Brookhaven Town Republican Committee

2018 Races

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Lee Zeldin

1st Congressional District

Since entering Congress in 2015, Lee has pursued an aggressive agenda in Washington, DC, on top local, domestic and international issues; quickly becoming one of the nation’s leading proponents for a stronger, more effective foreign policy that defeats ISIS and other terrorist threats, secures our homeland, and treats our nation’s friends as our friends, and our adversaries as our adversaries.

On the national level, Lee is fighting every day in Washington to help grow our economy and create more good paying private sector jobs, strengthen our national security, fight for our veterans, improve health care and education in America, repair our local infrastructure, and safeguard our environment.

Lee frequently secures important local victories for his district, which have included among many other successes:

  • Introducing and passing into law his Adult Day Health Care legislation for disabled veterans and opening a new health care clinic for East End veterans;

  • Bringing to justice MS-13 and other gang members;

  • Protecting our environment by doubling funding for the Long Island Sound Program and fully funding the National Estuary Program;

  • Securing the passage and enactment of his Common Core amendment and Safe Bridges proposal; and

  • Successfully resolving over 8,800 constituent cases in favor of NY-1 residents.

One of only two Jewish Republicans in Congress, Lee co-chairs the House Republican Israel Caucus, and serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Financial Services Committee. He also serves on five House Subcommittees.

Lee and his wife, Diana, reside in Shirley with their twin eleven-year old daughters, Mikayla and Arianna.

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Ken LaValle

1st State Senate District

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Senator LaValle graduated from Hempstead High School on Long Island. He earned his undergraduate degree at Adelphi College, a degree in education from the State University College at New Paltz, and a J.D. degree from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. Senator LaValle has completed extensive graduate study in Government and International Relations at New York University and received an Honorary Doctor of Civil Law Degree from Dowling College. He is a practicing attorney.

Senator LaValle is the father of two grown children, James and Lisa and the proud grandfather of Jessica Katherine and Elvis William LaValle, and Joshua Eric and Justin David Russ. He resides in Port Jefferson with his wife Penny.

In addition to his standing committee assignments, Senator LaValle is Chairman of the Senate Majority Conference.

Standing Committee Assignments: Higher Education (Chair), Aging, Education, Environmental Conservation, Finance, Insurance, Judiciary, Rules. Senator LaValle also serves as a member of the New York State Commission on National and Community Service.

John J. Flanagan

2nd State Senate District

Senator John J. Flanagan represents the Second Senate District, which includes the entire Town of Smithtown and portions of the Town of Brookhaven and the Town of Huntington. He was first elected to represent this part of Suffolk County in 2002 and overwhelmingly reelected in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.

Senator Flanagan was elected to serve as Temporary President and Majority Leader of the Senate on May 11, 2015.

During his time in the Senate, Senator Flanagan has been a constant leader in the fight to reduce the tax burden facing Long Islanders – an effort he began when he served during his sixteen years in the New York State Assembly immediately prior to his service in the Senate. During his tenure in the lower house, he served as the ranking member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee where he fought for meaningful tax relief.

As a leader in the fight to provide tax relief to New Yorkers and small business owners, Senator Flanagan has been a strong supporter of numerous changes to our tax policies in New York State including:

  • Enacting a 2% cap on local property taxes;
  • Cutting the personal income tax to its lowest level in 50 years for 4.4 million middle class New Yorkers; and
  • Repealing the onerous MTA payroll tax for 80% of businesses.

An ardent critic of late state budgets, Senator Flanagan has consistently fought for budget reforms to improve New York’s financial health while preventing burdensome tax increases. He has also been an outspoken supporter of capping state spending to provide New Yorkers with tax relief and to provide economic stability to our state.

Dean Murray

3rd State Senate District


In addition to serving in public office, Dean Murray has also been a small business owner for over two decades. Dean’s company, D & S Advertising, Inc. publishes the “Long Island Job Finder”, the “Long Island Pet Lover” and the “Long Island Fugitive Finder” magazines and websites. Dean knows how tough it is to run a business in New York which is why he fights so hard to try and make New York a much more business friendly state. Dean believes that successful businesses create more opportunities for our next generation, so they can have a bright future here at home.

While serving in the NYS Assembly, Dean led the charge to repeal the MTA Payroll Tax for small businesses & local schools, pushed for NY Youth Works to create local jobs, capped property taxes to protect our homeowners, brought record school aid to Long Island schools, led the charge to protect our children and families from sexual predators, passed the largest middle class tax relief package in state history, helped to create the I-STOP program to fight the prescription drug abuse epidemic and much, much more.



Anthony Palumbo

2nd State Assembly District

Assemblyman Anthony H. Palumbo (R,C-New Suffolk) was elected by Suffolk County residents to the 2nd Assembly District as their voice in Albany. After only one legislative session, Palumbo’s leadership, determination, and compassion have been apparent. He sponsored a tax-cut bill that would save the average Suffolk County resident over $2,500 annually, would save first-time home buyers thousands and help younger generations achieve the dream of home ownership on Long Island.

Palumbo led the effort to reform the Common Core curriculum while fighting for our local schools and delivered over $13 million in additional school aid from the previous calendar year.

He is dedicated to making public corruption laws in New York tougher, having sponsored legislation that would strip the pensions from corrupt politicians who violate the public trust. As a former prosecutor, he is the leader we need to begin cleaning up the political corruption running rampant in Albany.

Anthony and his wife, Tracy, reside in New Suffolk with their two young children.

Joe DeStefano

3rd State ASSEMBLY District

Joe DeStefano is involved in the Medford community through his longstanding service in the fire department. DeStefano, 58, has served in the Medford Fire District since age 19, when the department was located across the street from where it is now on Oregon Avenue. He has served as a Commissioner of the fire district since first being elected in 1996, and has now been nominated to take Dean Murray’s seat as 3rd District Assemblyman on the Republican ticket. DeStefano prides himself on his considerable network in Medford and the surrounding area, in addition to his negotiating skills and the ability to work with people.

“It’s disgraceful what is going on up there,” DeStefano said. “We’re suffering for their dysfunction. The issues that require hard decisions to be made are the ones that [the state legislators] put off and don’t come to a resolution on. Let’s get to the crux of what’s really going on. Let’s look at the long-term issues and let’s try to fix those.”

The 3rd Assembly District spans from Coram, North Patchogue, out east to Mastic Beach, Middle Island, Yaphank and part of Gordon Heights.

Doug Smith

5th State ASSEMBLY District

Assemblyman Doug Smith was elected to represent the people of the 5th District in the New York State Assembly on April 24, 2018. His district spans the Towns of Brookhaven and Islip, and includes Holbrook, Holtsville, Ronkonkoma, Lake Ronkonkoma, Lake Grove, Centereach, Selden, Farmingville, as well as parts of North Patchogue, Islandia, and Stony Brook.

Doug Smith is dedicated to public service and fighting for Long Island. A lifelong member of our community, he is a graduate of Sachem High School and St. Joseph’s College where he earned a degree in Mathematics and Adolescent Education.  He is a NYS certified Mathematics teacher for grades 7-12.

For the seven years prior to his election, Doug enthusiastically served our community alongside Assemblyman Al Graf as his Chief of Staff. Whether it be solving over 2,000 constituent cases, leading the charge against the flawed Common Core curriculum, fighting to give families the tools they need to combat the heroin epidemic, or advocating for changes in the law to protect victims of domestic violence, each day Doug has worked tirelessly on behalf of the people of the 5th Assembly District.

Doug’s father, a mechanic, and his mother, a bookkeeper, both instilled in him a strong work ethic, the value of education, and the importance of being civic minded. He began working at a young age to save money for college at Cooky’s Deli in Bohemia, where he started off stocking drinks and sweeping the floor.

While attending college, Doug served as an aide at the Social Security Administration, helping to ensure the hard working people of Suffolk County received the benefits they worked all their lives to earn. He spent nights teaching adult education courses, and on the weekends helped educate homeless and underprivileged youth in the Sachem School District.

Doug is a small business owner who operates a website design and hosting company. He served on the Board of Directors for the Ronkonkoma Chamber of Commerce, where he is still a member. He is also active within the Holbrook Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Centereach Civic Association, Ronkonkoma Civic Associations and the Sachem Alumni Association.

Doug and his wife, Elizabeth, are the proud parents of their new daughter, Sophie, and are homeowners in Holbrook.  They attend Westminster United Presbyterian Church in West Islip.



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JUdy Pascale

Suffolk County Clerk

As a lifelong resident of Suffolk County, Judy Pascale has experienced the ever changing demographics and culture of Long Island. Her civic, business and governmental experience has prepared her well for her role as Suffolk County Clerk.

Ms. Pascale was appointed to the position of Suffolk County Clerk by New York State Governor George Pataki in March 2006 and holds the designation as being the first woman to have earned this appointment in the history of the Suffolk County Clerk’s Office. She was subsequently elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2010 and 2014.

During Judy’s first few months as County Clerk, her office was awarded the 2006 Knowledge Management Award by Federal Computer Week, the 2006 Computerworld Honors Program by Infoworld and the Best of New York Award by Government Technology. In 2010, the award-winning tradition continued with the prestigious Computerworld Honors Laureate Award, placing in the “Top Five” after competing with hundreds of organizations throughout the United States and across the globe. In addition, the Clerk’s Office was awarded the “2010 Achievement Award” from the National Association of Counties. These awards were bestowed upon the County Clerk’s Office for innovative programs and creativity in bringing government closer to the people.

In addition, Judy has made the protection and safekeeping of government records her number one priority and was successful in securing funding for this purpose. As Suffolk County Clerk, Judy has taken the lead in working with Members of the State Legislature in amending New York State Real Property Law that will allow County Clerks throughout the State to prohibit the use of personal information on public records. 

During her tenure as County Clerk, Judy has proven to be a fiscal watchdog. Judy takes great pride in providing the highest level of constituent service while keeping the taxpayers’ costs down. Judy’s first budget included a 0% budget increase along with a cut in management salaries by half a million dollars. 

Judy began her governmental career in 1986 as a County Executive Assistant, under then County Executive Peter Fox Cohalan. Judy’s work and experience in public outreach helped her secure the position in the Office of Public Information for the Town of Brookhaven. 

Ms. Pascale joined the Suffolk County Clerk’s Office in 1990 as a Senior Deputy Clerk, where she oversaw the Civil and Criminal Court Actions Departments. In 1995, then County Clerk Ed Romaine, promoted Judy as the first female Chief Deputy County Clerk. As Chief Deputy, Judy oversaw the administration department of the County Clerk’s Office and was responsible for the creation and implementation of all personnel policies for the 130 employees of the Clerk’s Office. 

Judy Pascale has also been active in the business and civic communities, having been elected as the first female President of the Chamber of Commerce of the Mastics & Shirley, Member of the Rotary of Shirley and the Mastics, Member of the Suffolk County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission, Brookhaven Women’s Advisory Board, and member of the Crystal Beach Property Owners Association.

Judy currently lives in Moriches and is the proud parent of four adult children and six grandchildren.


John M. KenNedy

Suffolk County Comptroller

ohn and his family have been lifelong residents of the County of Suffolk. He and his wife Leslie have 4 children live in Smithtown and have been happily married for 39 years.

In the 2007 general election John M. Kennedy Jr., was re-elected to the Suffolk County Legislature with Democratic cross-endorsement, support on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines and an overwhelming 75% of the vote.  In every general election thereafter he has garnered the same support from voters.

In a 2011 endorsement for his re-election to the 12th Legislative DistrictNewsday called John “a pragmatic, independent thinker”  the kind that Suffolk needs.

John knows better than anyone the system of revenue flow, where and how your tax dollars are being spent and has a clear-eyed view of the county’s problems, both fiscally and operationally – having worked for more than 25 years in the county executive’s office, the county clerk’s office where he directed 130 employees, and now as a high-ranking member of the Legislature.

He holds an MBA in finance and capital budgeting as well as a Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University.  His experience and education makes him the only qualified candidate to serve as the Suffolk County Comptroller.

His wife Leslie Kennedy had served with John in his Legislative office as an unpaid volunteer for the district’s constituent services in his first two terms while she worked part-time as a crisis counselor at Seafield Center.

Leslie is a Registered Nurse by trade.  She continues to work at Seafield Center part-time and as John’s in-office director of constituent affairs and major cases, faithfully serving not only the residents of the 12th Legislative District but any resident of Suffolk County in need.

In John’s current capacity as the 12th District Legislator and Minority Leader, John serves on four committees: Budget and Finance, Economic Development, Public Safety and Ways and Means.   These committees are vital to the budgetary and fiscal health of Suffolk  County.  John also proudly serves as the Republican Caucus Leader and has lead the conference in their efforts to develop cost effective – results oriented government in all areas.

John’s government priorities have reflected his values, values that were instilled in him by his mother Joan and his late father, Jack Kennedy, the former head of the Nassau-Suffolk Building Trades Council.   As a public servant John recognizes that difficult times require elected officials who are willing to creatively approach the communities needs – not just tow the Bellone line like his opponent.

John has been a proven fiscal watchdog simply by his voting position on the last 9 county budgets and has sponsored legislation specifically tailored to create revenue for the county while fighting for the people to keep taxes down and maintaining critical services with no general tax fund increase.