Anthony Palumbo (R, C, I) of New Suffolk has held the North Fork’s Assembly seat since 2013, when he won a special election. He is an attorney and a former prosecutor with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office. He also held the position of trial supervisor for the five East End towns before leaving to enter private practice in 2004.
Mr. Palumbo, 48, also once served as vice president of the Cutchogue New Suffolk Library Board of Trustees.
He lists among his accomplishments a bill preserving about 800 acres of land in Shoreham, part of which was going to be used as a solar panel installation, and a bill that helped create the North Fork Mental Health Initiative, which provides schools with counselors for students with mental health issues.
Rona Smith (D) of Greenport is chair of Southold Town’s Housing Advisory Commission and has a background in real estate investment and education.
She has supported the proposed New York Health Act, which attempts to create a state-run health care system. She says many people do not get regular health care because they can’t afford the cost of health insurance. She lost her husband and son to cancer.
Ms. Smith, 73, said she is able to work in a bipartisan fashion and has been appointed to several committees in Southold Town, despite the fact the Town Board is entirely Republican.