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Voter's Guide 2011: The Candidates

Patch tells you who's on the ballot in Levittown.

Planning to vote on Election Day? This guide will tell you everything Levittown residents need to know to prepare yourself for Tuesday's elections.

Where to Vote

The Levittown School District has polling places at Gardiners Avenue School, Wisdom Lane Middle School, the Levittown Memorial Education Center, Division Avenue High School, Northside School, East Broadway School, Lee Road School and Jonas Salk Middle School. Those polling places are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Island Trees School District has polls at the Karopczyc School, Michael F. Stokes Elementary School and Island Trees Middle School. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

If you need help finding your polling place, click here or here.

The Candidates (links to Q&A sessions with each candidate are included prior to bios):

Hempstead Town Supervisor:

R - Kate Murray - Prior to serving as Hempstead Town Supervisor, Murray was the first attorney to be elected Hempstead Town Clerk. Elected in 2001, she established a full service passport facility that has grown to be the nation's largest passport processing center. On Feb. 3, 1998, Murray became the first woman elected to the New York State Assembly from the 19th District.

Before serving as an elected official, Murray worked as an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Justice Section handling prisoner litigation. Prior to her work with the Attorney General, Murray served as advocate for Suffolk University Battered Women's Advocacy Project.

D - Gary Port - Port graduated cum laude from New York University in 1983 after only three years with a double major in psychology and history. After obtaining his Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School, Port decided against a Wall Street type job and joined the United States Army. After serving for a number of years as an Army captain, he joined the Kings County District Attorney’s office where he investigated and prosecuted serious felonies.

After he left active duty, Port continued his military service in the Army Reserves, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and is currently assigned to the 78th Training Division, where he serves as the legal advisor and Ethic Counselor to the commanding general.

In 2002, Port started his own law firm and thereafter formed Port & Sava, a small, local law firm, with a member of his military reserve unit. Port’s practice focuses on commercial litigation, matrimonial law, entertainment law and the protection of the rights of military veterans and their spouses.

Hempstead Town Clerk:

R - Mark Bonilla - Bonilla made history in 2003 by becoming the first Hispanic to be elected to a town-wide position in the Town of Hempstead. This is the first public official position he has sought and held.

Bonilla's public service began in college when he served as guidance counselor for Youth Ministries, assisting troubled teens. In law school, he mentored several high school students, encouraging them to remain in school and refrain from violence and gang activities.

Bonilla earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from St. John's University and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. He was a trial attorney having practiced in virtually every area of the law including criminal law, real estate, domestic relations, landlord-tenant and personal injury.

D - Steve Anchin - Anchin is a graduate of Hewlett High School. He also attended Adelphi University (BA in Political Science) and the NYU Graduate Program in Public Administration while assistant to the Hempstead Town Supervisor.

During the 1960s Anchin was a teacher in NYC and followed that with his service in the Hempstead Supervisor’s office. In 1972 he went into the family’s retail wine and spirits business, followed by successfully developing a national wine importing company as exclusive U.S. importer of Carmel and other wines of Israel. After briefly retiring, Anchin was licensed as a Five Towns real estate sales agent. He is currently on the Woodmere Merchants Association Board of Directors.

Receiver of Taxes:

R - Donald X. Clavin Jr. - Clavin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Canisus College in Buffalo and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Hofstra University School of Law. He was a trial attorney practicing in all New York courts, as well as the United States Federal District Courts.

Prior to his work with the town, Clavin gained experience in local government while working in the Office of the Nassau County Attorney as deputy county attorney. In the county attorney's office, Clavin was responsible for defending various agencies of government ranging from the Department of General Services to the Nassau County Police Department. After leaving the county attorney's office, he entered the private sector and went on to defend various corporations ranging from Home Depot to General Motors.

D - Wilton Robinson - In June of 1996, Robinson and his family moved from Brooklyn to Roosevelt. Shortly after moving to Roosevelt, he joined the Freeport/Roosevelt NAACP. A year later, Robinson became the political chairperson of the Freeport/Roosevelt NAACP.

In the 15 years that Robinson has been a resident of Roosevelt, he has become involved or participated in a wide range of organizations and community events. Below is a list of some to the organizations that Robinson has been a member of:

  • Currently serving on the board of trustees at Roosevelt Public Library
  • Board member, 100 Black Men (Long Island Chapter) — 100 Black Men is an organization that mentors young men.
  • Member of HEVN “Help End Violence Now” organization in Roosevelt
  • Member of NOBLE (National Organization of Black Law Enforcement) — An organization committed to fair and unbiased law enforcement policy and procedure.

15th Legislative District:

R - Dennis Dunne - Dunne is a graduate of Division Avenue High School He has undergraduate degrees from Nassau Community College and Hofstra and a graduate degree from CW Post. He served in Vietnam as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. Served as the director of the Nassau County Veterans' Service Agency from 1985 until the time of his election to the Legislature in 1996.

D - Ethan Irwin - According to his campaign website bio, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps and received a law degree from St. John's University. Originally from Fayetteville, Irwin has been in Levittown since 1997.

14th Legislative District:

R - Joe Belesi - Belesi, who has been a Farmingdale resident for 39 years, was elected in 2009. He is the recipient of the Purple Heart for his service to the United States Army during the Vietnam War and he was the first Nassau County Police Officer to be elected to the legislature. He served as an officer and later as a supervisor for the Nassau County Police Department for more than 32 years.

D - Eva Pearson - Pearson, who was raised in Nassau County and now lives in Farmingdale, served in the U.S. Air Force during the first Gulf War. She currently works at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center in New York City, where she counsels children in foster care.

Lou November 07, 2011 at 06:05 PM
Thanks for posting this, you are the best!
Curt November 07, 2011 at 09:13 PM
Goodbye No Growth Kate!
Susan November 08, 2011 at 12:12 PM
Unions are supporting Pearson. I spoke with her and she seemed like a very nice person but said she would vote for a small tax increase as a last resort!


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