Massapequa Election Guide 2013

A look at the races that will be decided by Massapequa voters on Tuesday.

Tuesday is Election Day in New York state. Voters will be choosing office-holders in Nassau County and the Town of Oyster Bay. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. throughout the state. Here's a look at the races and candidates on the ballot in the Massapequa area.

County Offices

Voters will decide if they want to re-elect Republican County Executive Ed Mangano or return Democratic former County Executive Thomas Suozzi to office.  Republican Maureen O'Connell seeks re-election as Nassau County Clerk and will be opposed by Democrat Laura Gillen. Comptroller George Maragos seeks another term in a race against Democrat Howard Weitzman.  Finally, Demorcratic District Attorney Kathleen Rice squares off against Republican Howard Sturim.

County Legislator

Republican Michael Venditto is running unopposed as he seeks his first full term in the Nassau County Legislature. The son of Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto won a special election last year to fill the seat vacated due to the death of Peter Schmitt.

Town Offices:

Town Supervisor: 
Current Republican Supervisor John Venditto seeks a ninth term against Democratic candidate John Capobinco, a Farmingdale school board member who ran against Venditto and lost two years ago. Venditto, who lives in Massapequa is a former Town Councilman and Town Attorney.

Town Clerk:

Republican James Altadonna, Jr., who was serving his seventh term as Mayor of Massapequa Park when he was appointed Town Clerk after Steve Labriola stepped down, will seek election to the post. His democratic opponent Mili Makhijani is a Jericho-based lawyer who served as a clerk to Nassau COunty Supreme court judge Randy Sue Marber.

Town Council Races: 

Six candidates will vie for three seats on the Town Council

Republican Chris Coschignano seeks a fourth term on the Town Council.  He was first elected in 2001, having previously served as Counsel to the Zoning Board of Appeals. 

Another Republican seeking re-election is Joe Pinto, who was appointed to the council in Feb. 2009 and was elected that November. He is a former Massapequa Park trustee and is active in youth sports in Massapequa.

Michelle Johnson, who was appointed to the Town Council earlier this year, seeks  to be elected to her first term. She is a lawyer who served as deputy county attorney.

On the Democrat line is Christopher Briggs, a President of the Bay Constable Benevolent Association who says on his campaign website that he is "a long-time Republican."

Democrat Kimberly Snow, is a lawyer from Bethpage who practices in Rockville Centre.  She has served in the county Attorney's office.

Another Democrat on the ballot is Shaker Nelanuthala the CEO of Herbal Destination, a nutritional supplement company.

Joey Mon November 04, 2013 at 06:01 PM
No need to run unopposed. We're writing in John Rennhack for County Legislator and you should too. Real-world experience and never had to rely on fathers connections for jobs.
ed November 04, 2013 at 08:35 PM
I hope Nassau residents finally vote out the CORRUPT Nassau Republicans who continue to RAISE our taxes, CUT our police department, and HIRE their friends to PATRONAGE positions!


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