11/14/13 8:45pm
11/14/2013 8:45 PM

RESULTS: Mike Ryan was elected to the Mattituck Parks District Thursday evening. He received 189 votes to 79 cast for his opponent, John Cleary.

PREVIEW: Voters who live within the Mattituck Parks District will be asked to elect a new commissioner Thursday, as two candidates are running for the seat being left vacant by outgoing commissioner Nicholas Deegan.

Mr. Deegan, who was re-elected last year to a one-year term on the three-member board said in a letter to The Suffolk Times this week that he is not seeking re-election due to “family obligations.”

“It’s been an honor and a privilege to have served the residents of the Mattituck Park District for the past six years,” he said. “I will always be grateful for the opportunity to have done so.”

Running for the seat are Mattituck residents Mike Ryan and John Cleary.

Mr. Ryan, 52, is a founder of North Fork Beach Volleyball and a Mattituck-Cutchogue Little League board member. The 20-year Matituck resident is seeking election to the board for the second time in as many years after launching a write-in campaign against Mr. Deegan last year, losing by just 23 votes — 164 to 141.

Mr. Ryan, a machinery salesman, said that as a dad whose kids play soccer in the community, he’s grown “frustrated as a parent and a taxpayer” when it comes to parks management.

“My kids can’t play home games here because of politics,” he said.

Mr. Cleary, 70, said he was approached to run by Mr. Deegan because he has developed a reputation as someone who is “apolitical and speaks up for the people.” Specifically, Mr. Cleary, a retired financial services businessman who also worked for Nassau County government and the U.S. Treasury Department, has been an outspoken critic of the town and county regarding waterfront property lines and public beach access.

The 12-year Mattituck resident said he is looking forward to learning the business of the parks district and addressing the concerns of residents.

“There’s a lot of parks district land in our community and a lot of people using the parks,” he said. “I want to hear from them.”

The election will be held Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Mattituck Parks District office at Veterans Memorial Park. Voting is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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11/21/12 11:44am
11/21/2012 11:44 AM

TIM KELLY PHOTO | Nick Deegan with then county executive candidate Steve Bellone in April 2011.

Officially, he was running unopposed to regain the Mattituck Parks District commissioner’s seat he was stripped of in August. Nicholas Deegan did regain a position on the three-member board in Tuesday’s election, but a write-in candidate came close to preventing that.

Mr. Deegan won a one-year term with 164 votes, but that’s only 23  higher than the 141 votes Mike Ryan, who runs a summer beach volleyball program, received as a write-in candidate.

After running unsuccessfully earlier this month as the Democratic candidate for the First Assembly District, Mr. Deegan ends a brief hiatus from the parks board that began when he was declared unable to serve because he failed to take the oath of office after his last election victory in 2010.

This week he was elected to complete his original term and will be up for reelection a year from now.

In the race for the three-year commissioner’s seat that had been held by Charles Zaloom, who did not seek reelection, parks district volunteer Russell Williamson defeated Suffolk County Community College science professor George Lomaga, 166 to 143.

Running without opposition, Shelley Maddaloni was elected parks district treasurer.

11/20/12 2:47pm
11/20/2012 2:47 PM

Three candidates are running for two seats on the Mattituck Park District board in an election today, Tuesday, Nov. 20.

Voting hours are from 4 to 8 p.m. at the park district office at Veterans Memorial Park on Peconic Bay Boulevard.

Commissioner Charles Zaloom is not seeking re-election. George Lomaga, a science professor at Suffolk County Community College, and retired contractor Russell Williamson, a longtime park district volunteer, are vying for Mr. Zaloom’s seat, a three-year term.

The second seat was held by Nicholas Deegan, who had been a commissioner since 2008. But he was removed in August for failing to take the oath of office at the beginning of his second term. Mr. Deegan has been attending meetings since as a member of the public and is running to complete the remaining year of his term.