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Tim Sini is running for Suffolk County District Attorney to restore integrity to the office and make Suffolk County a safer place to live, work and raise a family. He currently serves as the Suffolk County Police Commissioner. Following a scandal that ended in the federal prosecution of the former Chief of Department, Tim was appointed to this position in January of 2016. Previously, he served as Suffolk’s Deputy County Executive for Public Safety.
Errol Toulon, Jr. has 30 years of criminal-justice experience, heavily centered upon corrections intelligence and combating gang violence both inside and outside of correctional facilities. His criminal justice experience commenced with 22 years as a uniformed Member of Service with the New York City Correction Department, where he served as a supervisor and instructor at the Correction Academy, the Firearms and Tactics Unit, Emergency Service Unit and Office of Compliance Consultants. Errol then spent two years serving the constituents of Suffolk County as the Assistant Deputy County Executive for Public Safety under the administration of County Executive Steve Bellone, where he supervised eight public-safety departments, including the Suffolk County Police Department and the Department of Fire, Rescue, and Emergency services, as well as the Medical Examiner’s Office.
Bill Lindsay III was elected County Legislator of the 8th District on November 5, 2013. Bill has been a lifelong resident of the 8th Legislative District, growing up in Holbrook and graduating from Sachem High School in 1990. After earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from St. Josephs College in 1994 he began his career in the private sector, working for Government Employers Insurance Company.
I immigrated to the United States from El Salvador at the age of 3. My mother, in search of a better life for her children, left me with my grandmother at the age of one. It was extremely difficult for my mother to leave her family but I believe the journey she endured, shaped the strong family values and bond which exists amongst the family today.
Joe Tronolone is a 32-year resident of Islip with strong ties to his community. A dedicated member of the Islip Fire Department since 2006, Joe has volunteered countless hours to help keep his neighbors safe. He’s also a community leader and activist that has organized and participated in actions on issues ranging from healthcare to the environment, campaign finance reform and food quality. During his time volunteering for several campaigns Joe realized he had a passion for talking with people and listening to what issues were important to them. In addition to serving on the Islip Town & Suffolk County Democratic Committees, Joe was also a delegate candidate for Bernie Sanders in 2016. Joe graduated from Islip High School, Suffolk Community College and received a B.A. in Mathematics from Saint Joseph’s College. From 2006-2015 Joe worked in banking where he helped working families & small businesses and saw the financial challenges they face. After 9 years Joe left banking to pursue what he felt was a more meaningful & rewarding career as a math teacher.
As Mayor , my motto is “anytime anywhere” and I will continue to hold that philosophy as your Legislator so that when it comes time to meeting with Suffolk residents … I will be there.” - Mayor Joe McDermott Joe McDermott is the current Mayor of Brightwaters. His term as Mayor has been successful and effective. Joe balanced Brightwaters’ budget in a transparent manner, unified the Village in solving problems and has further demonstrated his commitment in achieving solutions by reaching out for support to all necessary parties. McDermott uses the motto of “anytime anywhere” as his leading strategy as Mayor and plans to continue doing so as Legislator. As a result of his dedication and achievements, Joe McDermott is well known and respected in the Brightwaters community. In addition to being the Mayor of the Village of Brightwaters, Joe works as Structural Ironworker and a member of Local 361 for the past 21 years. His support for the community does not stop there. Joe is a volunteer coach for CYO Basketball and Bay Shore-Brightwaters Lacrosse. In conjunction with being a coach, Joe McDermott is also an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 153 in Bay Shore. Joe currently resides in Brightwaters with his wife Mary, and their three children, Riley, Cynthia and Olivia.
Susan A. Berland was first elected to the Huntington Town Board in 2001 and re-elected to four-year terms in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015. As the Town’s first full-time Councilmember, Susan’s door is always open. She has worked tirelessly to make the town’s government open, accessible and responsive, bringing Town Board, Zoning Board and Planning Board meetings to everyone’s home through the creation of the Town of Huntington TV Channel. Susan has distinguished herself as an effective advocate for our entire community.
Jason received a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2000, and in 2004 earned a J.D. from New York Law School. After law school, he practiced general litigation for two well-respected mid-sized law firms, one on Long Island, and another in New York City. Then he served in a management and legal role for a family-owned environmental and construction company. In 2011, combining his prior law firm experience with his construction knowledge, he returned to law firm practice joining the Litigation and Public Infrastructure & Construction group in the New York office of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. In this position he worked on legal matters arising from some of the largest public infrastructure projects in the New York City area including East Side Access (LIRR to Grand Central) and the New Tappan Zee Bridge, other high profile projects such as One World Trade Center, as well as numerous other public and private projects. In 2016, Jason started his own law firm, Fenley LLP, located in Bay Shore, where his practice is focused on construction, infrastructure and commercial matters. Building on his strong public infrastructure background and legal representation of public entities, Jason is set to earn an M.B.A. later this year with a concentration in public finance through the Rutgers School of Business. Additionally, Jason is an active member of the community both professionally and personally. Professionally, he is active in various business organizations, including the Long Island Association, the Long Island Contractors’ Association, the Long Island Builders Institute, the Hauppauge Industrial Association of Long Island, and the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Bay Shore. At home, Jason is the father to four boys, the oldest Aidan, and identical triplets, Owen, Noah and Miles (you read that correctly, identical triplets, ask and he’ll proudly show you pictures of all four boys), and husband to Kelli, an assistant principal with Nassau BOCES. Jason is also an active member of the Bay Shore Lions Club and served as the Associate Village Justice for the Village of Brightwaters until earlier this year
Samuel Gonzalez Jr, born in Brooklyn New York, has spent his career as a labor advocate representing workers across New York State. With more than 32 years of experience in the labor movement, Mr. Gonzalez has proven to be an exceptional leader; dedicated to charting a new course for the labor movement in New York City and beyond.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is a proud New York Democrat. She is running a grassroots campaign to fix our economy and improve life for the middle class and working families across New York. Kirsten remains committed to bringing her grassroots campaign to every New Yorker and working tirelessly on behalf of the Empire State.
NYS Executive Branch
Throughout his life, Andrew Cuomo has been a forceful voice for change in New York. His lifelong commitment to hard work, public service, and the people he serves has led to Andrew's recognition as a true innovator and a principled and determined leader.
Former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul enthusiastically accepted Governor Cuomo’s call to return to public service by running as his choice for Lt. Governor. She is currently traveling across New York, listening to the concerns of citizens, elected officials, small business owners and farmers. Once elected, Kathy plans to focus her attention on continuing the success of the Governor and work with the Regional Economic Development Councils to attract and retain business to create much-needed jobs, and address the skills gap to ensure our citizens, particularly in pockets of poverty, have access to the higher-paying jobs.
On February 7, 2007, Thomas P. DiNapoli was sworn in as the 54th Comptroller of the State of New York. Since taking office, Tom has fought to protect taxpayers -- aggressively identifying government waste, holding public and private institutions accountable, and working to restore the public’s trust in the Comptroller’s office.
Eric T. Schneiderman was elected the 65th Attorney General of New York State on November 2, 2010. As Attorney General, Schneiderman is the highest ranking law enforcement officer for the State, responsible for representing New York and its residents in legal matters. Schneiderman has worked to restore the public’s faith in its public and private sector institutions by focusing on areas including public integrity, economic justice, social justice and environmental protection.
Philip Ramos represents the 6th Assembly District, which includes portions of the hamlets of Brentwood, Baywood, Central Islip, Bay Shore, North Bay Shore, Islip and Islandia. He was elected to a newly created Assembly seat in 2002.
As a mother, educator and community leader Christine Pellegrino directly understands the challenges facing Long Island’s families.
As an elementary school reading teacher for the past twenty five years, Christine has shown leadership by regularly organizing and facilitating team meetings with colleagues and serving as the outreach coordinator for her department. She communicates with various groups throughout the school community, working with those students who are identified as being at-risk for reading below grade level and regularly advocating for their needs in various settings. Her commitment and dedication to our children has been recognized by both colleagues and parents.
No stranger to Albany, as the Political Action Chair, she attends the annual NYSUT sponsored Lobby Days to participate in the direct lobbying of local lawmakers on specific issues facing educators and has also organized and implemented a successful annual tradition of lobbying in Albany by a coalition of various stakeholder groups.
As a leader of the Opt Out movement Christine has advocated and organized against standardization from Albany that harms our children. She has fought for funding for education and believes that Long Island’s families deserve their fair share of dollars from Albany.
A proud mother of two children in middle school, Christine earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education in 1991 and her Master of Science Degree in Education: Reading Specialist in 1998. She also received an Education Professional Diploma, School Supervision & Administration in 2012.