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Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Contact: Keith Davies
631-219-9270, Keithdavies5@gmail.com

Did Legislator Flotteron Know About Anthony Piccirillo’s Shady Past When He Hired Him?

Suffolk, N.Y.

Today, as more information about Anthony Piccirillo’s past comes to light, the question arises, did Legislator Flotteron know about Anthony Piccirillo’s...read more »

Joe Fritz

ISLIP TOWN—A lifelong Brentwood resident and East Islip-based attorney announced his candidacy for town clerk during the public portion of the Islip Town Board meeting on Tuesday.

Joseph Fritz, who is listed on the Democratic line, began by asking voters to “keep an open mind” in this year’s election. “[Residents] must look to what the town has done and what the candidates plan to do,” Fritz said, adding that voters must also trust...read more »

Sam Gonzalez

Union leader Sam Gonzalez easily won a special election Tuesday night to fill the county legislature seat formerly held by new State Sen. Monica Martinez in the heavily Democratic Ninth District.

With all 36 districts reporting unofficial results, Gonzalez, of Brentwood, had 896 votes, or 77.24 percent. Maria Vidal, of North Bay Shore, tallied 239 votes, or nearly 20.6 percent. Conservative Anne Wiggins of Central Islip received 20...read more »

Sam Gonzalez

The Suffolk Democratic executive committee is expected to name Samuel Gonzalez Thursday as the party's candidate in the March 19 special election for the county legislature seat left vacant by Democrat Monica Martinez's departure for the state Senate.

The nomination is expected to be finalized in a late afternoon conference phone call. Gonzalez was recommended by the party’s screening committee.

“He’s got extensive community...read more »


ALBANY — Democrats on Tuesday seized control of the State Senate from Republicans for only the third time since World War II, flipping as many as four seats on Long Island, according to unofficial results.

Democrats said they rode an anti-Trump blue wave to lead in at least seven races previously held by Republicans, with two more too close to call, and held a hotly contested Democratic seat on Long Island, according to incomplete and...read more »


First time candidates Perry Gershon and Liuba Grechen Shirley defeated longtime party veterans for two Democratic Congressional nominations Tuesday night.

With all precincts reporting, East Hampton businessman Perry Gershon had 36 percent of the vote to 30 percent for former Suffolk Legis. Kate Browning, who called Gershon late last night to congratulate him.

Three other challengers had 34 percent of the vote combined.

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A Town of Islip worker seen spray painting the playground at Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017. Photo Credit: James Carbone

Local Democratic politicians railed against the Town of Islip at Roberto Clemente Park Thursday morning, labeling the newly reopened park’s conditions as “deplorable.”

Suffolk County Legis. Monica Martinez (D-Brentwood) and Sammy Gonzalez Jr., a Democrat running for a seat on the majority Republican Islip Town Board this November, were joined by community activists and residents who decried the state of the hamlet’s largest public...read more »


One Huntington Town official is determined to have residents covered when it comes to their skin.

Councilwoman Susan Berland (D) received support from her Huntington Town Board colleagues to expand her pilot program and provide sunscreen protection for Huntington residents at 14 new locations in addition to Crab Meadow Beach.

Last summer Berland launched a free sunscreen dispenser program at Crab Meadow Beach after working in...read more »


Suffolk Democrats have named Brightwaters Mayor Joseph McDermott as their candidate to run for the seat being vacated by term-limited Suffolk Legis. Thomas Barraga (R-West Islip).

McDermott, 50, who is in his second term as mayor, was first elected to the post in 2014 after serving a year as a village trustee. McDermott made a losing bid for the Islip Town Board in 2015, garnering 13,138 votes in the townwide contest. He also is a...read more »


Suffolk County police will crack down on adults who serve alcohol to minors over the summer, when rates of underage drinking spike, officials said Wednesday.

Last year, Suffolk County strengthened its social host law — which holds adults liable for knowingly permitting underage drinking in their homes — to allow greater enforcement, police Commissioner Timothy Sini said at a news conference at police headquarters in Yaphank. The change...read more »