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Northport Village Board candidates turn in petitions, receive spot on ballot

Village by: Chrissy Ruggeri, February 12, 2022

The Northport Village Board race has officially begun. Petitions were due this past Tuesday, February 8, and positions on the ballot randomly assigned yesterday morning. Candidates now have a little more than one month to campaign for a win. There’s a total of four seats open on the board and seven candidates.

Below is a breakdown of each seat and the candidates running for that position. Candidates are listed in the order they will appear on the March 15 ballot. The Northport Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a Meet the Candidates Night on Tuesday, March 8 at the American Legion in Northport. More details and coverage to follow.

Candidates for Mayor, 4-year term

Donna Koch
Donna Koch worked as the Northport Village clerk for 25 years before resigning in 2020. She also served as a Village crossing guard. Koch was born and raised in the Village and decided, after entering retirement in fall of 2020, that she’d be running for mayor to put her many years of local government experience to work.

Dave Weber, Jr.
Dave Weber is currently serving as a Northport Village trustee. He serves as the Commissioner of Public Works, Highway and Waste Water Management. If he is elected mayor, he will have the opportunity to appoint a Village resident to fill his trustee seat. Weber, who was raised in Northport Village, is also the owner of Seymour’s Boatyard on Bayview Avenue, where he has served as the General Manager for the last 26 years. He’s also a volunteer at the Northport Fire Department.

Candidates for Trustee, 4-year term
Two seats available

James Izzo
James Izzo is the owner of Cow Harbor Realty on Main Street in Northport Village. He works as a real estate broker and owns several commercial buildings in the Village, including the properties that are occupied by Jewelry Collection and Hydrangea Home. He served as the Northport Chamber of Commerce president until 2019 and is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Northport. Prior to opening Cow Harbor Realty, Izzo owned Modern Food Center, a grocery store on Arthur Avenue in Bronx, New York.

Meghan Dolan
Meghan Dolan is an attorney with thirteen years of experience representing Long Island municipalities, businesses and individuals in state and federal courts. She’s a former prosecutor and member of law enforcement who served as the Assistant District Attorney for Nassau County, with degrees from Harvard University and St. John’s University School of Law. Dolan moved to Northport Village with her husband nine years ago. She has three school-aged children and volunteers as a youth soccer coach.

Joseph Sabia
This will be Joseph Sabia’s fourth run for Northport Village Board, with the last attempt being as a write-in candidate in 2020. He has owned Sabia Car Care on Fort Salonga Road since 1977, served as a member of the Northport Police Department and was on the Northport-East Northport school board from 2011 to 2014.

Candidates for Trustee, 2-year term
One seat available

Michael Bento
Michael Bento settled down in Northport with his wife in 2017, first as renters and now homeowners. Before moving to Northport permanently, he spent summers in Asharoken until 2014. In 2017, he finished his Masters in History, with a focus on public policy and legal history. After graduating, he worked in compliance for Barclays and Morgan Stanley. Today, he’s working towards his Series 65 license to become a licensed investment advisor and trades a family office portfolio.

Ernest Pucillo
Ernest Pucillo worked for the MTA Police Department for over 37 years and was the Deputy Chief of Police and Commanding Officer of the Eastern/Southern Region. He achieved a Masters degree in Public Administration from Marist College in 2014 and works as an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice Department at SUNY Farmingdale.

The Northport Village election is on Tuesday, March 15, 2022. Absentee ballots are available online or at the Village Clerk's office.