08/13/13 5:24pm
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NEWS-REVIEW FILE PHOTOS | Riverhead Town Councilwoman Jodi Giglio is currently engaged in a bitter primary battle with Anthony Coates.

NEWS-REVIEW FILE PHOTOS | Riverhead Town Councilwoman Jodi Giglio has currently raised more money than primary challenger Anthony Coates.

Republican Riverhead Councilwoman Jodi Giglio is far ahead of running mate John Dunleavy and primary challenger Anthony Coates in terms of money raised and money spent in this year’s campaign, according to the latest Board of Elections disclosure reports.

The reports also show that Riverhead Town Democratic Committee has now raised more money than its Republican counterpart as of the latest filing period for this year.

Also, Democratic supervisor candidate Angela DeVito has raised nearly as much money as incumbent Republican Supervisor Sean Walter, despite the fact that Mr. Walter ran a separate campaign for Suffolk County legislator earlier in the year.

The Board of Elections requires all fundraising committees to file campaign disclosure reports in January and July, but also requires candidates involved in a primary or a general election to file additional reports, including a 32-day pre-primary report that was due Friday.

In Riverhead Town, there is a Democratic primary for supervisor between party nominee Angela DeVito and challenger Ann Cotten DeGrasse, as well as a Republican primary for two council seats that pits party nominees Jodi Giglio and John Dunleavy against challenger Anthony Coates, who has specifically targeted Ms. Giglio in his campaign.

There’s also a council primary for the Independence party nominations in Riverhead, pitting Ms. Giglio and Mr. Dunleavy against Bill Bianchi, a Democratic nominee.

The other Democratic council candidate, Millie Thomas, is not running in the Independence Party primary.

In the Democratic race for supervisor, Ms. DeVito, to date, has raised $21,509 and spent $13,764, with $7,735 left on hand. Her biggest contribution was $1,000 from the Ironworkers Political Action League.

Ms. Cotten-DeGrasse has raised $6,588 and spent $3,920, according to the most recent campaign finance reports. For the year, she’s raised $8,353 and spent $6,422, and ended the most recent filing period with $3,929 on hand.

Mr. Walter didn’t have to submit a pre-primary report since he’s not involved in a primary, but he has raised a total of $26,452 and spent $19,964 so far this year, with much of that being raised when he was running a special election for county Legislature earlier this year.

The Riverhead Town Democratic Committee had not yet posted a pre-primary report on the state BOE website but, to date, per the July filing, the Democrats had raised a total of $25,686 and spent $15,344 this year. The committee shows a balance of $15,550.

By comparison, the Riverhead Republican Committee had raised $5,950 and spent $7,172 through the July filing and the end balance showed them in debt to the tune of $4,102. The Republicans filed a “no action” notice in the pre-primary report, indicating that they had neither raised nor spent any money since the July filing date.

“I think it’s obvious that people want to change this Town Board this year and are supporting us,” said Riverhead Democratic chair Marge Acevedo.

Neither Mr. Bianchi nor Ms. Thomas have set up campaign fundraising committees yet.

The primary vote date is Sept. 10.

In the Republican race for two town council seat nominations, Ms. Giglio’s latest reports show her raising $14,760 more and spending $12,780 more since the prior reports in July.

Adding up the totals from the January and July filings, she has raised a total of $54,824 and spent $49,317. She started in January with $6,066, giving her a closing balance of $11,571, according to the report.

Ms. Giglio reported $4,542 in unspecified contributions in her latest report. Contributions of less than $100, such as those from people who attend fundraisers with a ticket price under $100, do not have to be listed by name.

Her biggest contributors named in the latest report are Phyllis Chulpsa of Smithtown and Composite Technologies of Calverton, each of which contributed $1,000.

Ms. Giglio’s campaign expenses show payments for fundraising events of $900 and $5,740 to Strategic Maneuvers and $1,500 to Third Rock, both of which have the same address as the Outer Banks Restaurant, which Ms. Giglio’s husband runs at the county’s Indian Island Country Club.

Mr. Dunleavy’s 32-day pre-primary report lists only $2,683 in additional contributions and $6,572 in additional expenses. For the year, including numbers from the prior reports, Mr. Dunleavy has raised $38,613 and spent $25,187. His campaign still has a balance $9,647 on hand.

His biggest contribution in the recent report was $1,000 from Randy Altschuler of St. James, who twice ran unsuccessfully for Congress on the Republican line against incumbent Democrat Tim Bishop.

Mr. Dunleavy also received $808 from Rudy Saviano Inc., of Ronkonkoma, which does fundraising auctions.

And Mr. Coates’ latest disclosure report shows only $1,000 more in contributions and $492 more in spending. The entire $1,000 came from Ron DeVito, who is seeking to build an assisted living facility on Mill Road.

Adding up all the reports, Mr. Coates has raised $6,275 and spent $5,336, although he started the year with $2,512, having raised $2,708 at fundraisers in late 2012. He still had $3,449 on hand at the end of the most recent filing period.

Mr. Coates’ expenses showed charges of $61 for “gas for petition travel” and $29 and $11 for “meal for petitioner.” In past reports, he has listed his cell phone costs as a campaign expense.

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07/16/13 10:30am
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Councilwoman Jodi Giglio

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Riverhead Councilwoman Jodi Giglio.

UPDATE: Riverhead Councilwoman Jodi Giglio’s July 15 campaign finance disclosure forms have now been posted on the state Board of Elections website and, when combined with what she raised in the Jan. 15 reports, pull her ahead of fellow incumbent Republican Councilman John Dunleavy as having raised the most money for the coming town elections.

New July 15 reports were also posted Tuesday for Ann Cotten-DeGrasse, who is waging a Democratic primary for supervisor against  committee nominee Angela DeVito.

John Dunleavy of Riverhead

FILE PHOTO | Second-term Riverhead Councilman John Dunleavy in Town Hall.

Reports for North Fork state Assembly candidates Tony Palumbo, the Republican candidate, and Democrat John McManmon, are also now available.

Ms. Giglio’s July 15 filings report contributions of $17,309 and spending at $20,771.

In January, she reporting raising $22,755 and spending $13,055.

By comparison, Mr. Dunleavy raised $25,430 in July and spent $16,220, but in January, he only raised $500, and spent $2,395.

Thus, the combined totals for the two filings show Ms. Giglio having raised  $40,064 and spent $33,826, and Mr. Dunleavy having raised $25,930 and spent  $18,615.

Among the contributions Ms. Giglio received in the July filings were $500 from Saber Riverhead, which is building a new shopping center on Route 58; $840 from Mainstream House on Sound Avenue in Riverhead; $500 from West RAC contracting of Hauppauge; $500 from Kevin Gershowitz of Gershow Recycling; $500 from M-GBC LLC, which is a company headed by Jan Burman that owns land at EPCAL, and $630 from East End Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgery of East Main Street.

Among Ms. Giglio’s expenditures were $3,000 to Outerbanks — a restaurant run by her husband at Suffolk County’s Indian Island Country Club — for fundraiser and $200 for snow removal for about 100 spaces at Outerbanks, according to the filing.

She also paid $989 to Campaigns Unlimited of Shirley for fundraiser invitations and professional services, and $1,378 to GMG Printing and Marketing Resources of Shirley for fundraiser invitations.

Mr. Dunleavy paid $729 to Minute Man Press of Riverhead for fundraising and $10,850 to the Baiting Hollow Club for fundraisers.

On the snow removal for Outerbanks, Ms. Giglio said Tuesday the job was needed to clear space for people attending a Feb. 12 fundraiser there, a day after the Blizzard of 2013 struck the region.

“The county employees were not coming to clear the parking lot that night, as they normally would, so I had to pay so the people coming to my fundraiser could have somewhere to park,” Ms. Giglio explained.

She also said the $3,000 checks for the Outerbanks fundraiser actually went to a catering company called Strategic Maneuvers, which was hired to help run the February fundraiser.

Supervisor Sean Walter’s January reports show only $6,100 raised and $1,085 spent. He was running for a county Legislature seat at the time.

Ms. Cotten DeGrasse, meanwhile raised $3,765 and spent $1,262, according to the July 15 reports.

The state Assembly race is close in the fundraising department

Mr. Palumbo raised $24,785 and spent $8,678, while Mr. McManmon raised $21,425 and spent $2,671.

Ms. Giglio’s rival in a Republican primary, Anthony Coates, reported raising $5,275 and spending $4,631. His campaign spending included $1,698 to the Riverhead Project for a fundraiser and $515 to PDQ Print of Taylor, Penn. for campaign brochures, according to the July 15 filings.

He also paid an AT&T cell phone bill out of campaign funds, according to the report.

(Scroll down for a complete roundup.)

JULY 16 STORY: The first campaign finance disclosure forms of the political season were due Monday, and Riverhead Councilman John Dunleavy is way out in front of everybody so far, with more than $25,430 raised between Jan 15 and July 15.

In the supervisor race, incumbent Republican Sean Walter is leading Democratic challenger Angela DeVito in the money-raising department, $18,077 to $13,930.

The reports, which are filed electronically and posted on the state Board of Elections website, were due Monday, although some candidates didn’t report any contributions or didn’t file on time.

John Conklin, a BOE spokesman, said workers there are filing the reports as they receive them, but that anything received after 5 p.m. Monday will not be posted until Tuesday, although anything received  up until midnight Monday would not be considered late.

If a candidate is more than five days late, the BOE could launch a lawsuit against that person, and could possibly fine them up to $1,000, Mr. Conklin said.

Mr. Dunleavy and primary challenger Anthony Coates were the only town council candidates to have filed the July 15 reports on the state site so far, but Republican Councilwoman Jodi Giglio had reported $22,755 raised in the Jan. 15 reports.

Among some of the larger contributions for Mr. Dunleavy were $1,000 from town building inspector Sharon Klos; $1,000 from Mainstram House, an alcohol rehab center on Sound Avenue; $900 each from Riverhead Ford Lincoln and Mattituck Sanitation; $737 apiece from Kevin and Marnie Gershowitz, of Gershow Recycling; $500 from Ron DeVito, who is proposing an assisted living project on Mill Road, and $675 from Jefferson Consultants, headed by Mark Lyons of Port Jefferson, who is working on that project as well; $500 from Giorgio’s Catering in Baiting Hollow; $900 from Bob Scheiner of H2M Engineering; $900 from builder Richard Wiedersum of Wiedersum Associates; and $900 from Jaral Riverhead, which owns the Holiday Inn Express on Route 58.

Mr. Dunleavy, a retired town police officer who was re-elected to a second term in 2009, said almost all of his contributions came from a golf fundraiser he held on July 9.

He said he thinks he received the support because people are happy with the job he’s done, not because they are looking for favors from the town.

“I work with everybody,” he said. “I don’t care if you give me $100 or you give me nothing. A lot of people gave me nothing but I work with them.”

Mr. Walter’s biggest contribution came from the Riverhead Republican Committee, which gave him $3,000. He also got $1,000 from George Regini of Giorgio’s Catering; $1,000 from Suffolk County Probation Officers; $500 from Apple Honda owner Irwin Garsten, who is seeking to build a shopping center next to Riverhead Centre on Route 58; and $500 from West RAC contracting of Hauppauge. He also got $500 from Green World Marketing of Northport and he reported $2,985 in contributions under $100 from a July 9 event. Those contributions are not required to be reported by name.

Ms. DeVito, (who is not related to the aforementioned Ronald DeVito) worked with a builder’s union for many years and received a lot of campaign contributions from unions, including $1,000 apiece from the Political Action League of two Ironworkers’s unions and $500 apiece from  a Sheetmetal Workers union PAC and from Bricklayers Local Union 1.

Ms. DeVito also got $705 from Paulette DeVito of Rocky Point; $500 from Amy and Jim Csorny of Wading River, who had been in court with the town over breach access disputes; and $300 from George and Christine Prete of Flanders. Ms. Prete had served with Ms. DeVito on the Riverhead Board of Education.

Among the larger contributors to Ms. Giglio’s campaign in the Jan. 15 report were $1,000 from Irwin Garsten; $800 from engineer Dennis Kelleher of H2M, which has worked for the town for many years; $525 from Henry Chlupsa, the president of consulting firm Dvirka and Bartilucci; and $500 apiece from Syp Industries of Manorville; $500 from Sypher Construction of Manorville, and Bench Strength Partners of Floral Park.

Mr. Coates’ biggest contribution was $1,000 from Stacey Polites and $500 from Lia Polites, who is one of the owners of the Jedediah Hawkins Inn. He also received $500 from Mainstream House.

The Riverhead Republican committee got a $250 donation from Ronald DeVito, but most of its contributions were not larger than $200.

The Riverhead Democratic Committee had not filed the July 15 report, but the Jan. 15 report showed the Democrats owed $6,862.

There were no campaign committees listed for Riverhead Democratic council candidates Millie Thomas and Bill Bianchi.

Anne Cotten DeGrasse, who is challenging Ms. DeVito in a primary for the Democratic supervisor nod, had a committee but did not report any campaign finance activity.

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More by the numbers:

Friends of Sean Walter

raised $18,077

spent  $16,239

Angela DeVito for Supervisor

raised $13,930

spent $9,956

Friends of John Dunleavy

raised $25,430

spent $16,220

Vote Coates 13 (Anthony Coates)

raised $5,275

spent $4,631

Riverhead Republican Committee

raised $6,115

spent  $7,172

Riverhead Town Democratic Committee

raised $6,205

spent $5,548

Councilwoman Jodi Giglio


raised $17,309

spent $20,771


raised $22,755

spent $13,055

Councilman John Dunleavy


raised $25,430

spent $16,220


raised $500

spent $2,395

Ann Cotten-DeGrasse

raised $3,765

spent $1,262

Tony Palumbo

raised $24,785

spent $8,678

John McManmon

raised $21,425

spent $2,671

01/15/13 6:00am
01/15/2013 6:00 AM
Republican Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter (left) in debate with Democrat Al Krupski at Martha Clara Vineyards Monday night, as both men seek the Suffolk County Legislature’s 1st District seat.

TIM KELLY PHOTO | Republican Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter (left) in debate with Democrat Al Krupski at Martha Clara Vineyards last Monday night, as both men seek the Suffolk County Legislature’s 1st District seat.

Polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. today for the Suffolk County First Legislative District special election.

Republican Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter and Democratic Southold Councilman Al Krupski are vying for Ed Romaine’s seat, which he vacated after he was elected Brookhaven Town Supervisor in November.

Board of Elections representatives said Friday that voters will go to their usual general election polling places, except in Ridge, where voting has been moved from the Ridge Firehouse to the Ridge Elementary School, due to damage to the firehouse during Hurricane Sandy.

Voters who are unsure of their polling place can look it up here.

The first district stretches from Middle Island to Fishers Island and includes Shelter Island (until the district lines change next year).

Times/Review Newsgroup will be live blogging from the candidates’ headquarters tonight.

Mr. Walter and Mr. Krupski squared off in a debate Jan. 7. Click here for full coverage.

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11/03/12 2:00pm
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KATIE COE PHOTO | A power line that fell during the hurricane. Power outages could continue into next week, disrupting some polling places during the election.

Tuesday’s election will likely be disrupted in some areas due to power outages and inaccessible polling places, said representatives of the Suffolk County Board of Elections on Friday.

“We are currently assessing the situation regarding the accessibility of our polling places,” said Election Commissioners Anita Katz and Wayne Rogers in a press release Friday afternoon. “Once we establish which of our polling places are inoperative, we will make arrangements to relocate those election districts, notify voters and accommodate the electorate to the best of our ability.”

The county will be extending absentee voting hours, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. tonight and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Board of Elections headquarters on Yaphank Avenue.

No East End locations had been evaluated on the Board of Elections’ most recent list of polling place relocations as of late Friday. Polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday. Times/Review will provide updated information as it becomes available.

Newsday reported Thursday that, of the 700 polling sites in Nassau and Suffolk , only 331 were currently able to receive voting machines.

“We are doing everything possible to ensure that our elections will move forward as scheduled,” said the commissioners.

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07/17/12 5:00pm
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TIM GANNON FILE PHOTO | Supervisor Sean Walter delivering his 'State of the Town' address in March.

TIM GANNON FILE PHOTO | Supervisor Sean Walter delivering his ‘State of the Town’ address in March.

Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter’s midyear campaign filings are in.

The reports, which were due July 15, show the second-term supervisor raised just over $7,000 so far in 2012, though Mr. Walter told the News-Review Monday — before the filings were posted to the state Board of Elections website — that he would be filing an amended report soon.

He said his campaign held a “big fundraiser” last Thursday, from which he had expected to raise some $10,000 to $12,000.

Mr. Walter spent about 70 percent of the money he’s raised so far, with the biggest chunk of change ($2,000) going to downtown resident Anthony Coates for political consultant fees. He paid Mr. Coates $1,000 in April and again in May, the records show.

His largest political donation of $1,500 came from Giorgios Catering LLC, which operates a catering hall in Baiting Hollow, though Mr. Walter had to return $464 of that money because of state campaign finance law. The maximum donation, which is tied to population, is $1,038 for Riverhead Town offices, Mr. Walter said.

The largest donation from a listed individual was $260 from John O’Connor of Blue Point.

Mr. Walter also listed seven contributions totaling $1,290 — the largest of which was $435 — from unnamed individuals, which happens if a campaign loses track of where a donation came from, say if the donation was cash.

Mr. Walter spent a total of $4,944.83 so far in 2012, leaving him with $2,092.52, not including returns from last week’s fundraiser.

“It’s tough to raise money and I don’t like to do it in an off election year, because you’re taking money from other candidates who are running,” Mr. Walter said in Monday’s interview. “We spent like $98,000 last year. We’ve shown our ability to be able to raise cash and I don’t know if anybody in a Town of Riverhead supervisor’s race ever raised that amount of money.

“And if we had to, we’d raise it again.”

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07/17/12 4:59pm

FILE PHOTO | All five Riverhead Town Board members have filed their campaign finance reports for the first half of 2012.

All five Riverhead Town Board members and highway superintendent George ‘Gio” Woodson filed their mandatory campaign finance reports for the first half of 2012 this week.

Only Town Supervisor Sean Walter and Councilman James Wooten reported receiving donations in the reports, which span from Jan. 15 to July 15 of this year.

You can view each of their reports right here on our site, by scrolling below:

Riverhead Campaign Finances — July, 2012

07/17/12 7:00am

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Councilman James Wooten at the Town board work session in 2011.

Councilman James Wooten was the only Riverhead Town Council member out of four to raise campaign cash in the first half of 2012, a non-election year for the board, according to midyear campaign reports filed with the state Board of Elections.

Mr. Wooten raised $19,333, according to the reports, though he later explained a listed $3,696 contribution was a mistake that would be amended soon. Subtracting that amount, the filings show Mr. Wooten raised $15,637, most of which came from his annual “Rootin for Wooten” golf outing — his chief fundraiser — that was held in May at The Links at Cherry Creek.

This was the first non-election year Mr. Wooten held a golf outing, although he said he was advised last year to make the fundraiser an annual event. He filed a “no activity statement” for the first half of 2010, the last non-election year for the Town Board.

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He also spent $11,762.52 from January through June, including $1,841.52 paid to political adviser Jim Teese for what Mr. Wooten said were services rendered in 2011, when he was seeking the GOP supervisor nomination. Craig Vasey was paid $500 for running the golf tournament. Jack Kratoville was paid $500 by the campaign for what Mr. Wooten described as media work and promotions.

“I used [Mr. Kratoville] for the tournament, for getting the word out,” Mr. Wooten said. “‘He’s not under retainer.”

Money paid to the Riverhead golf course and caterers totaled $7,480, the records show.

The rest of the spending came mostly in the form of donations to political clubs, charities and the Riverhead Fire Department.

Mr. Wooten eventually backed down after announcing he would seek the GOP supervisor nomination against the incumbent and fellow Republican Sean Walter, who won the general election. When asked if he was stockpiling money for a possible supervisor run in 2013, he explained that the campaign activity had more to do with the date of the golf outing than a big push for the town’s top job.

But, he added, “I like to always keep my options open.”

“It’s so early to even start thinking about [a supervisor run],” Mr. Wooten said. “I can tell you I enjoy what I do. I enjoy representing the people of Riverhead and I certainly want to leave my options open. Sometimes you never know what door might open for you. That’s why I run my golf outings, for my account. I keep my campaign open and alive because you never know what might present itself.”

Mr. Wooten, who was re-elected to a second four-year term in 2011, noted that he did screen for the recently vacated tax receiver position, as has been reported, but said he wasn’t sure he would accept the position even if it was offered to him.

He currently has $3,892.89 in his campaign account, after the $3,696 mistake is subtracted.

Filings from the Friends of Sean M. Walter to Elect were not immediately available online. Mr. Walter, currently in the middle of a second two-year term, said the reports were filed with the state, and that his campaign was told not all went up yet online.

His campaign just held a comedy night fundraiser Thursday at Calverton Links, he said, adding that an amended report would have to be filed once the returns from that event are figured out.

The campaign also had a small fundraiser in March, he added.

“There’s probably $2,000 or $3,ooo in the account, but we had a fundraiser Thursday so we’ll have an amended return,” he said, guessing the fundraiser grossed about $10,000 or $12,000.

“It’s tough to raise money and I don’t like to do it in an off election year, because you’re taking money from other candidates who are running,” Mr. Walter said. “We spent like $98,000 last year. We’ve shown our ability to be able to raise cash and I don’t know if anybody in a Town of Riverhead supervisor’s race ever raised that amount of money.

“And if we had to, we’d raise it again.”

He said his frequent trips to Albany, where he’s been lobbying for legislation to help jump-start development at the town’s Enterprise Park at Calverton property, also hampered fundraising efforts.

“Because you never knew when you were going to have to go up there,” he said.

Of the other members of the all-Republican Town Board, Jodi Giglio spent $3,016 and John Dunleavy spent $3,204 so far in 2012, mostly on various clubs and charitable organizations. That leaves Ms. Giglio with $6,066.53 in her account and Mr. Dunleavy with $6,221.72.

George Gabrielsen showed a $215.72 opening balance and $190 in loans, while spending $400. His closing balance was $5.72.

As for Mr. Wooten’s contributions, his top individual/partnership contributor by far, came in the form of two installments totaling $1,900 from “G & A Loesch,” who Mr. Wooten explained is an engineer at H2M, as well as the engineer’s wife. H2M is a Melville-based engineering and consulting firm that does a lot of contract work with Riverhead Town.

Mr. Wooten’s top corporate contributors include Mather Memorial surgeon Hesham M. Atwa PC ($1,000), Smithtown law firm Devitt Spellman Barret ($700) and Calverton Manor LLC ($500), developers that have sought to build on 35 acres in Calverton.

A retired town police officer, he’s also received contributions totaling $3,350 from police and labor unions, including $1,300 from the Riverhead PBA.

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