Election Guide for Deer Park and N. Babylon

Here is a look at the candidates vying to represent the area's residents.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday that residents can vote at any polling station, if unable to get to their regular location.

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Here is a quick look at the candidates:

Presidential Race

President Barack Obama (D): Elected in 2008 on a platform of change, this time around the president is going to have to draw from his experience at the country's helm for the past four years. Campaign website

Mitt Romney (R): The former Massachusetts governor has made the economy the focus of his campaign.  Campaign website

U.S. Senate Race

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, (D-NY): is seeking a six-year term in Washington following her appointment by then Gov. David Paterson on Jan. 23, 2009. Gillibrand replaced Hillary Rodham Clinton when she was appointed Secretary of State by President Obama. Campaign website

Wendy Long (R): A Manhattan resident, Long is an attorney who says she built the Judicial Confirmation Network (now the Judicial Crisis Network), to promote public education about the proper role of the judiciary under the American Constitution and to win U.S. Senate confirmation of Supreme Court Justices and other federal judges with a record of judicial restraint and respect for the Constitution. Campaign website

2nd Congressional District

U.S. Rep. Peter King (R): King is a graduate of St. Francis College and the University of Notre Dame Law School. He is a lifelong resident of New York and has lived in Nassau County for more than 40 years. King and his wife, Rosemary, reside in Seaford. They have two adult children and two grandchildren. The three biggest issues facing the 2rd Congressional District, according to King, are jobs, taxes and terrorism. It is that last issue, though, that has put King in the media spotlight for years.

Vivianne Falcone (D): A teacher, the West Islip resident, according to her website "worked as an adjunct instructor for the Developmental Studies Program (EOC) at SUNY Farmingdale and was an alternate school teacher at Bellport High School, where she demonstrated the ability to find creative solutions to meet the needs of nontraditional students, helping them to achieve in the field of mathematics."

New York State Senate 4th District

Assemb. Phil Boyle (R): With Owen Johnson retiring after four decades holding the 4th District seat, Boyle, an Assemblyman, is making a run. The Bay Shore Republican was elected to the Assembly in 2006. He also served in the Assembly from 1994-2002. Boyle says his primary focus in office "has been to lower the tax burden on all New Yorkers, particularly focusing on lowering school property taxes." Campaign website

Ricardo Montano (D): The son of a former Assemblyman, Montano has served in the Suffolk County Legislature since 2004. The Brentwood resident holds a law degree and served for eight years as Executive Director of the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission in the 1980s. Campaign website

State Assembly 11th District

Assemb. Robert Sweeney (D): Sweeney served more than 14 years as Lindenhurst Village Clerk before being elected to the Assembly in a special election in 1988. Sweeney, a Democrat, is a graduate of Lindenhurst Public Schools and received his bachelor's degree from Adelphi University and a master of public administration from C.W. Post.

Rashad Cureton (R): Cureton has been picked by Babylon Town Republicans to run against Sweeney in November. A recent Stony Brook University graduate with a degree in political science, Cureton works at a local law firm. This is his first race. Read more about Cureton here.

Babylon Town Supervisor

Mark Gallo (R): Gallo, of Lindenhurst, is a Navy veteran and assistant elections commissioner, who runs his own security business. Gallo previously ran and lost to Legis. Wayne Horsley (D-Babylon) in 2009. He said that going up against incumbant candidate Rich Schaffer (D) would be an uphill battle, but that he was running to give voters a choice.

Rich Schaffer (D): Schaffer, of North Babylon, was appointed to his current position of Babylon Town Supervisor by the Babylon Town Board in a unanimous vote in January of 2012. He previously served five terms as supervisor, from 1992 to 2001. His return to his current position in the supervisor seat came as a result of a vacant seat left by Steve Bellone, after he was elected to the office Suffolk County Executive in 2011. He said his top priorities are protecting taxpayers and overseeing an efficient and productive government.


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