Supervisor Hopeful: 'We Need to Repair Our Town Board'

Angela Devito said she will seek the nomination for supervisor because she is a concensus builder.

Angela Devito has worn a number of hats around Riverhead, but now she's seeking a run for the town supervisor's seat.

DeVito, who will seek the Democratic nomination in the next election, is a member of the Jamesport-South Jamesport Civic Association, has served on the Riverhead Board of Education, including a stint as president, and sits on the Riverhead Democratic Comittee.

She decided to run for a wide range of reasons, DeVito said. "I believe I have the qualifications of a lifetime of working in the public sector." She added that she knows a great deal about public sector budgets and finances.

In addition, DeVito said she is a consensus builder. "I really am very good at building coaltiions and bringing peope in on what is common ground, as opposed to being at odds with each other. We need to repair our town board -- and I can help accomplish that." 

Issues DeVito believes need a hard look include taxing downtown, which makes it hard for small businesses to take root."One comes in, another goes out, like the ebb and flow of the tide," she said.

A recent discussion about parking downtown, DeVito said, prompted the question of why parking issues were not vetted years earlier, when the board was visioning how downtown Riverhead would look one day.

Finally, Devito said discussions need to be held about the town's sewer district -- and said many of the conversations should have been had sooner than later.

"I'm not sure if it’s not having the knowledge or looking at something from a different perspective and imagining all of the outcomes," she said. "You have to think about all of those things. I don't see a lot of common sense in town government. I see a lot of bickering. We have to get past that."

And, DeVito said, candidates should not be chosen "because they're popular faces and good guys. They should have good skills."

What do you think about Angela DeVito running for supervisor? Tell us in the comments section.

Robert L. Olson March 31, 2013 at 01:51 PM
I believe that Ms. Devito is a very formidable candidate. Local elections will be especially exciting this year.
charles rimicci March 31, 2013 at 04:49 PM
interesting does she mean having sewers instead of cesspools that would be a great idea they all talk a good line before election time but when push comes to shove nothing happens
MYVOTECOUNTS March 31, 2013 at 08:10 PM
Big dreams Ms. Devito but how are we to trust you when #1 in my and many others opinion you QUIT on your community when you resigned your position when on the school board #2 you were a part of a board that neglected our school buildings to the point of them starting to crumble and the safety of our children was compromised #3 sat on the school board all the time keeping your mouth closed and by doing such allowed the school board to run ILLEGAL meetings and do other ILLEGAL things behind closed doors in direct violation to the open meetings law? While I know and agree that our current town board needs fixing, I have serious doubts that you have what it takes to fix it! I have heard enough excuses from yourself and others about your so called reasons for your lack of due dilegence. We need someone to take 100% responsibility for their actions who is willing to give it everything they have to right the ship! Is that person you? I have serious reservations!!!!!
Jerry Bilinski March 31, 2013 at 11:49 PM
I have great confidence in Ms. Devito's ability to serve as the Supervisor. She has enormous abilities in the area of organizing and getting the job done. I plan to support her and plan to volunteer for her campaign providing that she will accept my assistance. Jerry Bilinski, Riverhead
charles rimicci April 01, 2013 at 10:46 AM
interesting never new that thanks
blindedbythelight April 01, 2013 at 10:59 AM
Jerry did you read MYVOTECOUNTS comment? Angela resigned from the school board and was a board member that allowed the school buildings to deteriorate. If that's your idea for getting the job done we are in big trouble. I think she has some nerve to attempt a run at Supervisor with that kind of track record! She won't get my family's,friends, and neighbors vote.
Elaine Burns August 17, 2013 at 03:12 PM
I am impressed by the quality of Angela's experience. I had met her and worked with her in 2012 and liked the way she approached tasks. It is only recently that I learned about the extensive experience she has had in public service. The variety of challenges she has handled is really impressive. All that I have learned confirmed my early impressions of her skills and attitude.


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