On the last days day candidates have to decline candidacies and parties have the authority to put non-party members on the ballot, the Suffolk Board of Elections was frenzied with last-minute activity Monday in many towns:
Babylon — Republican Supervisor candidate Valerie Shiver of Deer Park has declined the party’s nomination. The town GOP has till Thursday to name a replacement.
Brookhaven — Democratic town board candidate Joseph Turdik has declined to run against GOP Brookhaven town board member Kathleen Walsh, while Conservative Annarosa DalValle has also declined against Walsh in a Conservative primary. But Conservatives have filed general objections to challenge Walsh’s Conservative petitions to get on the ballot. Despite earlier rumors, town Democrats are not cross-endorsing Walsh.
Islip — The Independence Party has issued a certificate to allow Republican town board member Steve Flotteron and Democratic challenger James Morgo, non-party members, to run a minor party primary against GOP contender Trish Bergin, an Independence Party member who is switching to the GOP after Election Day. Independence Party town board candidate Eliot Bloom also has dropped out, and sources say MacKay is likely to install Democratic town board member Christopher Bodkin to create a four-way primary for two seats.