NYC lawyer Ron Hariri eyes supervisor run as Democrat

03/14/2011 11:20 AM |

COURTESY PHOTO | Ron Hariri

Outspoken North Fork resident and NYC lawyer Ron Hariri is looking into a possible Riverhead Town supervisor run this fall.

Mr. Hariri, a registered Republican who owns homes in Laurel and Aquebogue, said he plans to switch his voter registration to Democrat in hopes of being nominated by the Riverhead Democratic Committee.

First-term Supervisor Sean Walter, a Republican, is up for re-election this year.

“I am frustrated and appalled by the dysfunctional character of our [all-Republican] Town Board,” Mr. Hariri said of his intent to switch parties and run for office. “I’ve been watching reckless, irrational decisions and I think it’s time for me to step up to the plate.”

Mr. Hariri, 53, is perhaps best known locally for his regular — and at times incendiary — phone calls to Riverhead-based radio station WRIV 1390 AM. The calls are mostly critical of town government.

Democratic Committee chairman Vinny Villella said Mr. Hariri has a small group of supporters within the committee who are encouraging him to run. But he said Mr. Hariri will have to go through the candidate screening process, which will begin sometime this month and end in April. He also noted the committee does not turn down any person looking to be screened with the group. Mr. Hariri has indicated that he would delegate his work at his law firm while in office.

Mr. Villella, also a former Republican, switched parties in 1997 when he successfully ran for Riverhead Town Supervisor. “It was a big challenge,” he said of the move, adding that when he ran, the Democrats didn’t have any other potential supervisor candidates.

Mr. Hariri, who reportedly interviewed with the Democratic Committee to run for Town Board in 2009, said he would seek the endorsement of town Republicans and the Independence Party if he fails to get the Democratic nomination.

Recently elected Republican Chairman John Galla declined to comment directly on Mr. Hariri’s intent to run.

“It’s a intra-Democrat party issue at this point,” Mr. Galla said.

Although there are three Republicans on the Town Board — the supervisor and Councilmen Jim Wooten and George Gabrielsen — who are up for reelection this year, Mr. Galla said the Republicans will screen any potential candidates, as is tradition. He added that the committee is “very happy with [their] incumbents.”

Mr. Hariri, who heads the New York City-based law firm Ronald D. Hariri & Associates, said his campaign will be largely financed through his own funds.

“We feel we don’t need to seek substantial funding from anyone,” he said.

A release issued last night announced that Mr. Hariri had formed “an exploratory committee to consider a bid for Supervisor or Town Council” which he said Monday morning meant he had tapped political advisers to map out the best course of action for his candidacy.

Mr. Hariri lives with his longtime partner, Colleen O’Brien, in Aquebogue. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Columbia Law School.

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  • Part time ambulance chasing carpetbagger.

    Keep your filthy NYC destructive liberal policies off the east end.

  • It will be fun watching. this blowhard boob have to actually prodived answers instead of whining and hatred.

  • Democrats are now Republicans… Republicans are now Democrats. Reminds me of a song lyric: “Meet the new boss same as the old boss”… The question remains if we will get fooled again.

  • It’s kind of humerous that all the Democrats can find these days to run for Supervisor and lead their failing party is Republicans…Hey, Columbia…..isn’t that the school where they recently booed a veteran.

  • Being a lawyer is hard these days with the economy, so I could see why he would want to take advantage of public tax dollar to fund his lifestyle.

  • You mean just like the last three supervisors including our current failure. Probably not the motivation as this one doesn”t have the stigma of being a private business failure. Looking at the past dem supervisor and past dem deputy now working for the county, none prosperous. They all appear to need the tax dollar to live. Too bad for us, the taxpayers.

  • Please run as a Republican or an independent. Switching to a Democratic affiliation at this late date seems disingenuous. It would be nice to see a voice from outside of Riverhead in-fighting, but your association with the RNC and the current administration makes the sudden jump seem too opportunistic.

  • It may be a good thing to have some new blood in this town! Maybe that’s what we need. It seems that all the old ways haven’t been working out well for us…I just hope the people of our town will finally be able to have a say in our community and what goes on with our tax dollars! We all know there’s plenty of dollars dished out and where do they all go?! I just hope Mr.Hariri will make some moves for the better of our present and future!

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  • I participated in the tagging of a north fork osprey last year with a gps transmitter.
    He is in florida as I write.
    http://www.bioweb.uncc.edu/bierregaard/migration11.htm

  • I participated in the tagging of a north fork osprey last year with a gps transmitter.
    He is in florida as I write.
    http://www.bioweb.uncc.edu/bierregaard/migration11.htm

  • Katharine,

    Thanks so much for mentioning my book. The ospreys are back down here (in N.C.) as well.
    Happy spring, David Gessner

  • havent read your book yet— looking forward to it. and FYI IT WASNT KATHARINE WHO MENTIONED YOUR BOOK( I must give credit where credit is do ). it was BENJA (who contributed his comment first ). she just took pictures. she may have known nothing about your book. (again let us all give credit where credit is do)………………..peace.

  • oh! happy spring (spent a lot of time in the wrightville area (nc is beautiful) but dont remember seeing any ospreys—- something to look forward to next visit—-oh yeah we camped out in carolina beach(their little library was great!) )

  • Janice, VERY interesting about that conspiracy theory! I hadn’t known that about Karina so I must say…HMMM!!! Makes one wonder!

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  • Type your comment here. I think Kristie is a disgrace to the show. She looks like a slob, acts like she is
    ;running the show and is the worst dancer I have ever seen. Why are the judges giving her 8 abnd 9,
    she is not professional dancer, a show off and and in noway does she compare to any of the other dancers. I think Bruno and Len should get off this Kristie act, because she is a horror. I have watched
    this show from the beginning, never, never have you taken anyone to this point with these credentials. She is not a dancer, not an actress, she is a drunk and drug addict and should be taken
    off this great show.