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AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO Victorious Republicans toasting their sweep in the Town Board election Tuesday night. Raising glasses at the American Legion Hall moments after hearing the election results, are from left, Councilwoman Amber Brach-Williams, Supervisor-elect Gary Gerth and Town Councilman-elect Marcus Kaasik.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO Victorious Republicans toasting their sweep in the Town Board election Tuesday night. Raising glasses at the American Legion Hall moments after hearing the election results, are, from left, Councilwoman Amber Brach-Williams, Supervisor-elect Gary Gerth and Town Councilman-elect Marcus Kaasik.

In a stunning upset, Republican Gary Gerth, a newcomer to Shelter Island politics, defeated Supervisor Jim Dougherty who was making a bid for a sixth term. (more…)

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REPORTER FILE PHOTO Thanks to a small group of residents who took over the annual event previously staged the Shelter Island Chamber of Commerce, Fireworks by Grucci will again provide a spectacular show on Saturday, July 11, off Crescent Beach.

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Thanks to a small group of residents who took over the annual event previously staged by the Shelter Island Chamber of Commerce, Fireworks by Grucci will again provide a spectacular show on Saturday, July 11 off Crescent Beach.

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11/05/13 10:52pm

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Town Board incumbent Republicans Chris Lewis and Ed Brown at Sweet Tomato’s, shortly after hearing they had won new terms of office.

In an election marked by low turnout, Town Board incumbents Ed Brown and Chris Lewis, running on the Republican and Conservative tickets, cruised to victory Tuesday over Democrat Robert Reylek.

Ms. Lewis was the big winner with a total of 611 votes. That was more than Democrat incumbent Supervisor Jim Dougherty, running unopposed, who tallied 598 votes.

Final totals for Mr. Brown were 544 votes to Mr. Reylek’s 385.

A total of 850 ballots were cast out of 2,236 registered voters. Shelter Island Democratic Chairwoman Heather Reylek said after the votes were in that a good portion of her party’s base took the day off.

According to the Suffolk County Board of Elections, 196 absentee ballots were requested. Bob DeStefano Jr., Shelter Island GOP chairman, said as the polls closed there was no way his candidates’ margin of victory would shrink much after all absentee ballots were counted.

A little after 9 p.m. at the Shelter Island School polling place, Mr. Reylek said he had no regrets and offered congratulations to his opponents. He said he would be going to Sweet Tomato’s, the Republican’s election night headquarters, to personally wish Mr. Brown and Ms. Lewis well.

“I worked hard,” Mr. Reylek said, adding he couldn’t think of anything he would have done differently.

At Sweet Tomato’s, surrounded by supporters, Ms. Lewis, who has served 12 years on the Town Board, said she was “greatly relieved. In any election there’s always some concern. Bob Reylek is a worthy opponent and I couldn’t take anything for granted.”

Mr. Brown, who will be sworn in for his fourth term of office as a councilman in January, thanked his party chairman, Mr. DeStefano and Amber Williams, former chairwoman for the Island Republicans.

He was proud of the campaign all candidates had run. “It wasn’t contentious,” Mr. Brown said. “This was Shelter Island at its best.”

Incumbents Town Clerk Dorothy Ogar and Town Assessor Patricia Castoldi, running unopposed on the Republican and Conservative lines, received congratulations at Sweet Tomato’s from well-wishers.

About 30 Democrats crowded into Kyle’s to hear party Chairwoman Heather Reylek announce, “We have two winners tonight. Let’s think positive,” speaking of Mr. Dougherty’s victory along with Highway Superintendent Jay Card Jr., who also ran unopposed.

“Unfortunately, Bob did not win,” Ms. Reylek said of her husband. Even when the absentee ballots are counted, “There’s not enough of them to make a difference,” she said.

Mr. Dougherty called the Republican victory in the Town Board races “not surprising.”

He praised Mr. Reylek as a man of “so much character and so competent,” but said he’s penalized for being a “quiet guy. It’s the Island’s loss.”

“We’ll see,” was all Mr. Card said about running for another term after this one.  Mr. Card threatened during budget negotiations not to seek a third term unless he got a substantial raise.

As for Mr. Dougherty, he said his decision to run again in two years would depend on what he accomplishes in this term.

08/30/12 3:36pm

Don’t expect to spot Shelter Islander Heather Reylek at next week’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

One of eight delegates tapped by Congressman Tim Bishop, she’ll be there, you just won’t be able to see her in the crowd.

“I’m the shortest one there,” joked Ms. Raylek, chairwoman of the Shelter Island Democratic Party.

Although she’s been chairwoman for more than 10 years, this is her first trip to a national nominating convention and she told the Reporter in a Thursday morning interview that she expects the schedule to be exhausting but exhilarating.

“I’m going to be learning a lot,”she said.

Each day will be filled with various caucuses throughout for the delegates and then major speeches at the Time Warner Cable Arena each evening.

Because members of the New York delegation are staying at a hotel about a half hour from the convention center, Ms. Raylek doesn’t expect to be able to get back to the hotel between sessions, she said. She had tried to book her own reservations immediately after being tapped a few months ago by Mr. Bishop to be a delegate, but the Democratic Party had put a freeze on all area hotels and then assigned them to various delegations, she said.

She says she’s most looking forward to President Barack Obama’s acceptance speech next Thursday night. Weather permitting, that will occur at the larger outdoor Bank of America Stadium.

Ms. Reylek also has high expectations for First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech and a speech from former President Bill Clinton.

Ms. Reylek will be attending a caucus on women’s issues, including the party’s pro-choice agenda and her husband Bob Reylek plans to attend a small business caucus. He’s not a delegate, but the caucuses are open to the public.

Mr. Reylek is also attending a caucus on voting rights. That has been a hot topic this year, with several states adopting various requirements for voter identifications. Democrats maintain that it’s an effort by Republicans to keep down the number of voters they believe would favor Mr. Obama. Republicans argue that it’s simply a means of assuring that only those who are legally allowed to vote are able to cast ballots.

The Reyleks were due to leave Shelter Island Friday morning and drive to North Carolina with a stop Friday night in Virginia.

Ms. Reylek said they will attend CarolinaFest 2012 this weekend, featuring a number of top name performers, including James Taylor.