GOP considers candidates to run for county seat

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12/01/2010 12:17 PM |

As dust settles after Dan Losquadro’s 1st Assembly District win, the list of potential candidates has steadily grown for the Suffolk County legislative seat he will be vacating to go to Albany, according to party leaders.

A special election for the remaining year of Mr. Losquadro’s two-year term as 6th District legislator will take place between 60 to 90 days after he resigns.

As of Tuesday afternoon, 10 Republican candidates had expressed interest in the seat, according to Suffolk GOP chairman John Jay LaValle. They include Bill Forrester, a retired New York City police officer from Miller Place. Unlike the other prospects, he has already put up campaign signs along Route 25A.

Mr. Forrester’s move is unusual because there are no primary races in a special election. It’s the party leaders — not the party’s registered voters — who ultimately choose the candidates.

“When I first saw his signs I smiled,” Mr. LaValle said. “We’re very encouraged about the outpouring of interest and it just shows how the Republican party is growing stronger everyday.”

While Mr. Forrester’s early move is uncommon, Suffolk Democratic chairman Rich Schaffer said the move shows Mr. Forrester wants “strong consideration.”

“I think he’s doing it to make a point to the party people,” Mr. Schaffer said. “It got a buzz going on him, which was smart.”

Along with Mr. Forrester, the list for potential Republican candidates who have either expressed an interest — or been mentioned as prospects — include:

• Jane Bonner, Brookhaven Town councilwoman.
• Lori Murphy, Ms. Bonner’s aide.
• Tony Gallino, Brookhaven Town public safety commissioner.
• Marty Haley, Brookhaven Town Building commissioner.
• Kevin McCarrick, former Brookhaven Town councilman.
• Karen Wilutis, former Brookhaven Town attorney.
• Raymond Negron, former prosecutor for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.
• Marty Callahan, a Miller Place resident and local insurance businessman.
• Jonathan Abrams, manager at Medford-based Gershow Recycling Corp.

Asked about his former aid’s possible candidacy, Mr. Losquadro said he believed Ms. Bonner would be qualified. “When it comes to Jane, I think she’s a great town representative and I think she’d be a fantastic legislator, if she decided to pursue it and got the nomination,” he said.

Mr. Schaffer said while there have been no official discussions within his party about the special election, Democrat Marc Alessi, who recently lost his 1st assembly district seat to Mr. Losquadro, has come up in informal conversations. He’d be “a strong candidate,” Mr. Schaffer said.

Also mentioned for the race among Democrats, according to Mr. Schaffer, is Jennifer Maetz, a Rocky Point resident who ran unsuccessfully this year for state senate, and Shoreham resident Bryan Lilly, who was Mr. Losquadro’s challenger in the past two elections.

Formal discussions will most likely begin in the next couple of weeks, he added.

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12 Comment

  • I have the company they are speaking of In the article, and so far they are very nice people. I am happy with the price and the service. The large cart they gave me is wonderful. I think it is unfair of the town to bad mouth them for just being in business. It seems to me Someone has had a racket going for a long time and does not like fair competition. I will not be going back to Blank Sanitation just on principal. This article just smells bad.

  • Pilot Laurie, Flower Girl and Taxation Without Service, What planet do you live on?
    If you do not understand why we need to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle,
    then there is little hope that you will understand how we can
    Rethink, Rebuy, Recover and Replenish our Revenue without Raising taxes.

  • You just don’t know what going on already.

  • What these people are doing is-Operating a residential garbage truck, and dumping it on the ground then transfering the garbage into a roll-off dumpster. Then they dump the roll-off dumpster.This is so illegal, and they should be persecuted to fullest extent of the law!!!!!

  • Flower Girl, That is a very uneducated statement you have made… re-read the artical! It is not about other local carters it is about the enviorment as well as the town revenu. I am not saying that your shinny new garbage can is not wonderful or that the garbegmen are not nice guys, I am saying that what they are doing is not only illegal but it is morally irreprehensible. Do you have children? I do and I would like to see the enviorment safe for her!

  • I am just wondering is this about the garbage at all or the fact that a small one man show has started his own garbage business and the bigger companies don’t like the competition?

  • Anonymous for ? > I am the loud mouth competition, and I am going to make up stories.
    What proof do you have of that. if you were not a slanderous person trying to protect your turf. You would realize no one would be so foolish. They would be out of business in a flash. It says in there add all the trash is transported to a New York State & D E C approved recycling facility.When I called they said the trucks are Eco friendly and brand new and they just wanted to serve there customers well. My wife says we should change over and after reading some of this I am considering It.

  • I also have the company in the article. I just started using them and so far so good. I am sick and tired of buying yellow bags just to put the white and black bags I have to buy inside. When I go to the dump there is all sorts of other garbage in the yellow bag section so I don’t see the point other than another way to get money from the residents. Besides the permit fee and the yellow bag fee try throwing something else out. Once again you have to go on the scale and pay more money only to drive down and dispose of it in the yellow bag section! I went to dispose of my old hot tub cover and they wanted $65.00 which was insane. My friends live in Brookhaven town and their garbage man took it for free.

  • No one is badmouthing anyone, and the competition would be fair if the new company played by the same rules. The local companies can also break the law and offer the same service – is that what we really want them to do? As for a ‘racket’, that might be the case if the Town had tough rules on carters, but out-of-town companies have been operating within the Town without restriction for over 20 years. In the end, the ‘principle’ being protected is nothing but short-term savings at the expnse of compliance with the law and environmental protection.

  • George Demos will be nominee in 2012

  • Southold Town is not concerned with being green. If they were, they’d sell biodegradable bags instead of those flimsy yellow bags with a half-life of who knows how long. To add insult to injury we put our plastic bags in their plastic bags – not very eco-friendly indeed. What a scam.

  • well first of all i use the new company these guys are nice people prompt and the price is right does any garbage company follow the rules to the letter i think not. this is a classic case of some big companies on the north fork having a good old boys network trying to push out the new guy the bottom line is its about the dollar the pie is getting smaller for somebody. the tatics taken by those involved should look in the mirror and be embarrassed with themselves. it is amazing all the energy wasted on this and all these towns do nothing about all the illegals here taken advantage of the system taken our jobs overcrowding of houses driving with no license no registrations its a joke write articles and spend the energy where its needed some of the people involved in this slander campain should be recycled.