Quiet Board of Ed races this year — except in Mattituck-Cutchogue


While most North Fork board of education candidates will run unopposed next month, Mattituck-Cutchogue will see seven candidates competing for three open seats. 

In Oysterponds, Southold and Greenport, incumbents are running unopposed.

Mattituck-Cutchogue Board Member William Gatz is the only incumbent in the district who filed papers to run for BOE this year. Jeffrey Smith resigned last fall and moved to Florida and after longtime president Jerry Diffley resigned last summer, a seat to fill the rest of his term is up for grabs as well.

The following individuals filed petitions to run for BOE in Mattituck-Cutchogue: Edward Hassildine, MaryLynn Hoeg, William Gatz, Brian Mealy, Tonya Kaiser-Witczak, Barbara Talbot and George Haase.

The top two vote-getters in the May 17 election will earn the full three-year terms, while the third-place winner will serve the rest of Mr. Diffley’s term, which will run through June 30, 2017.

In Southold, Judi Fouchet will run unopposed.

Incumbents Dorothy-Dean Thomas, Thomas Stevenson and Krista de Kerillis are running in Oysterponds.

And in Greenport, Tina Volinski and Heather Wolf are running unopposed to hold onto their seats.

It was not immediately clear who, if anyone, will be seeking office in the New Suffolk School District. Requests for comment from the district were not returned.