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Black, Hispanic leaders launch Suffolk political effort


Black and Hispanic leaders vowed to unite for diverse political representation in Suffolk County as they launched a political effort within the Democratic Party Monday.

The newly formed Black and Hispanic Democratic Committee appointed co-chairs to represent the two minority groups and to hold seats in the Democratic committee that decides where to throw the weight of the party in local races.

It's time for black and Latino Democrats to realize that they have common issues at stake, said Assemb. Philip Ramos (D-Brentwood), who spearheaded the group's establishment.

"There is absolutely no difference in the African-American agenda and the Latino agenda," Ramos told more than 30 people meeting in Brentwood. "We ride down, in many cases, the same neglected streets....| read more ››

"Mr. Malloy Take Down This Sign" Smithtown Democratic Chairman Ed Maher

Malloy Sign

Update on Friday August 30, 2013 by Ed Maher

This sign has been removed.

Smithtown Democratic Chairman Ed Maher is not happy with this billboard located on a residential property on Pulaski Rd. in Kings Park. The problem, according to Maher, is that Malloy is not on the Independence line. “The sign, in addition to being wrong, is misleading. Malloy and his supporters should take the reference to Independence off the sign or take it down”, said Maher. (Councilman Malloy was not available to comment)

Update on Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 11:19PM by

“I’m glad that Mr. Malloy saw fit to cover the “Independence” on his sign that is displayed on Pulaski Road. It is now at least...| read more ››

Bellone backs Snair for Smithtown supervisor

Photo credit: James Escher. Steve Snair, Democratic candidate for Town of Smithtown supervisor, poses for a portrait during a party meeting held at 370 Motor Parkway in Hauppauge.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has endorsed fellow Democrat Steve Snair in his campaign for Smithtown Town supervisor.

In a statement released by Snair’s campaign, Bellone said Snair “has the work ethic and vision to tackle the tough challenges that face Smithtown residents.”

Snair, 31, a Nesconset attorney, is seeking the seat held since 1978 by Republican incumbent Patrick Vecchio, 82, who is seeking his 13th term. Vecchio faces a September primary challenge from Republican Councilman Robert Creighton, 75.

In the statement, Snair said he was “honored and truly humbled by County Executive Bellone’s support.”

Bellone defeated Republican county treasurer Angie Carpenter in the 2011 county executive race. Bellone narrowly defeated Carpenter in Smithtown, where Republicans outnumber Democrats by about...| read more ››

NYS Comptroller DiNapoli Endorses Steve Snair For Town Supervisor

Smithtown Town Supervisor candidate Steve Snair

SMITHTOWN, NY – Steve Snair, the Democratic, Independence, and Working Families candidate for Smithtown town supervisor, today received the endorsement of New York Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

“Comptroller DiNapoli is well respected here on Long Island,” said Snair. “I’m impressed by his commitment to improving New York and making government more fiscally responsible.”

In a statement, DiNapoli said, “Steve Snair has proven he is the best choice for Smithtown. He will bring an honest, fresh approach as supervisor and I look forward to working with him.” DiNapoli has served as Comptroller of New York since 2007.

Steve Snair is a private practice attorney and small business owner based in the Town of Smithtown. The lifelong resident of Smithtown announced his...| read more ››

Consolidating to Save Money, Improve Services


With your support, I was elected as County Executive to make Suffolk County a great place to live, raise a family and operate a business. I work each day to overcome impediments to improving Suffolk County by making the tough decisions to move us forward. For years we have spoken in our region about eliminating unnecessary government offices and the need for common sense consolidations that save taxpayer dollars while delivering more efficient services. This November, we will do something about it.

I have introduced a resolution that asks the Suffolk County Legislature to allow the voters to decide in a referendum whether we should merge these offices under the leadership of an elected Chief Financial Officer. This resolution to...| read more ››