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Sides lined up for Oyster Bay elections

John Venditto (R, I, C, Working Families), winner

John Venditto (R, I, C, Working Families), winner for Town of Oyster Bay supervisor (June 29, 2007)
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As expected, Oyster Bay’s Republican Committee has nominated the town’s supervisor, clerk, tax receiver and council members to seek re-election in the fall. The town’s Democrats have nominated a slate of challengers, including a current school board member and two people from the Independence Party.

The GOP committee on Tuesday tapped seven-term Supervisor John Venditto, Clerk Steven Labriola, Tax Receiver James Stefanich and council members Joseph Muscarella, Anthony Macagnone and Rebecca Alesia. The slate accounts for all but three of the town’s elected officials — the remaining council seats aren’t up for vote this year.

At the nomination, Venditto pledged to freeze town taxes for 2012, officials said. The North Massapequa resident is seeking his eighth two-year term.

Labriola, of Massapequa Park, has served as town clerk since 2003. Stefanich, of Syosset, was first elected tax receiver in 1999.

Muscarella, a North Massapequa insurance agent, joined the town board in 1995 and is its longest-serving member. Macagnone, a local carpenter’s union treasurer from Farmingdale, followed in 1999.

Alesia, an attorney who lives in Plainview, won her first election last year, following a midterm appointment.

The town Democratic Committee on Tuesday chose John Capobianco to challenge Venditto. Capobianco, of Farmingdale, serves on that school district’s board. The environmental landscaper and martial arts instructor previously ran for town clerk.

Mike Canzoneri, a Massapequa driver’s education instructor and Independence Party member, was nominated to run for town clerk. Karl Viveiros, a Board of Elections worker, also of Massapequa, will seek the tax receiver position.

For town board, the Democrats tapped Allison McNally, an Old Bethpage real estate broker; Terence Kelly, an East Norwich process server and Independence Party member; and Marc Laykind, a private-practice attorney from Plainview.

Democrats haven’t held a townwide seat in six years, but party leaders said they were excited by this year’s candidates. Their platform, they said, will target incumbents for spending and debt service levels.

Republicans cited the continued town operating surplus and an “unprecedented” refurbishment of parks, fields and beaches in recent years.

Above: Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto


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