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What's at Stake Locally in Tuesday's Election?

Polls are open until 9 p.m. Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Deer Park and North Babylon residents will head to the polls to decide who their leaders in government will be. 

Suffolk County Legislator- 14th District

In the Suffolk County's Legislature's District 14, which encompasses Babylon Village, Lindenhurst and parts of North Babylon and West Babylon, the candidates are Tom Dolan, the Democratic candidate, and Republican candidate Kevin McCaffrey.

Suffolk County Legislator – 17th District

Incumbent Lou D'Amaro, a Democrat, is being challenged by Republican Jim Martin. 

D'Amaro took office in 2006, and serves as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, among other roles. Martin has campaigned on the theme of change, and cites taxes and the economy as key issues.

The 17th District includes Deer Park and North Babylon (the areas west of Deer Park Avenue). 

Suffolk County Legislator- 16th District

Democrat Steve Stern is running for re-election unopposed. The 16th District includes portions of Deer Park and North Babylon east of Deer park Avenue. 

Town Races

The Town of Babylon will have a few seats up for grabs as well:
  • Town Supervisor: Rich Schaffer, a Democrat, and Christopher Connors, a Republican
  • Town Council Member (two seats): Antonio Martinez and Lindsay Henry
  • Town Clerk: Carol Quirk, a Democrat, and William Barci, a Republican
  • Town District Court Judge (two seats): Carl Copertino and Gaetan Lozito

But it's not only about the candidates. 

New Yorkers are voting on six referendums, including whether the mandatory retirement age for Supreme Court and Court of Appeals judges should be increased. Also on the ballot is a Casino Referendum, which, if approved, would allow the state to build up to seven non-Indian casinos, including in the Catskills, which long ago lost its favored status as a retreat for New York City residents.

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. To find out where you should go to vote, click here.

We want to know what you think is at stake in Tuesday's election? Tell us in our Soapbox- Gov't Matters open blog or in the comments section below.

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