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Suffolk County voters are being asked to cast their ballots Thursday in the primary party races. While tradition dictates that primaries are held Tuesdays, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill in February to push back voting by two days to Sept. 13 to avoid the conflict with the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and celebration of the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah. Several key statewide positions are being contested, including who the Democratic Party nominees will be for state governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. There are two noteworthy local races including the Democratic Party’s pick for Surrogate’s Court and who the Republican candidate will be for the state’s 2nd Assembly District. Registered voters can check the location of their polling place and its hours by visiting Suffolk County Board of Election’s website at

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Commack board of ed investigation costs district $72K Trustees decide to leave Verity’s seat vacant for 2018-19 school year, will operate with four members A month after a controversial investigation led to the resignation of a Commack board of education member, the price tag on that review has finally come through. The Commack school district spent an approximate total of $72,443.24 on the fourmonth investigation of former trustee Pamela Verity. The board of education announced it intends to remain at four out of five members until the May 2019 school elections. Board Vice President Jarrett Behar initially announced the district’s special investigation cost more than $60,000 at the Sept. 6 meeting. When the total was first announced, Verity said she found that number to be low compared to what she had seen before resigning from the board. “I saw the bills prior to being off the board, and they definitely exceeded that number,” she said. However, school officials said the district has since received additional invoices and corrected its initial estimate bringing the total bill up to more than $72,000. “What was not included in those [initial] costs were the costs of legal issues leading up to the



Commack BOE with former trustee Pamela Verity, seated front left, pictured at the start of the 2017-18 school year.

investigation,” said Laura Newman, the assistant superintendent for business and operations. “Those costs were reflected in the April billing by Lamb & Barnosky, totaling $10,585.06. In addition, there will be an additional bill of $1,798.97 reflecting August charges from Lamb & Barnosky.” The law firm of Lamb & Barnosky, which

serves as council to the district, was paid nearly $49,000, including disbursements, from April through August for work done relating to the investigation, according to documents obtained by TBR News Media. Attorney Jeffrey Smith, who had been hired on contract as an independent investigator at a $150 hourly rate, was paid $17,550

for writing the 80-page report released Aug. 2. His fees were included in the disbursements under the June invoice from Lamb & Barnosky. In addition, Albany-based law firm Girvin & Ferlazzo was paid approximately $13,500 to verify information that was written in the report and to prepare charges against Verity. Lastly Philip Maier, a hearing officer, received $3,600 in fees paid to attend the first two days of hearing, which did not take place. Superintendent Donald James confirmed the money came from the legal section of the school’s 2018-19 budget. This is out of the total 2018-19 budget of $193,222,796. School officials accepted Verity’s letter of resignation at an Aug. 1 special meeting. This came after a four-month investigation into allegations she had disclosed confidential information privy to her as a board trustee and removing school district property from Marion Carll Farm. Board members discussed their options for the vacancy left by Verity at an Aug. 16 special meeting. Eugene Barnosky, the district’s attorney, said trustees could host a special election, appoint a new member themselves or leave the seat vacant. The COMMACK BOE Continued on A6

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Wehrheim appointed to seat on LI Regional Planning Council Smithtown residents will have a voice at the table to represent them when planning the future growth and development of Long Island. Town of Smithtown Supervisor Ed Wehrheim (R) was one of two new appointments to the Long Island Regional Planning Council nominated by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone (D). His appointment was unanimously approved by Suffolk County Legislature by a vote of 17-0 at its Sept. 5 meeting. “I am extremely honored and humbled by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone for putting his faith in me,” Wehrheim said. “Together, we can unite all Long Island residents in a non-partisan effort to deliver a modern-day renaissance here in our beautiful home.” The Long Island Regional Planning Council is an inter-municipal organization whose mission is representing the needs of all Long Islanders by building productive connections between communities, focusing on issues best handed on a broad geographic scale and fostering the development of regional comprehensive planning. Some of the issues it addresses include capital projects for economic growth, improving

mass transit, affordable workforce housing and environmental protection during development, according to its website. “Suffolk County is working towards a vision that keeps our region competitive and attracts the high-skill, high-knowledge workers we need to grow our economy,” Bellone said in a press statement. Wehrheim said that he’s been able to foster a ‘perfect symbiotic relationship’ with Suffolk officials in working through capital infrastructural projects. He highlighted his recent work that has Kings Park, Smithtown and St. James sewer projects shovel ready, in addition to repaving the town’s municipal parking lots. “We’ve worked hand in hand with county Executive Bellone who has been both a man of his word and a true champion in helping our hamlet’s plan for economy growth,” the supervisor said. “He has helped our community to understand the need for infrastructure and transportation improvements is the foundation for growth.” Wehrheim along with Jeffrey Guillot, a partner at Huntington-based Millennial Strategies, LLC, will join the 10 existing members of the committee. Other elected officials involved in the Long Island Regional Planning Council include: Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen

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Mary Amato, 105, of Port Jefferson Station, died Aug. 27. She was the beloved mother of Maryann (Anthony) Masella and Paul (Meryl); cherished grandmother of the late Joseph, Charles, Natalie, Denise, Lenore, Paul, Danielle, Christopher, Joseph, and the late Gregory; and loving great grandmother of Amanda, Ashley, Gabrielle, Angelo,

Marissa, Alyssa, Hailey, Courtney, Nicholas, Jake, Avery, Gianna, Stephen and Owen. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Margaret of Scotland R.C. Church in Selden. Entombment followed at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Coram. Arrangements entrusted to the professional care of Branch Funeral Home of Miller Place. Visit the online guest book at


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SUPREME COURT: SUFFOLK COUNTY. U.S. BANK TRUST, N.A., AS TRUSTEE FOR LSF9 MASTER PARTICIPATION TRUST, Pltf. vs. ALINA JALILI, et al, Defts. Index #067803/2014. Pursuant to judgment of foreclosure and sale entered Nov. 22, 2016, I will sell at public auction at Smithtown Town Hall, 99 West Main St., Smithtown, NY on October 10, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. prem. k/a 22 Glacier Drive, Smithtown, NY a/k/a District 0800, Section 095.00, Block 03.00, Lot 025.00. Said property beginning at a point on the Westerly side of Glacier Drive, distant 205.50 ft. Northerly from the extreme Northerly end of the arc of a curve connecting the Westerly side of Glacier Drive with the Northerly side of Glacier Drive, being a plot 134 ft. x 75 ft. Approx. amt. of judgment is $466,521.88 plus costs and interest. Sold subject to terms and conditions of filed judgment and terms of sale. CHARLES F. KENNY III, Referee. COHN & ROTH, Attys. for Pltf., 100 East Old Country Rd., Mineola, NY. #95492

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated February 07, 2018, and entered in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Suffolk, wherein WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATE HOLDERS OF SOUNDVIEWHOME LOAN TRUST 2007-OPT1, ASSET-BACK CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-OPT1 is the Plaintiff and MICHAEL E. RYAN; ET AL. are the Defendant(s). I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the SMITHTOWN TOWN HALL, 99 WEST MAIN STREET, SMITHTOWN, NY 11787, on October 16, 2018 at 10:00AM, premises known as 26 KOHR ROAD, KINGS PARK, NY 11754: District 0800, Section 015.00, Block 01.00, Lot 021.003:


ALL THAT CERTAIN PLOT, PIECE, OR PARCEL OF LAND SITUATE, LYING AND BEING IN THE TOWN OF SMITHTOWN, COUNTY OF SUFFOLK AND STATE OF NEW YORK Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 001205/2013. Valerie Manzo, Esq. - Referee. RAS Boriskin, LLC 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 310, Westbury, New York 11590, Attorneys for Plaintiff. 763 9/13 4x ts Notice of formation of Prism Equitas LLC. Arts of Org. filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 8/8/2018. Office location: Suffolk County. SSNY has

been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of the process to the LLC: Prism Equitas LLC, 67 Pine Hill Rd, Port Jefferson, NY, 11777. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 764 8/23 6x ts SMITHTOWN FIRE DISTRICT NOTICE OF ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION SUBJECT TO PERMISSIVE REFERENDUM NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Smithtown Fire District, in the Town of Smithtown, Suffolk County, New York, at a meeting thereof, held on the 4th day of September, 2018, duly adopted, subject to permissive referendum, a Resolution, an abstract of which is as follows: The Resolution authorizes a transfer in an amount not to exceed $50,000.00 from the Equipment Reserve account to the General Fund account for the purchase of a 2018 Responder Vehicle, with lettering, and related equipment. Dated: Smithtown, New York September 7, 2018 BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS OF THE SMITHTOWN FIRE DISTRICT IN THE TOWN OF SMITHTOWN, SUFFOLK COUNTY, NEW YORK THOMAS A. BUFFA DISTRICT SECRETARY 824 9/13 1x ts

Two men killed in Commack gas station crash Suffolk County Police 4th Squad detectives are investigating a motor vehicle crash that killed two people in Commack early Wednesday morning. Hector Sanchez Jr, 27, was driving a 2013 Audi westbound on Jericho Turnpike just past the intersection of Veterans Memorial Highway when he lost control of the vehicle and struck a gas pump at a Sunoco gas station located on Jericho Turnpike at approximately 2:10 a.m. The vehicle caught fire. Both Sanchez, of

Brentwood, and passenger, Shawn Jenkins Jr., 24, of Bay Shore, were pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner. The vehicle was impounded for a safety check. Detectives are asking anyone with information about the crash to contact the 4th Squad at 631-854-8452 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS.

— Sara-Megan Walsh

Commack graffiti artist wanted Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and 4th Precinct Crime Section officers are seeking the public’s help to identify and locate the man who allegedly defaced the wall of a building in Commack with graffiti last month. A man used spray paint to make graffiti on the wall of the building located on Commack Road Aug. 26 between 3:30 and 5 a.m. The man appears to be either bald or have short cropped hair and has a beard or goatee. The man was driving a four-door vehicle. Crime Stoppers offers a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest. Anyone with information about this incident can submit an anonymous tip by calling 800-220-TIPS (8477) or texting SCPD and the message to CRIMES (274637). All text messages and calls will be kept confidential.



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Suffolk police say the above-pictured man spray-painted graffiti on a Commack store.

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trustees voted 3-1 to remain at four members until the next election cycle in May 2019 with member Jen Carpenter casting the lone dissenting vote. Carpenter said she worried that without some sort of election it could harm the board’s ability to build trust in the community. “If there’s a way to get [information of the vote] out there — with word of mouth or on social media — if we do vote and do decide to go in that direction, you’re electing us to be here, share those decisions and be here with you,” she said. Behar said he feared there would be low turnout for a special election, considering that only 6 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot on

the district’s 2018-19 budget and, historically, significantly less people have voted in prior special elections. “For somebody to serve for that limited period of time to get that low of a level of community participation, the cost benefit analysis is just not there,” the vice president said. James said the district did not want to rule out community involvement in the decision process, but it did not want to spend an estimated $12,837 to host a new special election. Several community members spoke at the Aug. 16 meeting advocating for a special election. “It’s ridiculous,” East Northport resident Dan Fusco said. “The district didn’t want to pay $13,000 to host special elections but they’d spend [tens of thousands] on an investigation? That doesn’t make sense.”



A young dancer has come through a cancer battle with the poise and grace of a prima ballerina. More than a year ago, 12-year-old Delaney Unger, of Selden, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer, in her left distal femur. Now cancer free, she reunited with the Stony Brook University Children’s Hospital doctors who provided her a way to dance with her St. James studio again at a Sept. 10 press conference. Dr. Fazel Khan, an orthopedic oncologist surgeon, said doctors diagnosed Delaney with cancer above her left knee joint in December 2016. While given a few treatment options, including knee replacement, she and her family decided in order to have an active life she would undergo rotationplasty surgery, also known as the Van Ness procedure, which involves partial amputation followed by use of a prosthesis. Khan said the operation involved amputating Delaney’s diseased knee; then doctors rotated her ankle 180 degrees and placed it in the position of the knee joint. It was attached to the remaining thigh to create a functional, natural joint. This results in a shorter leg with the foot and toes facing backward. “The beauty of that solution is that you now control your ankle as if it’s your knee,” Khan said, adding it takes a lot of training and perseverance on the patient’s part to adjust. Delaney’s mother, Melissa, said when her daughter began experiencing pain in her knee she and her husband, Noah, thought she had overworked it between dancing and gymnastics — maybe pulling a muscle. A pediatrician sent Delaney for an X-ray that showed a mass on her femur and an appointment was made with an oncologist.

“At that point, everything stopped,” Unger said. “Our world would forever be classified as before cancer and after cancer.” During the press conference, Delaney demonstrated how easy it was to remove and put on her prosthesis that she has worn for the past year. It fits over her backward foot and extends up the thigh. Khan said while knee replacement works well for people who are older, it may not be the best solution for younger people who are active. “You can wear a prosthesis after [the amputation], and you can jump around or dance on that prosthesis as much as you like, and if it wears out, you can put a new prosthesis in there,” Khan said. Plastic surgeon Dr. Jason Ganz, who worked with Delaney, said he has kept in touch with the family through emails and videos. He said it was wonderful to see how far she has come since the diagnosis, and she looked incredible. Khan said he was inspired by Delaney who decided that despite cancer she would not give up on her dancing dreams. “All my patients inspire me, but I’ve never seen somebody that is 11 years old, and now 12 years old, who has been so strong, so inspiring and so courageous in all of this,” the surgeon said. Unger said Delaney used crutches for approximately a month after the operation and could walk unassisted after two months. In May 2018, she danced in St. James-based Chorus Line Dance Studio’s annual recital. “Delaney has always had lots of confidence, drive and determination,” her mother said. “All of these traits have helped her to fight her battle and come through the other side.” Delaney said she hopes sharing her story will help children going through the same thing. Using social media, she has been able to connect with others who had the same type of cancer and underwent the Van Ness procedure. She said even though having an ankle for a knee and wearing a prosthesis took time adjusting to, now it feels normal and sometimes she forgets she has one. The soon-to-be 13-year-old said she continues to study ballet, tap, jazz lyrical, contemporary and hip-hop and plans to try out for Selden Middle School’s kickline team. Delaney said sometimes the prosthesis affects her dancing as she can’t balance as well on her left leg; however, its more flexible now, so she choses to do her leg hold with her left side. She also said she can kick fine with both legs. Delaney thanked the doctors who helped her and had kind words for the Stony Brook hospital staff. “The child life specialists helped to put a smile on my face every day,” she said, adding Friday was her favorite day because therapy dogs would come to visit. While dancing still takes up a considerable part of her life, she has new dreams. “[The doctors] have inspired me to want to become a pediatric oncologist,” Delaney said. “I


SBU doctors perform unique surgery to give the gift of dance

Delaney Unger and her parents, Melissa and Noah, above, look on at a Sept. 10 press conference as SBU doctors explain the procedure Delaney underwent after doctors diagnosed her with osteosarcoma. Below left, the dancer demonstrates how she takes off her prosthesis at the press conference.

want to help other children do their treatments, and I want to research causes and new treatments for cancer.” Her mother said Delaney has already been an inspiration to many.

“People have said that her attitude and outlook on life, even now going through cancer, has helped them,” Unger said. “They’ll stop and think, ‘Say, wait a minute, Delaney is going through this right now, I can handle this problem today.



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BY KYLE BARR KYLE@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM Since its invention as a diagnostic tool in the early 1970s, MRI has touched the lives of many patients, helping doctors to diagnose innumerable diseases and injuries, but Selden resident Sharyn Lauterbur-DiGeronimo remembers it as a connection to her late father. She recalls one day finding baby clams as a 9 year old in Setauket Harbor, and holding them up to her dad, Paul Lauterbur. They were perfect for what he needed to create the first two-dimensional image using nuclear magnetic resonance. The scientist’s daughter said she has a connection to MRI, feeling that she had influenced her father’s desire to find a way to diagnose without causing harm to a patient. “My dad used to have two lab rats, one I called Notch because he had a notch in one ear,” Lauterbur-DiGeronimo said. “I thought they were pets. One day Notch wasn’t there, and my dad had to explain what happened. They cut him open because he was a research rat. I completely freaked out, and I said there’s got to be a way to see inside without having to do that. I think that disturbed him a great deal.” On Sept. 5, Stony Brook University Hospital remembered and gave back to the Lauterbur family by hosting a ceremony in the upcoming hospital Medical and Research Translation Building. The hospital and co-sponsor, the Long Island branch


of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, presented a bronze plaque to be displayed inside the MART building commemorating the first 2-D NMR image. The university and IEEE also surprised the Lauterbur family by announcing they would be renaming the road leading up to the MART building Lauterbur Drive. Lauterbur, who worked as a chemistry professor at SBU, is also known as the father of MRI. The story goes that the late professor was munching on a hamburger in a Pennsylvania restaurant when he had a “eureka” moment. In his mind’s eye, he saw a way to use his research in nuclear magnetic resonance to display objects in multidimensional detail. He rushed out of the restaurant and wrote the idea into a spiral notebook. “Quite simply, the MRI is one of the most important medical discoveries of the 20th century,” said Dr. Samuel L. Stanley Jr., university president. “Lauterbur’s transformative work truly changed the course of modern medicine and trajectory of Stony Brook University.” Lauterbur published his ideas and the first example of a 2-D scan in the science journal, Nature, in 1973. In 2003 he was the co-recipient of a Nobel Prize for his work in nuclear magnetic resonance which led to the creation of MRI as a diagnostic tool before he passed away in 2007. “MRI changed medical diagnostics around the world, and all that began right here at Stony Brook,” Tom Coughlin, the president-elect at IEEE-USA said.


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Stony Brook University’s Dr. Samuel L. Stanley Jr., left, and Dr. Kenneth Kaushansky, right, present the daughters of MRI diagnostic inventor Paul Lauterbur with a street sign.

Many who work with MRI technology said they owe their careers to Lauterbur. “You knew [Lauterbur] was doing an experiment because the lights would dim, the floor would shake, and the electrical bill was too high,” said Tim Duong, director of MRI research at the hospital. The half-sister of Lauterbur-DiGeronimo, Elise Lauterbur, 33, is a doctoral candidate in Stony Brook’s Ecology & Evolution Department and is working on her dissertation on the biochemistry and physiology of mammalian cyanide adaptation, particularly with Madagascar lemurs. She said it took years growing up before she truly understood what her father’s work had meant to the world. “When I went with him when he was getting awards, I had people coming up to me saying, ‘Oh, your dad saved my sister’s life,’ or ‘Your dad is the

reason I can still type on a computer,’” she said. “When my dad finally won the Nobel Prize it sunk in that his work had changed people’s lives in ways most scientists never manage.” It would take years of tests for Lauterbur’s theories to turn into the prolific MRI machine, but the technology has improved immeasurably since then. Lauterbur-DiGeronimo said her father would appreciate that. “When they were doing tests with it I’d spend like four hours in one, with a break for two hours in between sessions,” Lauterbur-DiGeronimo said. “The MRI I had last week took about 15 minutes.” The new MART building, which is scheduled to open in 2019, will be used for cancer biology research, clinical research, biomedical informatics and imaging, according to dean of the School of Medicine, Dr. Kenneth Kaushansky.

Helping millenials stay here is vital to our future BY DUWAYNE GREGORY

By DuWayne Gregory

I recently put forth legislation that directed the Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning to create a pilot program that would offer ways for young adults to reduce their student loan debt, thereby making them more attractive candidates for homeownership. The exodus of college graduates from Long Island is well known by now. We have all heard the stories of young adults living in their parents’ basement, unable to find affordable housing on the Island. We also know of those who invested time and money on postgraduate education only to find their new debt-to-income ratio made them unattractive candidates for a mortgage and homeownership. A 2016 report prepared by the New York State Comptroller’s Office indicated the average school loan balance carried by an individual on Long Island is about $33,900. Statistics indicate some 45 million people in the U.S. have student debt and that more than 80 percent of young adults who haven’t bought a home cite student

loans as the reason. We know that repaying student loans can take up to 20 years and for those continuing with advanced degrees, those years can stretch into decades. The absence of housing options as well as the prohibitive costs are factors driving young professionals to desert the towns in which they grew up and head to other parts of the country deemed to be more affordable. It is a scenario that plays out over and over. The result is that businesses and corporations on Long Island are also struggling to find qualified workers to fill the available jobs, many of which are technology-based and dependent on new graduates who have the STEM skills needed in today’s employment market. If we look at other areas around the country we can see some examples of the creativity used to incentivize young professionals who are looking to establish careers and grow roots in a community. The State of Maryland has SmartBuy, a $10-million program that lets people with education loans purchase a home and wipe out college debt at the same time using an innovative model

that combines a buyer’s down payment with a state contribution. Detroit has its Downtown Detroit program which can provide up to $20,000 in a forgivable loan toward the purchase of a primary residence providing it is in one of several designated areas. Niagara Falls has allowed reimbursement on two- and four-year degrees if the individual rents an apartment or buys a home in a designated area. In Suffolk County, we need to think creatively. We need to find partners among housing advocates and business leaders. We need to learn from others who are already working on plans and those who have the experience to know what will work and what won’t. Then we need to find the will to make whatever hard choices are involved to give this next generation of Long Islanders a chance to live where they love, surrounded by family and friends, to have a good-paying job and a place to call home. The future of Long Island depends on it. DuWayne Gregory is a Suffolk County legislator (D-Amityville) and presiding officer of the Legislature.



Candidates for judgeship discuss qualifications, cross-party endorsements Scully and Whelan face off in Democratic primary Sept. 13, but they could meet again in the general election Political races for local judgeships don’t tend to garner much attention, but the 2018 race to preside over Suffolk County’s Surrogate’s Court is breaking the mold. Judge John Czygier Jr., who currently oversees the county’s Surrogate’s Court, Page A26 is nearing the mandatory retirement age, leaving a vacancy candidates Tara Scully and Theresa Whelan are competing to fill. The position, which yields a salary in excess of $200,000, carries a 10-year term, and the occupant may serve until age 70. The candidates face off in the Democratic primary Sept. 13 for the party line in the general election. The situation has drawn criticism far and wide, largely on the practice of cross-party endorsement deals. The candidates sat down Sept. 6 for an exclusive interview with TBR News Media’s editorial staff to set the record straight.



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What is Surrogate’s Court?

Surrogate’s Court is responsible for handling all issues involving wills and the estates of people who die. The court also handles guardianship hearings and some adoption cases for children whose parents are deceased. Each of New York state’s 62 counties has one surrogate judge except New York and Kings counties, which have two each. The court’s rulings can involve large amounts of money, making it uniquely susceptible to political patronage. Scully and Whelan both said they have the utmost respect for Czygier and seek to continue his legacy and practices. “Surrogate’s Court is there to help families when they can’t really help themselves,” Whelan said. “It has to be fair.” Scully stressed the importance of having empathy in Surrogate’s Court. “It’s a sanctuary and it needs to be treated like that,” she said. “People there are dealing with extremely difficult issues.”

Family Court Judge Whelan vies for nod

Whelan, 56, a Wading River resident, said she is throwing her hat into the ring for the Democratic nomination because of her qualifications and experience. “I have the bench experience,” Whelan, a registered Democrat, said. “I thought that it was important that an actual Democrat represented the Democratic Party in this race.” The nominee took the bench in Suffolk County Family Court in 2008, before becoming the supervising judge in 2016. There, she hears primarily abuse and neglect cases. Her responsibilities include overseeing nine judges and seven support

Tara Scully and Theresa Whelan discuss their Democratic primary race, which takes place Sept. 13, during an exclusive interview at TBR News Media in Setauket Sept. 6.

magistrates in two courthouses. “I have assisted hundreds, if not thousands of children to be successfully reunited with their parents,” Whelan said. “And if that’s not possible, we try to find them another loving option.” Since 2009, Whelan has led Suffolk County’s Child Welfare Court Improvement Project, an initiative to address court practices when a child is removed from a parent’s care while trying to ensure their safety and well-being. The nominee said she is an active member of the Suffolk County Bar Association and often lectures for them. She co-chaired Suffolk’s Family Court & Matrimonial Law committee for three years and is a former president of the Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association. Whelan’s husband, Thomas, is also a judge, currently serving as a Suffolk County Supreme Court justice. Despite current calls for an end to party patronage, Whelan said the position she’s running for is not a tool to fix the political system. She hopes to win on her own merits. “I have support of statewide judges, the chief judge, the administrative judge, the bar association, etc. [in my roll on the Family Court],” the nominee said. “I stand here as my own candidate.”

Scully cites her experience in elder law

Scully, 41, of Setauket, said she’s seeking the Democratic nomination after calls by Newsday and other elected officials to challenge the patronage system affecting this and other judicial races. A registered Republican, she pointed to her years working in elder law as part of the experience she can bring to the Surrogate’s bench.

“I do recognize I have an uphill battle,” Scully said. “But I love the Surrogate’s Court, and I believe the sanctity of our courts has to be preserved.” Scully started her career working in the executive chamber of former New York State Gov. George Pataki (R), before serving as counsel in guardianship proceedings for the state’s Appellate Division’s Mental Hygiene Legal Service. Like Whelan, she also is a former president of the Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association. Scully began her Port Jefferson-based practice in 2011 focusing on elder law. She said she has extensive experience in estate planning and administration, asset protection and guardianship proceedings, all of which she said would be important knowledge for Surrogate’s Court. Like Whelan, Scully also has political connections in the family as her father, Peter Scully, has name recognition in Suffolk County. He previously served as the regional chief for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and currently works as one of the deputies of County Executive Steve Bellone (D). Tara Scully said she often provides free legal representation for needy seniors, veterans and those with disabilities. “I have a poor business sense in the amount of pro bono work I take on,” she said. In 2015, Scully ran for Brookhaven Town District Court judge where she said she saw firsthand the way party patronage has entwined itself with politics after turning down a crossendorsement deal. She lost by 173 votes. “I was so green I didn’t realize at the point that in many circumstances it was business as usual,” Scully said. “I think a lot of people were upset with

me that my gut reaction was revulsion.”

Political backstory

Although judges are expected to set aside their personal beliefs, politics has marred the race, though not necessarily thanks to the candidates themselves. Neither Whelan nor Scully were involved in this race as of early summer. Newsday reported earlier this year District Court Judge Marian Rose Tinari, who is married to Conservative Party chairman, Frank Tinari, and is a Conservative herself, had secured the Democratic Party line in the Surrogate’s Court race as a result of a deal with Suffolk Democratic Party chairman, Rich Schaffer, which was one of many similar deals between Suffolk party bosses. In June, Newsday ran an editorial in the form of a want ad, calling for a candidate “with a backbone to resist pressure from political bosses,” in response to the cross-endorsement of Tinari. Scully said she sprang into action as a result of the editorial to meet a tight deadline, and garnered enough signatures to run as both a Democrat and Republican. With a primary challenger stepping up to the plate, Tinari withdrew. Democrats then selected Whelan, who called herself a lifelong Democrat, as their candidate. Scully has argued her decision to enter the Democratic primary — despite being a registered Republican — has provided voters with a more transparent choice than if a Conservative had remained on the Democrat line. “I think the real point is six weeks ago, eight weeks ago, the Democrat candidate was a Conservative, and Democrats would go in and vote and not have any idea that the individual they’re voting for is not in line with their party philosophies,” Scully said. “Cross-endorsement deals are dictating who our judicial choices are, and the voter is unaware an individual without political backing, without a political upbringing or allegiance to political parties is never going to take the bench.” Whelan argued that voters are equally in the dark with a Republican in a Democratic primary. If she loses Thursday, there will be one name occupying both major party’s lines come November, as Scully has already been penciled onto the ballot by the Republican Party. Whelan joked when voters enter booths Sept. 13 they’ll simply be deciding between two Irish last names with little knowledge of the politics. She also took issue with Scully portraying herself as “standing up for Democratic principles” on her campaign site. “If I don’t win the primary, voters don’t have a choice, and I think that’s fair to say,” Whelan said. “I’m presenting myself as a Democratic Party member and the experienced judge, so that Tara and I can actually have a real election on Election Day, and I think that’s what she was trying to accomplish in the beginning.”



Smithtown remembers those who died in the 9/11 attacks then red roses and flowers were laid across the plaque engraved with their names at the September 11th Memorial Park located on the west side of Smithtown’s Main Street. Two wreaths made of olive leaf branches were placed alongside the memorial in symbolism of peace. List of names provided by the Town of Smithtown.

Ezra Aviles Jean Andrucki Paul Barbaro Lydia Bravo Peter Brennan Dennis Buckley Matthew J. Burke Donald Burns Thomas Butler Nicholas P. Chiofalo Scott Davidson Anthony Dionisio Patrick Dwyer Eric A. Eisenberg William Fallon Jeffrey Fox Kevin Frawley Peter Genco

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Town of Smithtown officials held a ceremony to honor those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks Tuesday afternoon. Smithtown’s officials bowed their heads in solemn remembrance of the 53 town residents who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks on the 17th anniversary. An interfaith prayer was held before a moment of silence,




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Remembering grandparents on their special day BY RITA J. EGAN RITA@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM For 40 years grandparents have had a day of recognition all their own, and rightfully so. Many grandparents play an essential role in the lives of their grandchildren, even at times helping to raise them. President Jimmy Carter signed a proclamation in 1978 making the Sunday after Labor Day National Grandparent’s Day. Recently, a few friends and I were commenting on a Facebook thread about the importance of grandmothers and grandfathers in our lives. There were commenters who spent many weekends, holidays or summer vacations with them, or like me, actually lived with their grandparents. I moved in with my grandparents, Hannah and Charlie Zimmerman, in Smithtown after my parents’ separation when I was in fourth grade. It was a bit of a bumpy ride at times. The writer’s grandparents during a Thanksgiving family Having people raise me who grew up two gen- get-together circa 1980. erations before was a little tricky. There were a lot of things they wouldn’t let me do that other Guy Lombardo and his orchestra playing in kids were allowed to because my grandparents the background, and even a few nights singing didn’t get it. For one, I missed out on a lot of along with Mitch Miller and the Gang. My grandparents’ house pajama parties because they was also where my creative didn’t understand the whole side was nurtured. After my sleeping over someone else’s grandfather retired as a sheet house when I had a bed and a metal worker from the Brookhome of my own. lyn Navy Yard, he took up oil Despite living with that painting. I remember watchand other old-fashioned rules, ing him at his easel, and I still I learned a lot from my grandhave a few of his creations, parents. They were young including one he started when adults during the Great I first moved in. He would sit Depression, and I heard firstwith me and help me with my hand accounts about the era, school projects and taught me which gave me a different how to draw houses, trees and perspective on finances when faces. While my creative talI experienced a couple of Rita J. Egan ents may have developed in recessions or tight financial another way through writing, I times of my own. don’t doubt for a second that I also would go with my grandparents to visit great-aunts and great-un- being able to think creatively through drawing cles and second cousins — people I may not helped with my craft. I lost my grandfather when I was 18 and my have met if I lived with my parents. In doing so and hearing my grandparents’ stories of their grandmother when I was 22. Despite that being defamilies, it left me with a deeper appreciation cades ago, I still find myself many times in life saying, “Grandma was right about this,” or “Grandpa for my ancestors. Then, of course, there were the differences was right about that,” though I would shake my in our preferred styles of music, which in lat- head at some of the advice when I was younger. Many years later, I’m glad their advice and er years has only enhanced my knowledge of songs from a wide array of eras. There were the memories live on. So, thank you to them plenty of Sundays watching “The Lawrence and all the grandparents who make a difference Welk Show,” many New Year’s Eves with in the lives of children.

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Letters to the editor

Informed electorate a must

This November, voters in the 1st U.S. Congressional District will have a clear choice of who should be their representative. I’m sure supporters of both candidates agree that what matters most in this election are the issues. That’s why it’s so important that voters get to see debates, where both Lee Zeldin (R) and Perry Gershon (D) have a fair chance to explain their positions and respond to each other. Gershon has accepted nine invitations from outside groups to debate Zeldin. Unfortunately for voters Zeldin has demurred, refusing so far to agree to even a single debate. Maybe this shouldn’t surprise us. During this term of U.S. Congress, Zeldin refused to hold even a single traditional open town hall with his constituents. He loves to appear on TV, but it seems he can’t stand being questioned live in a local forum he does not tightly control. On Aug. 27, Gershon sat next to an


When voters head to booths Thursday to participate in several statewide primaries, it is unlikely that the race for a judicial seat presiding over Suffolk County’s Surrogate’s Court will be at the top of their minds. We understand. The governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general races are likely what will drive primary voters to the polls, and deservedly so, as those are high-profile positions with juicy political implications for those who track things like the shifting nuclei of both parties. So for those who haven’t paid close attention to what’s going on in a judicial race for a court most people probably never heard of, there’s a few things we think voters should know. Tara Scully and Theresa Whelan are set to square off in the Democratic primary Sept. 13. Scully, a registered Republican, has already gotten the nod to secure that party line in the general election, meaning if she wins the Democratic primary, her name will appear next to both major political parties come November. Whelan, on the other hand, is an actual Democrat, though Newsday has reported that based on a deal cut by party bosses, if she wins the primary she’ll also be granted the Conservative Party line in the general election. Have we lost you yet? To summarize, on November’s general election ballot either a Republican will have both major lines or a Democrat will be listed as both a Democrat and a Conservative. To try to get to the bottom of this mess, we invited the candidates in for a discussion with the TBR News Media editorial staff Sept. 6. While we are not endorsing a candidate, we have some thoughts we’d like to share anyway. We admire what Scully did — stepping up and answering a call for a candidate unshackled by predetermined deals. She was able to earn enough petition signatures in a short window of time to run on both major party lines. However, if the result is she is representing both Democrats and Republicans on the ballot in November, it’s difficult to argue that voters still have a fair choice. And while Whelan is a Democrat seeking a nod from her own party, rewarding backroom dealing designed to circumvent the will of voters is not a practice that should be encouraged either. Having said all of that, after being in a room with the candidates for an hour, a few things became very clear. Both candidates are running with their hearts in the right place. They each expressed a desire to preside over a court that requires a touch of empathy and compassion, with fairness being of the utmost importance and politics divorced from the job. We also love to see political races featuring two accomplished and qualified women. Each has served as president of the Women’s Bar Association in addition to a litany of other impressive resume lines. Both seem to realize as well that they are essentially — no pun intended — surrogates having the political baggage marring this race imposed upon them. The discussion was respectful, truthful and honest, and each expressed that she had nothing bad to say about the other personally. Regardless of the outcome of this race, we hope what voters glean from it is yet another reminder that citizen vigilance is not just important for a healthy democracy, but in reality, it’s the only thing keeping it alive. Research candidates. Figure out what these people stand for before you enter a voting booth or be prepared to live with the consequences. Letters … We welcome your letters. They should be no longer than 400 words and may be edited for length, libel, style and good taste. We do not publish anonymous letters. Please include a phone number and address for confirmation. Email letters to or mail them to The Times of Smithtown, P.O. Box 707, Setauket, NY 11733.

Let the congressional debates begin empty chair at an event held at Hamptons United Methodist Church in Southampton organized by various East End houses of worship. Zeldin was invited, but didn’t show. The theme that evening was the ethical and moral dimensions of government. Even though the candidates were asked only to respond to written questions submitted in advance, Zeldin complained that this church event wasn’t “a fair and balanced forum.” Another event featuring both candidates, scheduled for Sept. 15 at the Peconic River Sportsman’s Club, a venue Zeldin no doubt considered more “fair and balanced,” was abruptly canceled when it became clear that a sizable number of Gershon supporters would show up. Apparently Zeldin does not want to appear in a debate facing an opponent in front of a live audience. He only wants to appear where he sets all the rules himself. But don’t the voters of the 1st Congressional

District have a right to see what each candidate has to say in a setting not stacked just to make them look good? Gershon is more than happy to debate the issues. He’s willing to take his chances with the voters of the 1st Congressional District based on his positions on issues such as health care, stagnant wages, the 21st-century economy, and clean air and water. It seems Zeldin wants anything but that.Instead, he wants this campaign to be about bumper-sticker slogans and personal attacks on his opponent. That kind of campaign is really an insult to the intelligence of the voters of the 1st Congressional District. C’mon congressman! If your record and your votes in Congress are as great as you claim, surely you should be eager to defend them in a fair debate. What are you so afraid of? David Friedman St. James

Threats of school violence are ‘no joke’ Over the past few years law enforcement and education officials have been dealing with a significant increase in the number of reported school threats. While some of these reports are the result of the heightened sensitivity in the school community, many more are the result of pranks and disruptive behavior. Until the source and nature of such reports can be determined, each incident is given high priority. The initial response and follow-up investigations require significant investments in terms of police resources, and the educational institution’s operations are subject to significant disruption.

The purpose of this letter is to remind students, parents and the community at large of the gravity of this situation. Statements or remarks that appear to be threatening to a school, students or staff members will be handled in the same manner that comments about bombs and explosions are dealt with at our airports. In other words, with “zero tolerance.” The fact that the threat was made as some sort of prank or joke will not protect the responsible individual(s). Statements made aloud, in written material, in graffiti, posted on any kind of so-

cial media platform, transmitted electronically over the phone, fax, email, etc. about firearms, shootings, explosives, bombs or any other threat, will result in a swift and comprehensive investigation. When appropriate, the individuals responsible for these threats will be arrested and prosecuted in criminal court. Don’t joke around with your future. Robert Brown Chief of Patrol Suffolk County Police Dept.

Vote Zeldin out for position on guns Lee Zeldin, our representative in the U.S. Congress, is too extreme to represent our voting district. Perhaps most illustrative of this point, he co-sponsored the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which would allow people to carry concealed weapons in New York if they have the right to carry concealed firearms in another state. But most other states require little to no demonstration of proficiency with a handgun or psychological well-being in order to receive a concealed carry permit.

The Violence Policy Center has documented that since May 2007 more than 1,200 people have died at the hands of persons who held concealed carry permits. These incidents include 31 mass shootings and the killing of 21 law enforcement officers. Concealed carry holders who committed fatal shootings have documented histories of domestic abuse, substance misuse and suicidal behavior. So Congressman Zeldin wants these concealed carry holders from other states,

some of whom have violent histories, to be able to come to New York with a concealed firearm. No thank you. This act passed the U.S. House but thankfully our more sensible U.S. Senators have not taken up this legislation. We may not be as lucky next time. Before you cast a vote for Lee Zeldin, please consider the impacts of this dangerous legislation. Jaymie Meliker Port Jefferson

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School is open, drive carefully


didn’t see a horrifying and preventable accident this morning. I didn’t see a little girl, let’s call her Erica, on her way to her first week of school. Erica, who, in our story, is 10 years old, wants to be a veterinarian, and has pictures of animals all over her room. She begged her parents so long for a kitten that they relented. They saw how well she took D. None care of the kitten, putting drops of the above in her eyes when BY DANIEL DUNAIEF she needed them, making sure she got the correct shots and even holding her kitten in the office when they

had to draw blood to test for feline leukemia, which, fortunately, her kitten didn’t have. Two years after she got her kitten, Erica continued to ask for additional animals, adding a fish, a rabbit and a hamster to her collection. Each morning, Erica wakes up and checks on all the animals in her little zoo, well, that’s what her father calls it, to see how they’re doing. Her mother is convinced that the animals respond to her voice, moving closer to the edge of the cage or to the door when they hear her coming. When mother leaves to pick up Erica from school, the animals become restless. I didn’t see Erica walking with her best friend Jenna. Like Erica, Jenna has a dream. She wants to pitch for the United States in softball in the Olympics. Jenna is much taller than her best friend and has an incredible arm. Jenna hopes the Olympics decides to have softball when she’s old enough and strong enough to play. Jenna thinks bringing a gold

medal to her father, who is in the Marines and has traveled the world protecting other people, would be the greatest accomplishment she could ever achieve. I didn’t see a man, whom I’ll call Bob and who lives only four blocks from Erica and Jenna, put on his carefully pressed light-blue shirt with the matching tie that morning. I didn’t witness him kissing his wife Alicia, the way he does every morning before he rushes off to his important job. I didn’t see him climb into his sleek SUV and back quickly out of his driveway on the dead-end block he and Alicia chose more than a dozen years earlier. I didn’t see Bob get the first indication from his iPhone 7 that he had several messages. I didn’t witness Bob rolling his eyes at the first few messages. I didn’t see him drive quickly toward the crosswalk where Erica and Jenna were walking. The girls had slowed down in the crosswalk because Jenna pointed out a deer she could see across the street in a backyard.

Jenna knew Erica kept an animal diary and she was always on the lookout for anything her friend could include in her cherished book. I didn’t see Bob — his attention diverted by a phone he had to extend to see clearly — roll too quickly into the crosswalk, sending both girls flying. I didn’t see the ambulances racing to the scene, the parents with heavy hearts getting the unimaginable phone calls, and the doctors doing everything they could to fix Jenna’s battered right arm — her pitching arm. I didn’t see it because it didn’t happen. What I did see, however, was a man in an SUV, driving way too quickly through a crosswalk, staring at his phone instead of looking out for Erica, Jenna and everyone else’s children on his way to work. It’s an old message that we should repeat every year: “School is open, drive carefully.” This Column is reprinted from September 14, 2017 issue.

A TBR News Media holiday treat, all are welcome


hen we have visitors, we like to show off our neighborhoods. We take our guests to the beaches to admire the beautiful shoreline and we bring them to our villages to enjoy restaurants and shops. But some stores have been forced to close largely because so much shopping now takes place on the internet. The owners and managers of stores that remain have learned that they must do more Between than in the past to you and me attract customers. That is true of BY LEAH S. DUNAIEF malls, department stores and especially smaller retail shops. To compete with the convenient internet, they have to offer an appealing experience for the consumer to visit them.

We are proud of our downtowns and want to publicize their efforts to attract business, especially for their best season before the holidays. To provide a local shopping event and a fun experience, we have arranged a private holiday treat at the Bates House opposite the Emma Clark Library in Setauket. Hometown stores and services from Huntington, Cold Spring Harbor, Northport, Smithtown, St. James, Stony Brook, Setauket-East Setauket, Port Jefferson, Port Jefferson Station, Mount Sinai, Miller Place, Rocky Point, Sound Beach, Shoreham, Wading River, Centereach, Selden and Lake Grove will feature their offerings at this charming venue for our local residents. Those who come out to enjoy this showcase will find a discount of 20 percent for some products and services. Shoppers will be exposed to neighbors and friends as they sample community gatherings. Business owners will look to demonstrate what’s new

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for the holidays, from products or services to gift certificates and one-time discounts. To make the occasion more delightful,



there will be dessert bites from Elegant Eating and prosecco wine provided by TBR News Media/Times Beacon Record as a treat for shoppers, who will attend free. Those businesses who are participating will enjoy a discounted rate at the gala in addition to their advertising in our holiday book, “Time for Giving.” They will also have advertising on our internet website and social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Furthermore, we will have spot interviews with each exhibitor and streaming live video throughout the event on Facebook on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 5:30-8:30 pm. For further information, please turn to the large ad in our Arts & Lifestyles section in the center of the newspapers. also see our website and social media. We will be proud to feature our private holiday shopping experience and hope you will, too. Please join us.





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