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Three vie for two trustee seats in Old Field

Three candidates are running for two at-large trustee

Three candidates are running for two at-large trustee seats in the North Shore village of Old Field. Pictured from left to right in these handout photos are: Jeffrey B. Schnee, 55; Robert E. Whitcomb, 59, center; Timothy Hopkins, 60. Credit: Handout

Three candidates are running for two at-large trustee seats in the North Shore village of Old Field.

Former trustee Jeffrey B. Schnee is running on the Solar is Cool line against newcomers Robert E. Whitcomb of the Common Sense Party and Timothy Hopkins of the Shamrock Party. Each seat is a two-year term.

Schnee, 55, grew up in Flushing and received a bachelor's degree in economics at Stony Brook University. He was the chief information officer for Manhattan public relations firm Weber Shandwick Worldwide, and is now a partner in a Port Jefferson-based solar energy firm.

In 1999, he served the remaining eight months of a trustee's term after that trustee moved from the village. He lost a bid for re-election the next year. He's a member of the village planning board.

Schnee is running on his experience in management and accounting. "I've managed a multimillion [dollar] budget. I believe I can help with the village's financial matters," he said, adding, "I believe we have a lot of fiscal constraints that we have to deal with."

Robert E. Whitcomb, 59, grew up in Huntington Station and attended Suffolk Community College and Hofstra University, where he received a bachelor's in business administration. He is the chief executive of his family business, the Whitsons Culinary Group, a food service management company in Islandia.

Whitcomb said he was motivated to run for the board out of "a sense of civic duty," adding, "I just want to make sure I'm doing my job up there and I can help the community, and have good common sense on regulations and codes that help the community but don't hurt the residents."

Timothy Hopkins, 60, grew up in Springfield, Mass., and received his bachelor's in political science from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. He was president of merchandising for Borders Group, the former chief executive of Seattle-based Sur La Table, and moved to Long Island in 2005 where he was the chief operating officer for 1-800-Flowers in Garden City. He left the company last year and is now an independent consultant.

He's on the board of directors for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County. He said he was compelled to run for trustee as a way of "giving back to the community and serving the general public."

"We enjoy our neighbors and our community at large," he said, and pledged to work on "bonding with the neighborhood and our quality of life."

Voting is from noon to 9 p.m. March 18 at Village Hall at 207 Old Field Rd., Setauket.

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