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REPORTER FILE PHOTO Town Board watchdog Emory Breiner (left) congratulated Al Kilb Jr. on his defeat of then supervisor Art Williams in the November 2005 election. Mr. Kilb and Hap Bowditch Jr. had both tried unsuccessfully to take the GOP banner from Mr. Williams in a September primary. When they failed, Mr. Kilb ran on the Conservative and Independence lines while Mr. Bowditch mounted a write-in campaign. There were no Democrats in the race.

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Town Board watchdog Emory Breiner (left) congratulated Al Kilb Jr. on his defeat of then supervisor Art Williams in the November 2005 election. Mr. Kilb and Hap Bowditch Jr. had both tried unsuccessfully to take the GOP banner from Mr. Williams in a September primary. When they failed, Mr. Kilb ran on the Conservative and Independence lines while Mr. Bowditch mounted a write-in campaign. There were no Democrats in the race.

50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY

In the wake of the bloody Selma, Alabama march, civil rights issues were dominating the news with President Lyndon Johnson introducing what would become the Voting Rights Act. President Johnson also ordered federal courts in Alabama to take steps to require local  officials in Alabama to protect the rights of peaceful protestors. (more…)

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09/25/14 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Then Board of Education president Bob DeStefano, now Reporter columnist, tried to convince voters to support a $1.9 million bond for school renovations.

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Then Board of Education President Bob DeStefano, now a Reporter columnist, tried to convince voters to support a $1.9 million bond for school renovations.

50 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK IN HISTORY

• The Warren Commission released its report on the investigation into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, concluding that Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone (more…)

02/04/12 8:37am

Bob DeStefano Jr. is now the head of the Shelter Island Republican Committee, replacing Amber Williams, who held the job for the past four years. Mr. DeStefano is the son of the GOP’s candidate for supervisor, Bob DeStefano, who unsuccessfully sought the office in November.

The younger Mr. DeStefano, 42, is an attorney in private practice serving clients on both Shelter Island and in Mineola.

Ms. Williams will continue serving the committee a party treasurer, a post that had been held by Paul Mobius. Mr. Mobius wanted to pass the job on and Ms. Williams said she had the abilities as an accountant to take it on. She also is treasurer of the Shelter Island Fire District.

“I think it’s good to have turnover — fresh ideas,” she said about Mr. DeStefano’s ascension as party leader.

For the complete story, see the February 9 Reporter.

06/08/11 2:16pm

Will Anderson III has been named to the Republican slate as a Town Board candidate and Hap Bowditch has been named the Republican candidate for highway superintendent, it was announced Wednesday afternoon by Republican Committee Chair Amber Williams.

Mr. Anderson and Mr. Bowditch will join supervisor candidate Bob DeStefano and incumbent Councilman Peter Reich on the GOP slate, along with three incumbents, Al Hammond and BJ Ianfoilla for assessor and Nancy Kotula for receiver of taxes, who are all cross-endorsed by the Democratic Committee.

Mr. Anderson, who was born on Shelter Island in 1968, runs the local plumbing business founded by his father, Anderson Plumbing & Heating, and is director of maintenance at the Pearlman Music Program. He is an assistant chief of the Shelter Island Fire Department.

Mr. Anderson and Mr. Reich will face Democratic Town Board candidates Ian Weslek and Dan Fokine, while Mr. DeStefano will face Supervisor Jim Dougherty, the Democratic candidate, and another challenger, Town Board member Glenn Waddington, who is running for supervisor as an independent.

“Growing up on Shelter Island, I didn’t really appreciate how fortunate we are,” Mr. Anderson said, according to a press release from the Republican Committee. “For me, it took living and working in distant places to understand what a unique and wonderful place this is. Now that I’ve settled here on Shelter Island, I want to join the Town Board to do what I can to help preserve what we have.”

Mr. Bowditch, who was a write-in candidate for town supervisor in 2005 after he lost a Republican primary to Art Williams, formerly ran a successful auto and truck repair shop. He is also known for his steel sculptures and other artwork. Calls to Mr. Bowditch on Wednesday for his comments were not immediated returned.

04/22/11 6:57pm

Shelter Island’s Democratic Committee made it official on Friday, April 15, that Supervisor Jim Dougherty will seek re-election this fall for a third two-year term in what’s shaping up to be a three-way race.

Bob DeStefano, the longtime golf pro at Gardiner’s Bay Country Club, will head the Republican ticket as the party’s candidate for supervisor, Republican Committee Chair Amber Williams confirmed Friday. The rest of the GOP’s candidates should be announced within the new few weeks, she said.

Councilman Glenn Waddington, a senior captain on South Ferry is also throwing his hat in the ring for supervisor. A former Town Board member who ran again in 2007 after having been off the board for several years, he confirmed Friday that he would seek the supervisor’s post as an independent.

Democratic Committee Chair Heather Reylek announced the Democrats’ full slate on Friday.

For Town Board, the committee picked two political newcomers, Ian Weslek and Daniel Fokine. Jay Card is the committee’s choice for highway superintendent. It will be Mr. Card’s second run for the post. He lost to Mark Ketcham in 2009.

Mr. Weslek, 39, a building contractor with his own firm, Weslek Woodworking Inc., grew up on Shelter Island. He served in the Navy from 1991 to 1997 and was discharged as a petty officer second class. He and his wife Victoria have two boys, Harrison, who will be 4 on Saturday, and Evan, 2. They are expecting a daughter in about four weeks.

Ian Weslek

“I’m really excited to be working with Dan and Jim and Jay,” said Mr. Weslek on Monday. We’re going to be a great quartet for the town.” He said it is “time for young blood” in town government.

Mr. Fokine, 29, works with his father Chris at Fokine Construction Services. He and his wife Brianne have been in the news recently as proponents of a farmers’ market that will debut this June on the grounds of the Shelter Island Historical Society. He is a 2004 graduate of Wheaton College in Massachusetts.

Dan Fokine

“There are a lot of reasons,” Mr. Fokine replied when asked why he had decided to run. “I really like Shelter Island. There are projects and issues I’d like to participate in.” He said he didn’t want to campaign for “any big changes” but wanted to “help out and see a few projects clear.”

While it came as no surprise that Mr. Dougherty would run again, the nominees for the board were picked only after “weeks of intensive interviews,” Ms. Reylek said.

“These are enthusiastic, young candidates, both with strong roots in the community,” she said. “Along with Jim, they provide Island voters with a real choice and an opportunity to put together a new working majority for the Town Board.”

Mr. Waddington, who has made no secret of his intention to challenge Mr. Dougherty, was elected with the Democratic Committee’s support four years ago. He also had the Independence, Conservative and Working Families lines. He did not screen with the Democrats for the supervisor nomination, he said.

Also running on the Democratic line will be incumbents Al Hammond and Barbara Jean Ianfolla for town assessor, and Nancy Kotula for receiver of taxes.

The two Town Board seats at stake in November’s election are those held by Mr. Waddington and by Peter Reich, who ran on the Republican and Conservative lines in 2007. He said Friday he would seek reelection on the Republican line.

Mr. Waddington has been the only board member besides Mr. Dougherty who was elected with the Democratic Committee’s endorsement. Councilman Ed Brown ran on the Conservative and Independence lines and Councilwoman Chris Lewis ran on the GOP line. Their terms expire in 2013.