Nicole Fuentes, Mariana Dominguez & Sam Desmond contributed to this story.
As far as election nights go, this was a comparably quiet one for Suffolk County Democrats, who gathered to watch results and celebrate victories at IBEW Local 25 in Hauppauge; however, victories were few and far between as Republicans swept the county for several key seats.
Most notably, they lost control of the Suffolk County Legislature, unseating the Democratic majority leader Rob Calarco and taking control of the 18-seat body.
Late Tuesday night, Suffolk County Democratic Party chairman Rich Schaefer took to the stage to first announce that Errol Toulon Jr. had won his race with just over 54 percent of the vote, 141,931 votes, against William Amato for Suffolk County sheriff, who garnered 45 percent of the vote with 119,357 votes.
“It’s no secret watching the numbers that there’s a lot going on in the county right now,” said Schaefer.
A few moments later Schaefer was back on the stage, trailed by a dozen candidates who had won and lost races throughout the county.
“As you know, sometimes there are things that are beyond your control, and this was Exhibit A for things that were beyond your control,” he said.
Schaefer first announced Suffolk County presiding officer Rob Calarco’s upset against Dominick Thorne. Calarco was defeated with 45 percent of the vote, 5.627 votes, to Thorne, who took 54 percent with 6,611 votes, for the District 7. This would have been Calarco’s final term as legislator after serving a total of 10 years in the seat.
“I want to recognize a young man who is not done, even though he may be done as a result of the results that have come in in his district in Brookhaven. But you have not heard the last of him,” said Schaefer. “Everyone will tell you, even the Republicans will tell you, he did a damn good job as a presiding officer.”
Calarco spoke about the upset and took time to reminisce on some of his accomplishments from his time in office.
“Sometimes you don’t know how the results are going to play out, and sometimes you get caught up in a national movement, as happened tonight. But I have a lot to be proud of standing here with my colleagues looking at what we’ve accomplished for Suffolk County,” he said.
In the newly redistricted Town of Islip council seat for District 1, Democrat Jorge Guadrón defeated Manny Troche. Guadrón received 2,569 votes for 64 percent of the vote while Troche received 1439 votes.
“There are no words,” Guadrón said of his win. “It is hard to explain the emotions I have at this moment, that after 337 years of the town of Islip we are electing a minority member to the board of the town of Islip.”
Asked about the road it took to get to his election night win, Guadrón humbly spoke of his team and family, who not only helped him in his campaign, but also motivated it.
“It takes a lot of work, dedication, and to have a great team to make this possible. Especially family.
He continued, “One of the main subjects that made me get involved is the exodus of millennials on Long Island. I am a father of five and grandfather of nine, but none of them live with me. Like everybody else, there is a lack of job opportunities and housing opportunities to stay here.”
Incumbent Steve Flotteron of the 11th Legislative District defeated Democratic challenger Astrid Fidelia with almost 72 percent of the vote for his third term
Trish Bergin, who currently sits on the Islip Town Council, defeated Carla Simpson with 67 percent of the vote for the 10th Legislative District.
Trish Bergin, a current councilwoman for Town of Islip, won in a wide margin against Carla Simpson for Suffolk County Legislature 10th district: Bergin had gained 7,260 votes, or 67.07 percent, compared to Fidelia's 3,559, or 32.88 percent.
“Without our chairpeople running these organizations, these would be very difficult races… we took this election and I am so proud to be here tonight with all of you,” said Bergin.
The race Tim Sini ran for Suffolk County district attorney was yet unannounced by 12:30 Wednesday morning. Results eventually came in at 57 percent for the Republican candidate Ray Tierney with 153,808 votes to Sini’s 42 percent, 114,514 votes.
The full unofficial results of Tuesday’s election can be found on the Suffolk County Board of Elections website.
DISCLAIMER: All vote tallies are not final counts and based off the initially released unofficial votes. Absentee ballots are still to be counted and announced.
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