Republicans rock Suffolk County

Party takes over legislative majority

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The decadent and swanky Stereo Garden in Patchogue was an apropos setting for the overwhelming Republican victory party on Election Night.

Decked out in red, white, and blue balloons, lights, and 3D stars, the Stereo Garden displayed campaign signs throughout its entryway and stage for candidates.

Suffolk Republican chair Jesse Garcia took the stage early in the night to introduce a celebrated veteran to lead the Pledge of Allegiance and give a roaring speech to the crowd, where he expressed enthusiasm for district attorney candidate Ray Tierney’s lead over incumbent Tim Sini, couching with, “But we’re Republicans, we measure twice, cut once.”

For the Suffolk County district attorney race, results eventually came in Wednesday morning at 57 percent for the Republican candidate Ray Tierney with 153,808 votes to Sini’s 42 percent, 114,514 votes.

““I am proud and humbled to stand before you here today and because of the people in this room and the people in Suffolk County, despite running against an incumbent, despite not having a lot of money in the beginning, despite not having the support of a lot of institutions, not for one day did I feel like an underdog because of you guys,” Tierney said in his victory speech. “I will fight every day to keep the citizens of Suffolk County safe. I will be fair and I will reach out into the community to develop relationships so we can all have faith in our District Attorney’s Office.”

Garcia also introduced Legis. Anthony Piccirillo of the 8th District, reminiscing of his 2019 victory against Bill Lindsay:

“He was 300 votes into unseating an incumbent Democrat,” he said to contrast with his overwhelming victory in 2021. “This year, I feel like it’s my little brother, he listens more than my son does. He didn’t just work hard, he busted his butt. His new number is 72 percent.”

Piccirillo thanked his staff profusely, especially chief of staff DawnMarie Kuhn, who has been working from a hospital bed.

Trish Bergin, a current councilwoman for Town of Islip, won in a wide margin against Carla Simpson for Suffolk County Legislature 10th district: Bergin had gained 7,260 votes, or 67.07 percent, compared to Fidelia's 3,559, or 32.88 percent.

“Without our chairpeople running these organizations, these would be very difficult races… we took this election and I am so proud to be here tonight with all of you,” Bergin said.

In another resounding victory for Republicans, Andy Wittman beat Donovan Currey for Islip Town receiver of taxes with 65 percent of vote (31,575) to Currey’s 35 percent (17,046).

“I have always played the underdog—play the game like you’re down by four. Always working, keeps you hungry. I was so into the campaigning and the work that I didn’t really prepare for the actual victory,” Wittman said.

Wittman, the morning after Election Day, lamented that in the flurry of the evening had not thanked his family, namely his wife and children, who walked the campaign trail for him.

“I forgot to thank my 83-year-old mother!” Wittman said, adding that he could not have had this victory without the tremendous support of his family.

Jim O’Connor, sitting councilman for Town of Islip, ran against challenger Darrin Green and won 69.5 percent of the vote (10,232) to Green’s 30.5 percent (4490).

"I am honored to have been re-elected as Islip Town Councilman District 2. I look forward to continuing to work hard for Islip's residents," said O'Connor on Wednesday morning.

The full unofficial results of Tuesday’s election can be found on the Suffolk County Board of Elections website.

DISCLAIMER: All vote tallies are not final counts and based off the initially released unofficial votes. Absentee ballots are still to be counted and announced.

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