The primary ballots in Smithtown are crowded this year as a long-time county politician is challenging two elected officials for their seats. Suffolk County Legis. Lynne Nowick, R-St. James, is being forced from her seat due to term limits is looking to see if she can edge out either Councilman Thomas McCarthy or Councilman Kevin Malloy.
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SMITHTOWN TOWN BOARD
- Kevin Malloy: Malloy, a life-long Smithtown resident, was first elected to Smithtown Town Board in 2010. He has previously served as deputy tax received and as an aide to five presiding officers of the Suffolk County Legislature.
Malloy said one of his first actions if re-elected this November would be to support the creation of a 12-year term limit for town board members. He said while campaigning, many residents have complained to him about town board members becoming unresponsive to the public while in office.
Malloy is cross endorsed by Councilman Robert Creighton, who is running for Smithtown's supervisor seat, and by town clerk Vincent Puleo.
- Thomas McCarthy: McCarthy, a Smithtown resident, was first elected to office in 1998 and also serves as the deputy supervisor of Smithtown.
McCarthy has said he sees himself as a candidate "fighting for good government in Smithtown." He opposes proposed plans for the assisted nursing facility, Uplands at St. Johnlands, for Route 25A in Kings Park and will fight to preserve the town's open space.
McCarthy has also been adamant about pushing forward with town's crackdown on illegal businesses in the Kings Park-Commack area who fail to comply with zoning regulations.
McCarthy has cross endorsements from Supervisor Patrick Vecchio, who is running for re-election, and fellow town board candidate Lynne Nowick.
- Lynne Nowick: Nowick, a St. James resident, has served representing the 13th district in the Suffolk Legislature for last 12 years and cannot run for re-election due to term limits. As such, she's set her eyes on a seat among Smithtown Town Board.
Nowick said she's tired of other candidates saying the Town of Smithtown "needs to be fixed." She come out in open opposition to the proposed assisted nursing facility, Uplands at St. Johnland, on Route 25A in Kings Park. She supports the preservation of the town's open space, business development in appropriate areas and looking towards greener practices.
Her late father, Eugene Cannataro, also previously served 24 years as a town board member.
Nowick is cross endorsed by incumbent Supervisor Patrick Vecchio and Councilman Thomas McCarthy.