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Background: Fortunato, 57, of the hamlet of Smithtown, is seeking her first term in public office after an unsuccessful run for town council in 2017. Fortunato is also running on the Women's Equality and Working Families party lines. She worked in marketing and facilities management at Citibank from 1985 to 1992 and since 2009 has worked with young adults at New York Philadelphia Presbyterian Church in Port Washington, where she is now English ministries pastor. She graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology with a bachelor's degree in marketing in 1988 and from New York Theological Seminary with a master of divinity degree in 2008. She is married with three adult children.
Issues: Fortunato said she would increase public involvement in capital planning and town projects by holding more workshops and conducting public meetings in larger venues. She said she would take direct steps toward downtown revitalization: "It doesn't take $2 million to run the street sweeper down through the business district on a regular basis and empty the garbage cans." She proposed that town council switch to districts, instead of the current at-large system, to increase council members' accountability to residents. She also proposed a "business analysis of the value of our town owning and operating the animal shelter." The current town council has solicited proposals for private management of that facility.
Background: Lohmann, 61, of Smithtown, ran unsuccessfully for town council in 2017, but was appointed to the council in January to fill the vacancy created when Edward Wehrheim became Town Supervisor. He is also running on the Conservative and Independence party lines. Lohmann is a former investigator with the Suffolk County District Attorney's office and current part-time police officer with the Head of the Harbor Village Police Department. He served 20 years with the NYPD, retiring as a detective in 2002, and later served as regional director for the National Insurance Crime Bureau, a position he left in 2013. He graduated from Suffolk County Community College with an associate degree in criminal justice. He is married with three children.
Issues: Lohmann said he would focus on implementing the town's comprehensive plan now being written by an outside consultant. Community input through public meetings, surveys and an advisory board will be integral to the plan's development, he said. Lohmann, the council's liaison for the Parks Department, said he would guide planned work at the Smithtown Landing Country Club clubhouse and on town ballfields. He said he would explore an idea to add housing in the Hauppauge Industrial Park to help area companies attract workers. He also said he would build his relationship with the Suffolk County Police Department, whose officers work with town Public Safety officers on special events and issues like underage alcohol and tobacco sales. Under a program he initiated this year, Suffolk police also make monthly reports at council meetings.