Hon. Richard B. Smith
PresidentMayor, Village of Nissequogue
Hon. Richard B. SmithMayor, Village of Nissequogue read more
Hon. Raymond Fell
1st Vice PresidentMayor, Village of Bellport
Raymond Fell has been the mayor of the Incorporated Village of Bellport for the past three years, following a thirty-seven year career as an educator in the Patchogue-Medford School District. As mayor, Ray has been a strong advocate for his village. Having been a resident of Bellport for forty-three years, his efforts have focused on developing strategies to improve the village’s infrastructure, financial health, recreational resources, and community pride. He has also been vigorous in securing grants to help advance the quality of life for the residents of Bellport.
Mayor Fell’s dedication to the children in his community is palpable and has been demonstrated in the work he carried out while at Patchogue-Medford. Ray worked as a high school physical education teacher for thirteen years. He was a middle school principal for thirteen years and district superintendent for eleven.
Ray has also been an active participant in the Bellport community. He has been a member of the Bellport Country Club, as well as serving as a member and the chairperson of the community’s Golf and Tennis Commission for ten years.
Ray is happily married to his wife, Deborah, for the last forty-three years. They have a daughter, Gillian.
1st Vice President
Hon. Raymond FellMayor, Village of Bellport read more
Hon. Jean M. Thatcher
2nd Vice PresidentMayor, Village Lloyd Harbor
Mayor Jean Thatcher was first elected Mayor of Lloyd Harbor in 2014. Prior to her role as Mayor, Ms. Thatcher served as Deputy Mayor Trustee from 2000-2014. Mayor Thatcher's Professional Experience includes working for the Medical Malpractice Insurance Association as Sr. VP and Chief Operating Officer of insurer underwriting high risk pools of NY State. Mayor Thatcher also worked for the Combined Coordinating Council, Inc. as VP of captive insurance company manager, overseeing captive insurers in Bermuda and Barbados for 8 New York City teaching hospitals. Additional experience in the insurance field includes teaching as an Adjunct Professor for the College of Insurance. Other organizations and roles Mayor Thatcher has been a part of have included acting as President for Volunteers for Wildlife, Trustee for the North Shore Land Alliance, and founding member as well as First President of The Caumsett Foundation. Additionally, she acted as Chairman from 1991-2001 of the Concerned Citizens for 25A, as well as President of the Board of Trustees for the Old First Church in Huntington from 2009-2011. Mayor Thatcher has attended Sweet Briar College, and Barnard College at Columbia University.
2nd Vice President
Hon. Jean M. ThatcherMayor, Village Lloyd Harbor read more
Hon. Robert J. Scottaline
Secretary/TreasurerMayor, Village of Lake Grove
Hon. Robert J. ScottalineMayor, Village of Lake Grove read more
Hon. Allan M. Dorman
Immediate Past PresidentMayor, Village of Islandia
First elected to office in 2005, Islandia Mayor Allan Dorman has kept his promise to initiate change and growth in the village. He has implemented many improvements including a comprehensive road improvement program and the Islandia Senior Bus, a service that shuttles senior citizens curb-to-curb for doctors visits and shopping trips.
As a Vietnam Veteran, Mayor Dorman was committed to having a memorial built to honor the many community veterans. In November 2009 the Islandia Veterans Memorial was dedicated, and its showcase eternal flame has since become a village landmark. Very visible in the community, Mayor Dorman is well known for his "Cup of Joe with the Mayor" visits with residents on Saturday mornings, where he meets them with coffee and donuts and listens to their concerns and suggestions.
An Islandia resident for more than 30 years, Mayor Dorman retired from United Parcel Service after 28 years in management and currently serves as 1st Vice President of the Suffolk County Village Officials Association.
Immediate Past President
Hon. Allan M. DormanMayor, Village of Islandia read more
Hon. Ralph A. Scordino
Past PresidentMayor, Village of Babylon
Mayor Scordino has been a catalyst for change in Babylon Village throughout his time as Mayor. He has ushered Babylon through numerous changes and improvements including making road renovations, installing new lighting, purchasing fire equipment and maintaining and upgrading trails from Argyle Lake to Southards Pond. Mayor Scordino was influential in making Babylon Village the first municipality in Suffolk County to offer WiFi in the business district; under his watch, Babylon Village was awarded the 2010 Vision Long Island Smart Growth Award.
Mayor Scordino was an educator for 34 years. He can often be seen throughout the Village where he spends a great deal of time, and this offers the residents the advantage of having a Mayor who is visible and easily accessible. Ralph and his wife Linda have been married for 35 years and raised their two children here.
Hon. Ralph A. ScordinoMayor, Village of Babylon read more
Hon. Paul V. Pontieri, Jr.
Past PresidentMayor, Village of Patchogue
Elected Mayor for the first time in 2004 and again in 2008 and 2012, and Village Trustee for the prior eleven years, Mayor Paul Pontieri has served the Village of Patchogue for 19 years. During his eight years as mayor, Paul Pontieri has made economic development his top priority, and he has focused on putting “feet on Main Street,” the heart of the village. With this as the Mayor’s basic philosophy, during his tenure in office, Patchogue has experienced a revitalization made possible by over $150 million dollars in public and private investment. Mayor Pontieri has established Patchogue as a successful model of smart growth, with a number of major economic development initiatives that he and his administration have spearheaded.
Mayor Pontieri was a school administrator for many years and a former businessman. In August 2009, he was appointed Brookhaven Deputy Town Supervisor for Economic Development, a position he held for two years. He is the Governor’s appointee to the Board of Directors of Suffolk County Community College, a member of the Board of Directors of the Long Island Regional Planning Council, Executive Board Member of the New York Conference of Mayors, a Trustee of Independent Group Home Living (IGHL), and past president of the Suffolk County Village Officials Association. Mayor Pontieri is also involved in many community organizations and activities, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Patchogue-Medford Youth and Community Services. The Long Island Housing Partnership, the Regional Planning Association, and Vision Long Island have honored Mayor Pontieri for his accomplishments in the revitalization of downtown Patchogue, and for the village’s commitment to providing affordable housing for its residents.
Mayor Pontieri was born and raised in the Village of Patchogue. He graduated from Patchogue High School and raised his family in the place he has always called home.
Hon. Paul V. Pontieri, Jr.Mayor, Village of Patchogue read more
Hon. Paul F. Rickenbach, Jr.
Past PresidentMayor, Village of East Hampton
Elected to an unprecedented four terms as mayor of the Village of East Hampton, Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach, Jr. has spent most of his life as a dedicated public servant. He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, serving in the Panama Canal Zone. Mayor Rickenbach became a police officer in September of 1958, joining the East Hampton Village Police Dept. A graduate of the New York State Police Academy, the Suffolk County Police Academy and Suffolk County Community College with a degree in criminal justice, he became Officer-in-Charge of criminal investigations undertaken by the East Hampton Village Police Department, and retired with the rank of Detective Sergeant. Paul was appointed Trustee in the Village of East Hampton, then subsequently elected as mayor.
Among his many honors and distinctions, Paul served as President of the Suffolk County Police Association, as well as two terms as President of the Suffolk County Village Officials Association. Building on the previously established Main Street Historic District, Paul’s greatest legacy resides in the creation of historic districts and landmarks within East Hampton, including the Hook Historic District, the Hunting Lane Historic District and the Ocean Avenue Historic District. He helped bestow landmark status upon the Odd Fellows Hall, the East Hampton Train Station and the Thomas Moran Property. Under Paul’s leadership, East Hampton adopted a “Comprehensive Plan” and an “Open Space Plan” that safeguarded eight endangered historic properties within the village.
Born in Jackson Heights, and raised in Great Neck, Mayor Rickenbach and his wife Jean reside in East Hampton and they have two daughters and four grandchildren.
Hon. Paul F. Rickenbach, Jr.Mayor, Village of East Hampton read more
Hon. Paul J. Tonna
Executive DirectorFormer Suffolk County Presiding Officer
The Honorable Paul Jude Tonna serves as Executive Director of the Suffolk County Village Officials Association. He also serves as Molloy College’s Executive Director for The Energeia Partnership, a leadership academy dedicated to identifying and addressing the serious, complex and multi-dimensional issues challenging the Long Island, New York region. He is Managing Partner of Praxis Public Relations, Inc. a business consulting and government relations company.
Mr. Tonna served from 1994 to 2005 as a Suffolk County Legislator and for three years, 2000-2002, his fellow legislators chose him to lead the Suffolk County Legislature as its Presiding Officer. During Legislator Tonna’s 12 years of elected office, he had been a strong advocate for the poor, homeless and marginalized on Long Island, affordable housing, labor organizations, and the environment. He sponsored, co-sponsored, and passed numerous laws and/or initiatives including: ground breaking non-smoking legislation; innovative programs focused on eliminating child poverty and homelessness; legislation designed to elevate the standard of living for all Suffolk County residents and innovative Greenways Funds to protect open space, farmlands and parklands.
Paul Tonna is a strong advocate of immigrants working and living on Long Island. The 2003 award- winning film documentary Farmingville chronicled some of those efforts. He has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows including: Lou Dobbs, CNN; The Oxygen Network; LI Telecare; TV 55, The Rosie O’Donnell Show; News 12 Long Island; NBC News 4 and PBS WLIW 21.<br>
Mr. Tonna is a former Adjunct Professor in Theology Religious Studies at St. John’s University. He is the former Chairman of the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) and former Vice-Chairman of the Long Island Regional Planning Council. Mr. Tonna is an active member of many not-for-profit boards including: The Advanced Energy Research Technology Center (Stony Brook University), Energeia Board of Advisors (Molloy College), The Long Island Index Advisory Board, and Erase Racism’s College of Advisors. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Suffolk County Village Officials Association (SCVOA) and the United States Green Building Council's Long Island Chapter (USGBC-LI). Mr. Tonna is Chairman Commissioner of the South Huntington Water District; Founding Director of Empire National Bank, and on the Board of Directors of BioRestorative Therapies, Inc. (“BRT”) a life sciences biotechnology company focused on adult stem cell-based cellular therapies for various personal medical applications.
Paul Tonna has received many awards and honors including: Molloy College’s Caritas Medal; St. John’s University St. Vincent De Paul Medal; Suffolk County Human Rights Commission Legislator of the Year; National Association of Social Workers Public Citizen of the Year; Habitat for Humanity Man of the Year; The Nature Conservancy’s Conservation Award; Networking Magazine’s David Award; Long Island Business News 50 Around 50 Award; ACIT Community Advocate Award; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission Public Service Award, American Jewish Committee Community Service Honoree and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.
Mr. Tonna earned an undergraduate degree in philosophy from New York University, a Masters of Arts degree in theology from Immaculate Conception Seminary and conducted doctoral studies in systematic theology at Fordham University.
Paul Tonna resides in Huntington, New York with his wife Carol and his children: Peter, Paul, John, Grace, Mary, Carolann, Joseph and Lucy.
Hon. Paul J. TonnaFormer Suffolk County Presiding Officer read more
Hon. Peter A. Bee, Esq.
CounselFormer Mayor, Village of Garden City
Peter Bee is a partner in the 18-attorney law firm of Bee Ready Fishbein Hatter &amp; Donovan, LLP, where he concentrates in municipal, labor &amp; employment law. A graduate of St. John’s University (undergraduate and law), Mr. Bee founded his law firm in 1980 after ten years of Nassau County Government experience. Mr. Bee’s clients include local governments at the County, Town, Village and Special District levels. He has served as Counsel to numerous zoning and planning boards throughout Long Island. He is a former School Board Trustee, Village Trustee, and Village Mayor in his home town of Garden City. Mr. Bee currently serves as Counsel to our own Suffolk County Village Officials Association. He is a published author on a variety of municipal law topics, and a frequent speaker at professional associations.