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GOP Screen Three for County Exec

Following Friday's screening, Suffolk County Republican Chairman John Jay LaValle says, "we're a couple of days away" from announcing a candidate.

Following a Friday screening with three candidates for the GOP county executive nomination, County Chairman John Jay LaValle said on Saturday morning that the party is hoping have a decision made by "early next week."

Meeting at the party's headquarters in Holtsville, LaValle said three candidates screened for the position were County Treasurer Angie Carpenter, Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick, R-St. James, and Randy Altschuler, a St. James resident and businessman who lost a close bid for Congress last fall.

"We're really not at the point of a final decision quite yet," LaValle said. "We're going through the final maneuvers and buttoning up some loose ends. We're a couple of days away I'm sure."

The names "Carpenter" and "Fitzpatrick" have long been thrown about as potential GOP candidates to fill the seat currently occupied by County Executive Steve Levy, who is not seeking re-election following an investigation into his campaign fundraising. 

Carpenter was the at the end of March, and Fitzpatrick as well. The field has narrowed in recent weeks asand  said they would stay in their current positions.

According to the party chairman, Altschuler "immediately contacted party leaders" after Flanagan announced at the end of April he would not seek the county executive seat. LaValle stated that Altschuler had "been in the mix since day one," but waited until Flanagan withdrew his name to step into the ring.

Chris Maloney, Altschuler's campaign manager during his run to unseat Rep. Tim Bishop, D-Southampton, in the 2010 congressional race, said Altschuler had screened with the Suffolk County Conservative Party last week, though forwarded questions regarding Friday's meeting with the GOP to LaValle.

Conservative Party Chairman Ed Walsh said Altschuler, Carpenter, and Fitzpatrick have all screened with his party, as have and the Democrat's choice for the position, Babylon Supervisor Steve Bellone, who . 

Legislature: Animal Buyers Must Clear Abuse Registry to Buy Pets

After creating an animal abuse registry last year, the Suffolk County Legislature unanimously passed a bill which will require pet shops, animal shelters, and breeders to cross-check the registry with prospective owners to ensure they are not selling the animals to convicted animal abusers.

Sponsored by Legislator Jon Cooper, D-Lloyd Harbor, the bill will enforce a fine of $500 for the first infraction, $1,000 for the second, and $1,500 for subsequent offenses. 

Said Cooper: “This will go a long way towards keeping new victims out of the hands of disturbed individuals who derive pleasure from the suffering of innocent animals.”  

Jack May 15, 2011 at 04:53 PM
It looks like the local republicans and conservatives are impressed with a millionaire with deep pockets who has no governing experience and has only lived in Suffolk County for a short time. Randy Altschuler tried to be a seat in Congress and now would like to buy a position as County Executive. Considering that his millions were made by outsourcing his company does this make him qualified to run Suffolk County? Mike Fitzpatrick and Angie Carpenter have been in the local trenches for many years and would bring a much greater depth and understanding to the office. Unfortunately they can't offer their political party much money to replace what they lost when Steve Levy had to give up his cash. Is it any wonder that there is a cynicism and mistrust of our local political parties that promise a lot but can't seem to deliver. Political offices should not be offered up to the highest bidder.
David D'Agostino May 15, 2011 at 05:38 PM
Altschuler?! Come on.
Ken May 16, 2011 at 01:48 PM
Jack is absolutely correct, Mike Fitzpatrick would bring true fiscal conservatism to an ailing Suffolk economy. Angie Carpenter has also been a strong Suffolk advocate.
JOHN W. BUGLER May 16, 2011 at 06:30 PM
The congressional newspaper Roll Call is out with a report today saying that Randy Altschuler is gearing up for another run against Tim Bishop in New York's 1st Congressional District out on Long Island.

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