Huntington Democrats Sweep Legislative Races

All three Huntington Democrats serving in the Suffolk County Legislature were re-elected Tuesday night. 

Susan Berland defeated Hector Gavilla for the second time in the 16th District, 6,501-5,559, while Tom Donnelly defeated newcomer Rebecca Lonardo,  8,038-4,534, in the 17th and Dr. William Spencer beat Garrett Chelius in the 18th, 11,998-6,599.

The Berland-Gavilla campaign took some particularly ugly turns, with Gavilla accusing Berland’s husband, Sandy, of assaulting him after a contentious candidates night presentation. Berland, her family and others denied the accusation, saying Gavilla charged at them and cursed Berland.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone defeated Republican challenger John Kennedy, 55% to 43%. Bellone will serve his third and final term because of term limits.

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