Directors re-eligible for another four-year term include Joseph Keyes and Susan Brinkman. In addition, newly appointed directors, Lizbeth Carrillo and Patrick McHeffey, will seek two-year and four-year terms, respectively.
Opponent and resident Dennis Ross will seek election to his first four-year term against incumbents Keyes, Brinkman and McHeffey; Carrillo will run unopposed.
The election is general, which means that the directors who receive the most votes are elected to all seats. Village Judge Patti Romeo is also eligible for re-election.
The election will take place on Tuesday, March 15. Voting will take place at Village Hall, 380 Bay Avenue (Parks & Recreation Department) and the Knights of Columbus from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. At time of going to press.
Trustee Keyes was appointed to the board in 2009 and elected in 2010. He was subsequently re-elected in 2014 and 2018. He has been married for over 48 years and a resident of the village of Patchogue since 1975 with four sons and four grandchildren.
“In my 12+ years serving the residents of Patchogue, I am proud to say that I have played a part in many important decisions that have improved the quality of life at Patchogue,” he explained. why he should be re-elected for another term.
His accomplishments include the approval of the New Village complex at Four Corners, ArtSpace, the expansion of the sewer plant, Copper Beech, the introduction of Fabco filters in sumps reducing harmful elements from waterways, liquid brine as opposed to salt for snow on the roads, facilitated a partnership with Pedal Share, applied for grants to acquire recycling buckets in all village parks, legislated an engine idling restriction, and helped to bring the Johnson Controls project to the village.
However, he said he was most proud of having legislated the village’s Green Fleet Policy, which ensures that all vehicles purchased by the village will be designed to reduce toxic fossil fuel emissions. In this capacity, he also facilitated the purchase of the village’s first electric vehicle and the installation of a charging station.
He also founded the Environmental Protection Committee in Patchogue, which has made environmental improvements including banning single-use bags, banning polystyrene, tampon-in-a-bag project, Patchogue Green program Business and assessment of river, bay and lake microplastics. Ecosystem, a partnership with students from St. Joseph’s College.
Apart from that, he is also the liaison for the parks and recreation department, helping to bring the petting zoo, goat yoga, and a fitness program to the village.
His latest collaboration as a trustee involves keeping pedestrians safe with vests and “road diet” to help slow traffic.
“I’m racing again because I think we still have work to do, and with this particular team [Brinkman, McHeffey, Carrillo], I am convinced that we can achieve a lot,” he said. “I love Patchogue because we have a bit, well, enough of everything. It’s a ‘Storefront to Shorefront’ community. There’s a vibrancy that bounces downtown—food, music, entertainment and retail, the theatre. There is a cultural arts district, local parks and playgrounds, 26 acres of parkland right on the Great South Bay! What more could you ask for?”
Brinkman has served on the board since November 2015, elected to a two-year term to fill a vacancy in 2016 and reelected to a full term in 2018. She has a husband and three children. His father, Hans Henke, is the village historian.
She is currently the Library Media Specialist at Sylvan Avenue Elementary School in Bayport since 2008. She has also served as Commissioner of the Village Zoning and Planning Board as well as a member.
She is proud of the teamwork that the current village council has put in place.
“Our diversity of backgrounds and talents allows us to think and problem solve in so many important ways,” she said. “We have each served on the various committees and councils in the village and this allows us to bring an important skill set to the table. We know the village inside out!
She is also proud of her work using her technological skills to keep all town hall meetings running during the pandemic. She is credited with researching and creating ways to effectively use Zoom and YouTube to broadcast meetings remotely. Then, once they were able to return to the town hall, she also set up the required technology and procedures and trained village staff to assist her so that they could continue broadcasting the meetings. Over the past year, she has also been part of the team that designed and implemented the new village website.
“I’m also very proud of the walkway we’ve created across the Roe Walkway parking lot at ArtSpace,” she added. “To help fund it, I wrote a Suffolk County Town Center Revitalization Grant and won a substantial amount of money. Before this footbridge, crossing the parking lot was neither easy nor safe. .
The walkway, she said, allows everyone, but especially people in wheelchairs and families with strollers, to cross a busy parking lot safely, especially at night.
Additionally, working with Marian Russo, Executive Director of the Community Development Agency, and Beth Giacummo-Lachacz, Executive Director of the Patchogue Arts Council, they then brainstormed and created a “call for artists” during the design phase of the gateway project. As a result, they were able to create a public walkway containing original works of art contained within the circles of cobblestones interspersed along its length.
She also highlighted his work to help restore the Civil War Soldier statue at the American Legion Veterans Memorial Park. She worked with the local Post 210 Republic Grand Army Society and helped secure a grant from Legis. Rob Calarco allowed them to restore the statue.
She is running for a third term to pursue her passion for working for residents.
“As a councilor, I’ve done great things and created new ways to communicate important information to our residents, but there’s still a long way to go,” she said.
The most recent project she is working on is to digitize village records and make them easier to manage and retrieve. She hopes to complete the project.
“I feel that my experience and my skills will benefit our village and allow me to continue to give back to the community that I love,” she added, explaining why she should be re-elected. “I love everything about Patchogue! We have the best residents, an exciting downtown and a beautiful shoreline. There are so many amenities for the diverse population we have, with the potential for even more.
During her campaign, she looks forward to meeting more residents and communicating the council’s goals for the future of Patchogue.
McHeffey, 34, a graduate of Center Moriches Secondary School, is the youngest person currently serving on the council. He has the experience of serving on the CDA Board with a core belief in building a strong and strong community. He lives on Cedar Avenue with his wife Sophie and two children. Together they moved to the village in 2017.
McHeffey, who has also served as a member of the Patchogue Village Community Development Agency, is a member of Patchogue Environmental Protection, Strong Towns, and the Congress for New Urbanism. Professionally, he works in the family bakery, Nettie’s Country Bakery, in Center Moriches, where he does everything from baking and packaging to managing long-term business development strategies. Previously, he spent several years in the world of finance and accounting, as controller of the Blue Point Brewing Company.
McHeffey holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Roger Williams University and a Masters in Urban Affairs from Boston University, where he focused on urban planning and local economic development.
He is now seeking election to his first full term after being nominated to fill a vacant seat last year. He shows up because he said he believes in the work that Patchogue has started and there is still a lot to do.
“I envision a walkable, durable and resilient Patchogue,” he said of his platform. “Mayor Pontieri and the board have built an incredibly strong foundation for this community. It’s up to my generation to learn all we can from them, and then move the ball forward.
He is proud to listen to the concerns of neighbors and the thoughts of people throughout the community during his short time on council.
He plans to campaign with the rest of the Patchogue 2022 team, hitting the streets to catch up with his neighbors, meeting new people, and listening to ideas on how to move Patchogue forward.
“What I love most about Patchogue is that it’s not just a town, it’s a real community made up of a diverse group of people who are willing to work to make it a place where life is good,” he said. “As the outside world seems to be growing further and further away, here at Patchogue we are finding ways to bring people together. It’s key to our success, and it’s also what makes it a great place to raise a family.
Carrillo, 34, was named the village’s first Latina administrator in December last year, replacing former administrator Sal Felice. Carrillo is originally from Ecuador and holds a BA in Sociology from Dowling College. Carrillo has also served as outreach director for St. Francis de Sales Church since 2015, and in 2018 she was asked for a community liaison position with the Suffolk County Police Department. Carrillo has developed outreach and education strategies for Suffolk Police.
Since she has been on the board for just over a month, March 15 will be her first election.
During her tenure on the board, she said she was proud to be part of a team that works together and is in “constant communication” with each other.
“Furthermore, I am proud to work with my colleagues to create a safe environment for our pedestrians. ‘Be Seen’ was a community effort and I’m lucky to be a part of this amazing project,” she added.
She said she ran because she liked Patchogue.
“I love seeing our small businesses thriving, our parks full of kids on sunny days, and feeling safe,” she continued. “I would like to represent my community, as I have a diverse work background, CDA and zoning experience, as well as personal challenges that provide a perfect foundation to function as an administrator.”
To campaign, she plans to knock on doors to introduce herself and get to know the community and its needs. Its platform for the village is “Diversity, Safety, Environment, Economic Development and Sustainability”.