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Highway Superintendent
Four-year term; one open seat
Salary: $106,506

Vincent Orlando

Occupation: Superintendent of Highways

Hamlet: Southold

Party lines: Republican, Conservative, Independence

About him: Mr. Orlando, 56, has been highway superintendent since 2014 and has been responsible for the daily oversight and duties of 35 employees.

His pitch: Mr. Orlando said that to him, the superintendent of highways is the most rewarding public servant position to have in a small town like Southold. He is motivated by the instant gratification the position provides. “Seeing results by solving a drainage issue when installing a drain today, and tomorrow it rains and the system installed works perfectly — that’s satisfaction,” he said. The feeling is the same when a winter storm is about to hit and citizens wake up to a plowed and sanded road for them to safely travel to work, school or home, he said.

In his words: “When you leave for the day then return and see your road has been resurfaced, it’s highway working hard for you.”

Gene Wesnofske

Occupation: Farmer

Hamlet: Cutchogue

Party lines: Democratic

About him: Mr. Wesnofske, 70, has been a vegetable farmer in Peconic for the last 50 years. He lives in Cutchogue with his wife of 38 years, Cheryl, and has five children and six grandchildren. He runs two farm stands and sells produce at 10 different farmers markets.

His pitch: Mr. Wesnofske has farmed in Southold Town for 50 years and his name is well-known throughout the town, he said. He said he is an honest, hardworking person who has worked long hours on his farm to succeed and that he will do the same for the people of Southold Town as their highway superintendent. He described himself as a person who gets along with people. He has employed a large number of people on his farm, so he knows how to manage employees. He said he has kept his farm going on a tight budget and will do the same with the highway department’s budget.

In his words: “I am a dedicated person and will get the job done right. I have a motto: Actions speak louder than words.”

11/02/13 12:00pm
11/02/2013 12:00 PM

Town Highway Superintendent candidates Vincent M. Orlando (left) and Eugene L. Wesnofske.

Four-year term, one open seat
Salary: $100,857

Vincent M. Orlando
Hamlet: Southold
Occupation: Community volunteer
Party lines: Republican, Independence

About him: Mr. Orlando, 52, grew up in Miller Place. His father worked in the Brookhaven Town Highway Department and was also a Long Island Sound lobsterman. Mr. Orlando is married with two children and has lived in Southold Town for more than 20 years. His community volunteer work includes serving as the Southold Town parks and recreation committee chairman, a member of the Southold Town’s renewable energy committee and a CAST volunteer. He has also served on the Southold Town’s Zoning Board of Appeals and was a Southold Town councilman from 2007 to 2011, before not seeking re-election.

His pitch: Mr. Orlando believes a combination of practical and theoretical skills is the best approach to finding long-term solutions in the highway department. He also believes the current staff’s talent has been under-utilized and plans to better tap into individual laborers’ skills to create a more efficient department.

In his words: “Through my leadership, I will reduce duplication of services and improve preventive maintenance of our equipment and our infrastructure.”

Eugene L. Wesnofske

Hamlet: Cutchogue

Occupation: Auto mechanic, farmer

Party line: Democratic

About him: Mr. Wesnofske, 32, is a Southold Town native who grew up on his family farm in Peconic, where he continues to help out. He’s also worked at Wheeler’s Garage in Southold for 12 years. Mr. Wesnofske is a member of the Long Island Antique Power Association.

His pitch: Mr. Wesnofske said he believes he’s qualified for the highway superintendent position because of his farming experience. On the farm, he said, he learned about planning, marketing, bookkeeping, supervising of employees and the mechanics of different equipment. During the off-season, Mr. Wesnofske said he also plows snow and does tree work.

In his words: “I am comfortable with myself and my skills and I know that I am capable of doing what I have been called upon to do.”