Final Push Underway in Oyster Bay Elections

Voters go to the polls Tuesday to choose three council members, a town clerk and the town supervisor.

Members of the Democratic ticket in Oyster Bay. (File Photo)
Members of the Democratic ticket in Oyster Bay. (File Photo)
On Tuesday, voters will go to the polls in Nassau County and across the state to elect local officials and that includes candidates in the Town of Oyster Bay.

The campaign has been relatively quiet, with the usual complaints about political signs being damaged and claims by the challengers of fiscal irresponsibility. The town's Republicans, which occupy all the elected seats on the board and other town-wide offices, have pointed to their stewardship of the town's infrastructure and "quality of life," a term used regularly by Supervisor John Venditto.

On Tuesday, Venditto, 64, of North Massapequa, who is completing his eighth term as supervisor, will again face Democrat John Capobianco for the supervisor's position. Capobianco, 49, of Farmingdale, ran for supervisor two years ago against Venditto. He is a member of the Farmingdale Board of Education, active in downtown business efforts and owns two businesses.

There are three open seats up for grabs on the town board: The three Republicans are:
  • Joseph G. Pinto
  • Michele Johnson
  • Chris J. Coschignano
The three Democrats are:
  • Christopher F. Briggs
  • Sekhar Nelanuthala
  • Kimberly L. Snow
Voters will also decide the town clerk's position.

James Altadonna Jr., the former Massapequa Park mayor, was appointed to the position earlier this year. He faces Mili Makhijani of Jericho, a lawyer and political newcomer.

To see more in-depth coverage of each candidate, see Newsday's election guide here.


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