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WILLIAM G. HOLST, Esq. grew up in Smithtown, where his parents were local merchants. Bill graduated Smithtown Central High School in 1970, having served as junior and senior class president. He was an officer of the Greater Smithtown Chamber of Commerce in the mid 1990s while operating his own law practice. Bill became a member of the Chamber Board shortly after serving as School Board President for the Smithtown Central School District. He helped organize a public forum on Downtown Revitalization in 1995 and he worked on the Chamber’s issue of getting paved public parking behind the stores on the north side of Main Street (between Bank Street and Landing Avenue), first as an officer of the Chamber and later as a Suffolk County Legislator. During his career, Bill has been appointed to a number of governmental positions and was twice elected to the Suffolk County Legislature. As a Legislator he was the prime sponsor of the legislation creating the Downtown Revitalization Citizens Advisory Panel and served its Chair in 1998 and 1999. Bill also was the Chair of the Legislature’s committee for Economic Development and Education. Since March of 2004, Bill has been an Assistant County Attorney in the Suffolk County Department of Law. He previously served as the Corporation Counsel for the City of Long Beach (2002-03) and as an Assistant Town Attorney for the Town of Smithtown (1987-88). Bill is a graduate of New York University (1974) and St. John’s University School of Law (1982). He served in the United States Army (1975-78) as a journalist at Fort Knox, Kentucky and Camp Zama, Japan. Bill resides in Nesconset with his wife, Laura. They have two adult children, Marcia and Ian. His daughter and son-in-law reside in Smithtown and have twin four-year-old boys. Bill is an 11th generation descendant of Smithtown’s Founder, Richard Smythe.
Amy Fortunato bio:
Whether it’s business experience as a project manager at Citibank or church leadership or community organizing towards ‘Smart Growth’ in the Town of Smithtown, Amy Fortunato understands the importance of personal outreach and has demonstrated her willingness to work to identify and address the needs of others in the corporate world and our local community.
After business school and her work experience in the financial industry, Amy chose to utilize her skills through ethical business practices within the banking community to further enhance morale and team involvement. She facilitated the advancements of disadvantaged youth and led efforts to assist others in finding their own paths to opportunities and careers.
Amy has been married to her husband Joe for 27 years and they have lived in Smithtown for decades, where they raised their children.
Amy Fortunato continues to reach out to address issues of concern, whether it is door to door in her neighborhood or publicly taking these issues to the Town Board of Smithtown.
She and the SMITHTOWNFORWARD team are prepared to transform our local town government. Amy will work as a member of the Town Board to identify and focus her attention towards practical results for the citizens of Smithtown as she continues to reach out to our community.
Amy will be on the Democratic Party ballot line, the Working Families Party line and the Women's Equality line on Election Day, November 7, 2017.
With her experience as a teacher and her involvement in many community activities, Patty Stoddard possesses the leadership qualities necessary to be a highly effective member of the Smithtown Town Board. Throughout her experiences as an educator, business owner, soccer coach, and involvement in the community, Patty has demonstrated an ability to welcome input, work as a team member, and find solutions. Her established record of setting and achieving goals provides the foundation for her to, along with the other members of the SMITHTOWNFORWARD team, revitalize the downtowns of Smithtown and create transparency in local government while welcoming community involvement in public decision-making.
Born and raised in Smithtown with his younger brother by working class parents, Justin Smiloff learned early on the value of hard work, teamwork, and perseverance. He graduated from Hauppauge High School with an Academic Letter and participated in many extra curricular activities, all while working a part-time job at a local movie theater.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is a proud New York Democrat. She is running a grassroots campaign to fix our economy and improve life for the middle class and working families across New York. Kirsten remains committed to bringing her grassroots campaign to every New Yorker and working tirelessly on behalf of the Empire State.
NYS Executive Branch
Throughout his life, Andrew Cuomo has been a forceful voice for change in New York. His lifelong commitment to hard work, public service, and the people he serves has led to Andrew's recognition as a true innovator and a principled and determined leader.
Former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul enthusiastically accepted Governor Cuomo’s call to return to public service by running as his choice for Lt. Governor. She is currently traveling across New York, listening to the concerns of citizens, elected officials, small business owners and farmers. Once elected, Kathy plans to focus her attention on continuing the success of the Governor and work with the Regional Economic Development Councils to attract and retain business to create much-needed jobs, and address the skills gap to ensure our citizens, particularly in pockets of poverty, have access to the higher-paying jobs.
On February 7, 2007, Thomas P. DiNapoli was sworn in as the 54th Comptroller of the State of New York. Since taking office, Tom has fought to protect taxpayers -- aggressively identifying government waste, holding public and private institutions accountable, and working to restore the public’s trust in the Comptroller’s office.
Eric T. Schneiderman was elected the 65th Attorney General of New York State on November 2, 2010. As Attorney General, Schneiderman is the highest ranking law enforcement officer for the State, responsible for representing New York and its residents in legal matters. Schneiderman has worked to restore the public’s faith in its public and private sector institutions by focusing on areas including public integrity, economic justice, social justice and environmental protection.