Domino wins special election for Town Trustee

BETH YOUNG PHOTO | A poster board at Front Street Station in Greenport, where Southold Town Democrats were keeping count of local elections Tuesday night.

Nearly a year after he was appointed to the Southold Town Board of Trustees, Mike Domino has been elected to serve another year.

Mr. Domino of Southold secured 59 percent of the vote over Democratic challenger Jeri Woodhouse of Orient. He received 5,826 votes to Ms. Woodhouse’s 4,083.

Mr. Domino, who was appointed to the seat in January, will serve the year remaining on former Trustee Jill Doherty’s term. She left the Trustees after a winning a seat on the Town Board last November.

Mr. Domino is a retired high school science teacher who owns a deli in Greenport. He also served as president of the North Fork Environmental Council.

To stay on the board, Mr. Domino must run again in 2013 for a full four-year term. The former high school teacher said he’ll run again “if they’ll have me.”

A Democrat in a Republican town, Ms. Woodhouse said the odds were stacked against her.

“It’s hard to make inroads in established voting patterns,” she said. “I think we ran a great campaign but there’s a lot of work to do.”

With reporting from Beth Young and Tim Kelly