Many Happy Returns

Two Law Center family members scored upset wins in races in the 18-member Suffolk County Legislature: Manuel Esteban ’18, a staff attorney at the Diocese of Rockville Centre, unseated 2-term incumbent Susan Berland in District 16 (West-Central Suffolk), and 1st Year Flex Time student Brendan Sweeney, an aide to Brookhaven Supervisor Edward Romaine, defeated 6-term incumbent Sarah Anker in the 6th District (North Central Brookhaven).

Five grads won judicial races: Former Law Review Editor-in-Chief and long-time State Supreme Court Law Secretary Steve Pilewski ’94 won a seat on Suffolk County Court. Suffolk District Court Judge Alfred Graf ’02 moved up to Suffolk Family Court. Before donning the robes the former NYC police officer and upstate Town Supervisor served three terms in the NY State Assembly. The race for Suffolk District Court – 5th District (Islip) was an all-Touro affair. Bernard Cheng ‘94, a Suffolk Family Court Judge since 2010, and Suffolk Legal Aid attorney Jonathan Bloom ’96 won the two available seats. On Suffolk’s East End, Barbara Wilson ’91 was re-elected to a 7th term as Southampton Town Justice.

In Nassau, Glen Cove solo Kevin Maccarone ’16 won a second term on the Glen Cove City Council, regaining the seat he lost in 2019.

Not all returns were happy, though. Claudia Lovas ’00, Managing Attorney at American Family Insurance, lost her bid to unseat 18-year incumbent Denise Ford in the Nassau County Legislature 4th District (Atlantic Beach, Lido Beach, Long Beach and Point Lookout). And Associate Professor Michael Lewyn, Director of the Institute on Land Use and Sustainable Development, trailed the major party candidates as the standard-bearer of the Libertarian Party in the race for Manhattan Borough President.


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