, 46, who co-owns an environmental consulting firm with her husband. "They're really still in the pen-and-paper age, and we hope to change that."

Pesek, a retired science teacher, said "people wanted some change in the village. It seemed to me there was a bit of a disconnect in the village between the board and the residents."

Donovan did not return calls for comment.

Schmidt, entering his senior year at Stony Brook University, said the incumbents "did a great job," but many residents felt "shunned" by village government. "They're closed out of everything," he said. "I'm really interested in transparent government."

Parrish, Schmidt and Pesek are to be sworn in during the village reorganizational meeting on July 7.

In Shoreham, Pijacki was defeated by Sound Party challenger Ed Weiss, 143-87. Weiss' running mates, Kathleen Baumann Schnoor and Rosie Connell, won two trustee seats, defeating trustee Carol Willen, who is also deputy mayor, and John Miller of Pijacki's Advancement Party. Trustee Joe Falco did not seek re-election.

Weiss, an executive at a Manhattan real estate firm, was not available for comment. He, Baumann Schnoor and Connell will be sworn in on July 8.

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