A tough election night for Brookhaven Democrats


Democrats gathered at International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1049 in Holtsville on Tuesday night to watch the election returns and possibly celebrate some victories.

It turns out there wasn’t much for Brookhaven Democrats to cheer about as Democrats lost the race for county executive and the rest of the ticket in Brookhaven didn’t fare much better.

Democrat Dave Calone conceded the county executive race to Brookhaven supervisor Ed Romaine. Romaine won with over 57 percent of the vote with 158,452 votes to former federal and state prosecutor and Democrat Dave Calone’s 119,052 votes.

“His success will be our success in Suffolk County so let’s all work together,” Calone told his supporters in his concession speech. “Because at the end of the day, local government isn’t about left or right. It’s about how do we move our region forward? It’s about how do we work together to solve the issues we’re facing?”

Republicans were leading in the races for Supervisor and superintendent of highways and the GOP appeared to hold on to its majority on the Brookhaven Town Board.

In the race to replace Romaine as Brookhaven supervisor, deputy supervisor Dan Panico, a Republican, took the seat against Lillian Clayman, an adjunct professor of industrial and labor relations at SUNY Old Westbury and a former mayor of Hamden. Conn.

Clayman, who entered the race a little more than two months ago, said her campaign raised issues important to Brookhaven, including water quality, the town landfill, environmental justice, including citizens in land use issues and the potential impact on the town’s budget if the developers of Sunrise Wind project decide not to go ahead with the project.

“I literally knocked on 1,000 doors and I’m proud of the energy and enthusiasm around my campaign,” Clayman said.

In town council contests, Democrat Cameron Trent lost to Mike Loguercio in the 4th District. Republican Neil Foley also beat out Francis Salazar in the 5th District. Dr. Kerry Spooner lost to Republican Karen Dunne Kesnig in the race for Panico’s seat in the 6th District.

Democrats also lost races for two Patchogue-area seats in the county legislature. Jim Mazzarella beat political newcomer Thad O’Neil in District 3. O’Neil said he knocked on more than 1,000 doors and that experience made him feel closer to the community.

“It’s a win either way,” O’Neil said of the results.

Dominick Thorne also was re-elected against Ryan McGarry in District 7.


Finally, in the race for superintendent of highways, Republican Dan Losquadro beat Democrat Mike Kaplan.


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