Residents headed for the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 4 - Election Day 2003 - to vote for their candidates of choice. The results are as follows:
In the Town of Oyster Bay, residents returned incumbent Supervisor John Venditto to a fourth term in office. Venditto, who ran on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Working Families Party lines, received 35,427 votes while his challenger, Democrat Alexander Sklavos, received 19,889.
Residents of Oyster Bay Town also voted for three of six candidates for Town Board. The two incumbent Republicans, Joseph Muscarella and Anthony Macagnone, were re-elected while Rose Walker, a political newcomer, defeated Bonnie Eisler, the Democratic incumbent. The numbers were as follows: Muscarella - 31,121; Macagnone - 29,620; Walker - 29,462; Eisler - 24,545; Gary Burke (D) - 23,134; and Lawrence Weiss - 22,518. In addition to the Republican line, Macagnone, Muscarella and Walker ran on the Independence, Conservative and Working Families Party lines.
Challenger Steve Labriola, current New York State Assemblyman of the 12th Assembly District, defeated Oyster Bay Town Clerk Martha Offerman, the Democratic incumbent. Labriola, a Republican, garnered 29,882 votes to Offerman's 23,975. A special election will be held early next year to fill Labriola's seat in the assembly.
Receiver of Taxes James Stefanich held onto his seat after going neck and neck with challenger, Republican John Canning. Stefanich, the Democratic incumbent, received 27,272 votes to Canning's 26,818.
The Democrats held on to their 10-9 majority in the Nassau County Legislature.
In the 17th Legislative District, Edward P. Mangano, the Republican incumbent, defeated Democratic challenger Linda Burns-Gleason. Mangano received 8,348 votes to Burns-Gleason's 3,789.
Also in a very tight race this year were the two candidates for county assessor. On Tuesday, voters elected Democrat Harvey Levinson over Republican incumbent Charles O'Shea. Levinson receiving 107,338 votes while O'Shea received 106,102.
- Victoria A. Caruso