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Q: What has been the hardest part of operating through the pandemic? A: “The No. 1 thing has obviously been being closed, particularly in a small town, small village like Bellport …

Q: What was your first thought when COVID-19 shutdown our community? A: “Of course the first reaction is, like everybody else, the fear of getting it. And then your mind starts saying, …

Q: What has been the hardest part of operating through the pandemic? A: “The first part... having to stay afloat with being takeout only. It’s extremely difficult to not have …

Q: What has been the hardest part of operating through the pandemic? A: “We’re typically a very hands-on company, so we deal with our customers hands-on... so typically we’re …

Q: What was your first thought when COVID-19 shutdown our community? A: “Shock. I have to admit I was one of the many who weren’t taking it as seriously... ‘Oh, it’s no …

“It’s been frustrating being closed. We want to be here and want to do what we do best, which is entertaining the community,” she said, saddened by the state’s …

“The hardest part of being closed by COVID-19 [was] we didn’t really have a large forewarning to be able to stop some of our orders and think a little differently about business. It …

“The hardest part is keeping everybody safe and trying to calm everybody down,” Jones said of continuing to serve the com- munity during a pandemic. “We needed to make sure we …

At the head of the Village of Patchogue is mayor Paul Pontieri, who is seeking a fifth term after having served for over 20 years as Patchogue’s longest-running mayor. Pontieri was first …

Mayor Ray Fell and his wife, Debbie, have lived in Bellport Village for 40 years. Fell is a member of the Bellport Country Club, also serving as a member and the chairperson of the Golf and …

Q: Could you have ever imagined conducting government the way you have had to? Were protocols in place for this or was it on-the-fly decisions? A: “I have never seen anything like this …

Neil Foley was elected to the Brookhaven Town Board in a 2014 special election. He previously served on the town’s zoning board. Foley has also had leadership roles with the …

Dan Panico currently serves as District 6 councilman and deputy supervisor for the Town of Brookhaven. Panico was elected to the town board in a special election in 2010, following the death of …

Councilman Michael Loguercio was elected to represent the 4th District on the Brookhaven Town Board first in 2015 and then in 2017 and 2019. He has over 40 years of experience as an insurance …

Rob Calarco was elected to office in November 2011. In 2014, he was selected by his caucus to be the majority leader of the Suffolk County Legislature and in 2016 was elected in a bipartisan vote …

Rudy Sunderman has served in the Suffolk County Legislature for three years. He grew up in Mastic and currently lives there with his family. Beginning his career in the fire service, he climbed …

Steve Bellone was sworn into office as Suffolk County executive in 2012. He is the eighth county executive in county history and previously served as Babylon Town supervisor from 2001-2011. …

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