Brookhaven Supervisor Brian Foley made his debut as a State Senate candidate Tuesday night at the standing room only crowd at the Islip Democratic convention in West Sayville -- and immediately got an angry earful from town party chairman Ivan Young, according those in attendance.
Young criticized Foley for “disrespecting” him and his town party for failing to consult with anyone before announcing his decision to take on 36-year GOP State Caesar Trunzo, 82, hours before last week’s county Democratic convention.
Later, Young said, “This is a situation that could have been easily avoided with a simple phone call telling me and the candidates that there were negotiations going on with Senate Democrats prior to the convention.”
Foley, appearing before more than 70 party activists, said that no offense was intended, conceded he should have reached out ahead of time and apologized to Young. He added that he was waiting on committments from Senate Democrats before making a final decision. Foley did not return calls for comment yesterday.