Orlando withdraws from Republican ticket

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04/04/2011 9:37 PM |

TIM KELLY PHOTO | Councilman Vinny Orlando addressing the Southold GOP committee Monday night.

Monday night’s Southold Republican convention wasn’t so cut and dried after all.

Incumbent Councilman Vincent Orlando, who four years ago ran on the team that restored the GOP’s Town Board supremacy, surprised party members by announcing that he will not seek a second term.

“I came to a crossroad,” Mr. Orlando, a Southold resident, told party members during a brief address at the American Legion hall in Southold. “It’s a family decision and it didn’t come easy.”
Mr. Orlando and his wife, Tracy, have two daughters.

Town GOP leader Denis Noncarrow said he learned of Mr. Orlando’s decision on Saturday. He said he was surprised, but not shocked.

“He has a family and that covers it,” Mr. Noncarrow said. “When he first campaigned he said he’d probably only go for four years. We figured he might do more after he got in.”

Town Trustee Bob Ghosio made his first run for public office on the ticket with Mr. Orlando in 2007.

“It saddens me, it really does,” he said. “Vinny has been a great public servant for the town.”

Mr. Noncarrow said several potential candidates have expressed an interest in running in Mr. Orlando’s place and the party will reconvene next month to fill the slot.

As expected, the party renominated the other seven Republican incumbents on this year’s ballot, including Supervisor Scott Russell and Councilman Bill Ruland.

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  • Councilman Vincent Orlando is probably the best listener of the entire Town Board. Is there any hope that the Republicans will try to replace Orlando with with someone else who approaches issues, and considers opinions, without predisposition?

  • Benja, will you please run? I understand that you do not want to be a politician, but seeing as 2/3 of any town board meeting consists of you asking pertinent questions, and the fact that you have a unique perspective on how to best run our government, I think you will be a perfect fit for the job. Plus, you always approach issues and consider the opinions of others, without any prejudgments.

    Please Benja, consider it. You would be a shining star in the next election.

  • Too bad. Vinny is an honest, no double-speak councilman. Not surprising though. Scott has had in for him and trashed him behind his back from day one. Guess he just got tired of it. He isn’t the career politician or media monger that Scott is. Just a nice guy with a big heart a a lots of common sense.
    ALL THE BEST VINNY !

  • Vinny reconsider please. I think you are a people politician, you listen and get things done.
    If you won’t reconsider (and I hope, hope you will) please consider backing Albie DeKerrillis.
    He is not a great public speaker but we do not need words just action and I have worked with him–he will WORK for the Town like you do.

  • Vinny reconsider please. I think you are a people politician, you listen and get things done.
    If you won’t reconsider (and I hope, hope you will) please consider backing Albie DeKerrillis.
    He is not a great public speaker but we do not need words just action and I have worked with him–he will WORK for the Town like you do.

  • Here’s the saddest part of the whole thing… The ZBA secretary now doesn’t have her man to protect her from the backlash that will ensue when her “permit expediting” business is uncovered. Oh… that’s right, she has another GOP member in her pocket now. Open your eyes people… there is a lot of dirty stuff going on!!!

  • Is this the person you are talking about? http://www.linkedin.com/pub/vicki-toth/7/549/214

    Seems like a conflict of interest to me. Wow.