The GOP ticket for the election in November. Learn more at www.southoldgop.com
ABOUT THE CANDIDATES:
Scott Russell for Southold Town Supervisor
A graduate of Mattituck High School and the George Washington University, Scott served as Town Assessor for 15 years and was elected Town Supervisor in 2005. Prior to his election to local office, he served as an aide to Rep. William Carney and as a legal assistant for a Manhattan law firm. He lives in Cutchogue with his two children.
- Fiscal leadership that has produced the highest bond rating in Southold Town history.
- Commitment to farmland protection and preservation of our open spaces, including the purchase of development rights of the Islands End Golf Course- the largest purchase in Southold Town history- and the zoning of Plum Island, protecting over 700 acres of preserves and promoting new uses of the facility to retain jobs.
- Promoting our economy with the creation of the Economic Development Committee and the Southold Local Development Corp — which facilitated the expansion of Peconic Landing and the ELIH/Stony Brook merger –helping to protect and create jobs.
- Protecting our bays and creeks with new drainage efforts to combat road runoff. Created a new water quality testing initiative.
- Recognized for clean energy leadership with Southold’s formal designation as a Clean energy Community by NYSERDA.
- Continues to work with farmers to update the Town Code to address their changing needs.
Jill Doherty for Town Council
Jill is in her second term as a member of the Southold Town Board. Prior to her election, she was an elected Town Trustee for two terms, serving as both president and vice president. As a member of the Town Board, Jill serves as liaison to the town tree committee and shellfish advisory committee. Additionally, Jill works as the office manager and bookkeeper for Creative Environmental Design in Peconic. She raised two children in Mattituck and currently resides in New Suffolk.
- As liaison to the town tree committee, helped green Southold by planting hundreds of trees on local roadways.
- As liaison to the shellfish advisory committee, facilitated avenues for the committee to complete water testing and work with the NYSDEC to open up waterways to shell fishing, fin fishing, and other recreational uses.
- Expanded the town beach program to open town beaches five days a week instead of the traditional three. Working with the town recreation director to expand training requirements for town lifeguards.
- Created a local development corporation to help not-for-profits thrive and stay in Southold Town, which supports stable jobs for residents.
- Championed a new town rental code and the creation of a code enforcement department to ensure residents Southold residents have a safe place to live.
Bill Ruland for Town Council
Bill has an unequalled passion for maintaining the character of the town he has called home for his entire life. A graduate of Mattituck High School, he is a third generation farmer and former director and vice president of the Long Island Farm Bureau. A former member and president of the Mattituck -Cutchogue School Board, Bill is also a member of the Marratooka Club, former chairman of the Board of Trustees of Calvary Baptist Church of Riverhead, and treasurer and director of the Long Island Cauliflower Association. He currently serves as deputy town supervisor.
- Updating the agricultural code to allow processing on farmland and allowing aquacultural products to be marketed upland.
- Improving traffic safety by redesigning Old Sound Avenue, the Ray Dean parking lot, and working with local civics to champion the Love Lane/Main Road traffic study.
- Consolidating town services and implementing audit recommendations to make government more efficient and responsive to the people it serves.
- Working to establish a solar farm at the town landfill, as well as promoting green and storm resilient policies throughout Southold Town.
Glenn Goldsmith for Town Trustee
Glenn graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Management from Quinnipiac University. He has been actively involved in the local marine industry for over 30 years. Glenn’s family’s livelihood – Goldsmith’s Boat Shop – has been dependent on the health and well-being of the local marine environment for nearly 100 years. Working for the family business, Glenn learned the delicate balance between the rights of small business owners and those of the environment. Additionally, he also gained valuable experience serving as a Trustee and working with NYSDEC, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Suffolk County Department of Health Services. Glenn grew up in Southold and resides in Mattituck with his wife and two sons. He’s a volunteer firefighter and little league coach.
- Administer all activity within 100 feet of town wetlands and underwater lands. Review applications and determine approvals based on field inspections, work sessions, and public meetings. Coordinate town’s dredge activities.
- Worked with his fellow Trustees to require innovative and alternative septic system to reduce nitrogen with 100 feet of wetlands and underwater lands.
- Broad knowledge of marine construction and best management practices to mitigate environmental impact.
Rich Caggiano for Town Assessor
A certified state assessor, Rich was educated as a teacher at St. Johns University. He spent several years teaching in the New York City school system before earning an MBA. In 1985, Rich and his wife moved to Southold to be closer to their families. He worked for the Village of Greenport and the County of Suffolk working under Comptroller Joseph Sawicki, supervising the DSS monitoring and contracts compliance units, saving taxpayers thousands of dollars.
- Southold Town Assessor for the past six years.
- Over 30 years of experience in the budgeting, financial and operational analysis, and government contracting and procurement.
- Member, Southold Real Property Tax Council and Southold Stakeholders Committee.
- Past president, Southold UFSD Board of Education.
- Past vice chairman, Southold Town Planning Board.
- Past president of the Greenport/Southold Chamber of Commerce.
- Active in the North Fork Promotions Council and St. Patrick’s CYO.
Brian Hughes for Town Justice
Committed to justice and the highest ethical standards, Brian Hughes has proven that he has the necessary experience and personal commitment to preside over our Court in a fair, professional and ethical manner. From his days as a firefighter with the FDNY and subsequent positions as an Assistant Attorney General, Inspector General, District Attorney Bureau Chief and Executive Assistant District Attorney, Brian has been dedicated to the service of others. As a prosecutor, he investigated and prosecuted numerous cases involving fraud, waste, and wrongdoing. In private practice, he has helped our friends and neighbors with a variety of legal issues.
For the last four years Brian has served tirelessly as our Town Justice, administering justice to all Southold residents. He also serves as Justice in the drug courts for the five East end towns, helping to guide people to drug-free, productive lives.
Brian’s dedication to justice is a strong, positive asset to Southold and is needed in today’s environment. Re-elect Brian Hughes.
Kelly Fogarty for Town Tax Receiver
Kelly is a native Northforker who grew up in Cutchogue. She attended Sacred Heart School in Cutchogue and Mercy High School in Riverhead. A graduate of the University of Georgia, she is a certified public accountant with over thirty years experience and holds advanced designations in both financial planning and management consulting. Kelly is an active member of our community, serving on the boards of many local organizations. She resides in Mattituck with her husband, Jim. They have three children.
- Past president of the Mattituck Laurel Library Board of Trustees.
- Served as catechist for Sacred Heart Parish for fifteen years.
- Treasurer of North Fork Environmental Council, Mattituck Chamber of Commerce, Mattituck Community Fund, East End Livestock and Horsemen’s Association, and Friends of Mattituck Laurel Library.