Maureen Veitch elected to fill Gagliano’s seat

Fell, Ferrigno and Rosenberg re-elected

Nicole Fuentes
Posted 6/17/21

The Village of Bellport elections were held on June 15 at the Community Center. Mayor Ray Fell (358 votes) and trustees Bob Rosenberg (330) and Mike Ferrigno (336) were all reelected after running …

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Maureen Veitch elected to fill Gagliano’s seat

Fell, Ferrigno and Rosenberg re-elected

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The Village of Bellport elections were held on June 15 at the Community Center. Mayor Ray Fell (358 votes) and trustees Bob Rosenberg (330) and Mike Ferrigno (336) were all reelected after running unopposed as incumbents for another two-year term.


“I am thrilled to be elected to my fifth
term” Fell said on election night. “I look forward to continuing to serve the village.”


Newcomer Maureen Veitch was also elect- ed to fill former deputy mayor Joseph Gagliano’s seat for a one-year term with 435 votes. Gagliano died earlier this year, leaving the seat vacant.


Three people, including Veitch, Dan Polner and Robert Dahn Jr., filled petitions to be on the ballot. Veitch filled a challenge to their submissions after none of the 60 signatures submitted by Dahn had been dated, six of Polner’s 40 signatures were without dates and four signatures appeared on both candidates’ petitions. However, she also noted that one of her signatures was invalid and three were undated. However, she obtained well over the 50 required sig- natures with 117. The Suffolk County Board of Elections accepted the challenge, and neither Polner’s nor Dahn’s names appeared on the ballot.

Polner and Dahn received 44 votes for a two-year term and 20 votes for a one-year term and 16 votes for a one-year term, respectively.

Newly elected trustee Veitch is a longtime
Bellport resident who grew up on North Howell’s Point Road, graduated from Bellport High School, and spent her teens working in town at Wallen’s.


“I am humbled by how many people came out to support me in this election. I am excited to work with Mayor Fell and my fellow Trustees," Veitch said. "As I was walking door-to-door and listening to what our residents care about, what I heard overwhelmingly, was that people love this village the way I do. I truly look forward to working on the issues they brought to my attention.”

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